Shakatak: ONLY STANDING ROOM TICKETS LEFT
Update 8th March: Remaining bar service tickets are for standing room only.
Saturday 9th March 2013, Tickets £13, Doors 7pm, Show 9pm
*PLEASE NOTE: The Saturday night ticket price includes entry to Hideaway's late music session, which follows the live show!*
These British chart-topping Jazz-Funk pioneers will show us exactly what kind of sound is required for international success.
Jill Saward — vocals, percussion, flute
Bill Sharpe — keyboards
Roger Odell — drums
George Anderson — bass
Jill was born in Tooting, London. There was never any doubt she was going to be an entertainer, always showing off and trying to steal the limelight at functions and celebrations. When Jill reached 16 she knew it was time to get serious and break into the business. The Melody Maker was the musician's bible and all great acts were generally formed from this paper. Jill saw an advert looking for a great male vocalist 'with balls' and thought the job should be hers! Needless to say she got it through sheer cheek and determination. The band was called Fusion Orchestra and set out to dominate the British club scene from 1969 through to 1972. In 1980 and whilst commuting back and forth from Paris to the UK, her former band mate Nigel Wright had put together some interesting demos with Roger Odell and Bill Sharpe, inspired by the new wave of jazz funk emerging from the USA, this group went on to emerge as Shakatak.
After graduating from Birmingham University with an honours degree in music, Bill started to work for the BBC as a studio manager and continued to play in bands as he did throughout his school years. In 1980, along with Keith and Roger and producer Nigel Wright, Bill formed Shakatak. As the band's success continued through the 80's, he released his first solo album "Famous People" in 1985. One song on the album featured Gary Numan called "Change your Mind" .It became a top 20 hit and also heralded the start of a successful collaboration with Gary under the name of "Sharpe and Numan". Apart from working with Gary , Bill also found time to write with and for other artists all over the world. From Yusuko Agawe in Japan to Annabella from "Bow Wow Wow" in the UK.
George started playing the trombone in his school orchestra which gave him the buzz for music. He got his first bass at 16 and set about learning it, at that time he was interested in soul and funk music locked himself in his bedroom and set about practising, learning all the bass lines he could. He also took some lessons from Laurence Canty at Goldsmith's College. He is influenced by the likes of Chris Squire, Andy Fraser and Jaco Pastorius.
Musically, Roger's first love was always straight-ahead contemporary jazz, and in the past he has played with many of the great names on the UK scene including Don Rendell, Barbara Thompson, Dick Morrissey, Terry Smith, Joe Harriott and countless others. He currently runs his a popular jazz night at the The Cherry Tree in Suffolk.