Yolanda Charles & The Deep MO (Friday)
Friday 8th March, Tickets £13, Doors 7pm, Music 9pm
*PLEASE NOTE: The Friday night ticket price includes entry to Hideaway's late music session, which follows the live show!*
Yolanda Charles & The Deep MO
Funk fusion from this red hot group, known for the super-tight unison riffs between the guitar and band-leader Yolanda on bass, and catchy syncopated rhythms that will get you moving whether you intend to or not!
Yolanda Charles - Bass/lead vocals
Jack Pollitt - drums
Robert Mitchell - Piano
Rickardo Reid - synth/keyboards
Mike Winawer - Guitar
Gina Foster - Backing vocals
Bassist Yolanda Charles impressed on the scene from the earliest days of her career, playing for Jimmy Sommerville and in the bands Raw Stylus and Urban Species. Beginning to play at 15 with a musical diet of soul, funk and reggae, the journey was set for this amazing bassist who leads this red hot funk fusion band tonight.
Those early live performances led to a stellar session career, working for stars such as Paul Weller, Marcella Detroit, Howard New, Pops Mohammed, Alison Moyet, Desert Eagle Discs, Gabrielle, Robbie Williams, BB King, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Van Morrison, and even recording bass on a Michael Jackson session with Jermaine Jackson. Other highlights include working with Mick Jagger on the soundtrack for the 2004 remake of Caine classic, Alfie, and performing in Japan with one of their biggest stars, Utada Hikaru. Recent session work includes performing live with Natasha Bedingfield and Sinead O’Conner.
But on to this fantastic band, The Deep MO. Yolanda has been writing songs for almost as long as she has played bass, but it wasn’t until around 2002, working on the Robbie Williams tour, that she stopped leaving her originals on demo-tapes and recorded her first song, ‘Fantasy’, an experience she describes as the most rewarding musically that she’d ever had.
This new impetus led to recording sessions with Carleen Anderson, Shaun Escoffery, Vanessa Freeman and Mandy Lecointe performing on vocals, with the finished work, 2003 album The Game, exploring all the creativity Yolanda’s demo archive had evidenced, a writing and recording process that has continued – in her words, “I got the bug!”
From this, The Deep MO was formed, Yolanda taking over lead vocals alongside some of the band from that previous project. They have been rocking audiences on the London and festival scene ever since, releasing their first EP in 2009, recording a single that year too with The Style Council’s Dee C Lee, and supporting Level 42’s 30th Anniversary tour in 2010.
A pianist and composer with six albums and two BBC Jazz Award nominations to his name, Mitchell joined TDMO in 2008 after his distinctive style caught the ear on a workshop tour with the band, his beautifully performed solos and superbly syncopated rhythms adding another vital element to the mix.
With a CV including stand-out names such as Cuban violinist Omar Puente, saxophonist Julian Siegel and vibraphonist Corey Mwamba, he has also worked with Courtney Pine, Steve Coleman, Norma Winstone, Greg Osby and Matana Roberts as well as appearing on the USONIC album Evolution. He has also been nominated twice for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award (Composition) and in 2009 his group 3io won Best Jazz Album in the prestigious Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards. Mitchell has been a Steinway Artist since 2009, adding his name to the historic roster that includes Daniel Barenboim, Geri Allen, Billy Taylor, McCoy Tyner, Arthur Rubenstein and our own Joanna MacGregor and Julian Joseph.
As one fifth of the UK soul sensation Mamas Gun the London born and bred drummer, Jack Pollitt, divides his time between being ‘in a band’ and working as a session musician. A tough balancing act if you can manage it, and so far Jack has enjoyed an illustrious career performing and recording with artists such as Beyonce Knowles, Pharrell Williams, Beverly Knight, Ed Sheeran, Lee Ryan, Shapeshifters, Fran Healy, David McAlmont, Zarif, Dennis Rollins, David Arnold, Sam Brown, Barefoot, Katrina & The Waves, and Ola Onabule to name but a few.
Taking on the role of playing drums for the Deep MO allowing regular drummer Miles Bould to play percussion, Jack adds the superb touch of his sensitive, musical and heavily funky groove. “I am really thrilled to be playing with Deep MO again! A great band for a great project. These are the kind of gigs musicians like me get really excited about”.
Michael has performed with a diverse range of artists, from Candi Staton to Daft Punk, and met Yolanda Charles while gigging with British Blue-Gospel star Beth Rowley. Currently touring and writing a new album with BBC World Music Award nominee Oi Va Voi, Michael releases his own debut EP The Big Steal, a jazz-ska collaboration with pianist Bruno Heinen and vocalist Yvette Riby-Williams, this summer.
Rickardo has played with Raw Stylus and was part of Motown signed R&B group Kreuz, the result of which enabled him to work on studio sessions with Destiny's Child, Roachford, Craig David, Matt Goss, Mica Paris, Omar, Maysa Leak and Incognito. He can often be seen with jazz guitarist Ciyo as part of his jazz reggae and world music projects.