Artist tributes

Al Jarreau – singer, songwriter, performer extrordinaire and absolute gentleman passes

Sadly, yet another Soul/ Jazz superstar has passed away.  The legendary Al Jarreau died on Sunday 12th February.  He was 76.  Jarreau was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 12th March 1940.  The fifth of six children, he was the son of a church minister and a church pianist.   A church in which he and his […]

Sharon Jones – R.I.P

Sharon Lafaye Jones – 4th May 1956 – 18th November 2016 Sharon Jones was considered by many to be the spiritual leader of the 2nd wave of funk music production that initially grew out of the late Acid Jazz/early ‘Deep Funk’ days, where more commonly heard sounds where being replaced by a desire to dig […]


Cleethorpes may not be a hot bed of popular culture, but it is the birth place of one of its most successful songwriters in Rodney Lynn Temperton.  Better known as Rod, he was born in the town on 9th October 1949.   He went onto write or co-write some of the late 70s and early 80s […]

R.I.P Kashif

Soul singer Kashif Saleem (nee Michael Jones) passed away on Sunday 25th September.  He was just 56.  Kashif was one of the most influential and successful singers and producers of the eighties.  His innovative uses of synthesisers, computerised beats and basslines helped define the music of that era alongside the likes of Jimmy Jam and […]

Bobby Hutcherson – R.I.P

BOBBY HUTCHERSON –  GENIUS OF FREE AND BLUESY VIBES Bobby Hutcherson’s contribution to Jazz as a vibraphonist stands second to none and that includes the likes of Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson and on the Fusion side Roy Ayers.  His work straddles, Hard Bop, Free Jazz, Latin and Jazz Funk.  He made his name, however recording […]


GATO BARBIERI – SAXOPHONIST EXTRAORDINAIRE It is with great sadness that Soul Brother has to report the passing of another great.   Saxophonist Leandro Barbieri, better known as ‘Gato’ passed away on 2nd April 2016 at the age of 83 following a bout of pneumonia.   His nickname ‘El Gato’ (Spanish for ‘The Cat’) derived from […]


LEON HAYWOOD – A MELLOW KINDA FELLOW Soul singer, producer and songwriter Leon Haywood passed away in his sleep on 5th April 2016.  He was 74.  Born, Otha Leon Haywood in Houston Texas on 11th February 1942, he listened to blues extensively as a child and was playing piano by the age of four.    An […]


It is with immense sadness that we learned of the death of one of Soul and Funk’s greatest musicians, writers, producers and singers.  Maurice White, founder of Earth Wind And Fire passed away on Thursday 4th February after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, with which he was diagnosed in the early 90’s.   Earth Wind […]

Idris Muhammad – R.I.P

THE POWER OF THE SOUL DRUMMER Listening to Idris Muhammad’s ‘Could Heaven Ever Be Like This’ – a long-term favourite of mine from the halcyon days of Robbie Vincent’s BBC Radio London show –was like being momentarily transported to Jazz Funk paradise – well for 8 minutes at least. That was way back in ’77, […]

Henry Stone- R.I.P

HENRY STONE – TK LABEL CO OWNER AND BOSS: RIP   Few executives epitomized the music industry’s golden era more than TK’s Henry Stone.  Henry Stone (nee Epstein) was a larger than life character, whose career spanned over 60 years.  His CV is pretty impressive.  For example, he helped discover Ray Charles and he was […]