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Incognito & Friends

SUNDAY 8 APRIL 2018

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An acid jazz project with deep roots in the 1970s jazz/funk/soul world, Incognito was originally formed by Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick and Paul "Tubbs" Williams in 1979. Both were the original members of the late-'70s disco-funk group Light of the World. Whist Tubbs had been a contributing member of another L.O.T.W. off shot Beggar & Co, Bluey had formed Freeez with Jonny Rocca and Peter Maas, but throughout the time that they worked on other projects they would meet at Bluey's house in North London to play music in a makeshift bedroom studio, for they both had a musical affinity and an undying love for funky jazz. 

They decided to take a couple of their home made jams into the studio, and so it is that Incognito debuted with the single "Parisienne Girl" (which also featured another L.O.T.W member Peter Hinds) and released the 1981 LP “Jazz Funk”. The planned second album "Behind The Mask" in 1983 went into a jazz rock fusion direction and came out under another name (The Warriors). Throughout the 80's Bluey continued to write material for his group, even while working with Maxi Priest, Total Contrast, Steven Dante and others. Tubbs went on to work with George Michael and Rosie Gaines and later moved to the Netherlands. By the beginning of the 1990s, DJ legend and early Incognito fan Gilles Peterson had founded the Talkin' Loud label and he made Incognito one of his first signings. The 1991 single "Always There" (with vocals by Jocelyn Brown) became a Top Ten hit as part of Britain's booming acid jazz scene, prompting the release of Incognito's official second album "Inside Life". It was largely a studio affair, with Bluey and engineer Simon Cotsworth directing a large cast with many of the best musicians in Britain's fertile groove community. 

The band toured relentlessly and Pamela Anderson and Joy Malcolm were brought in as featured vocalists on their 1995 world-wide hit album “100° And Rising”. Leak returned ‘though... appearing on the following year's luscious and warm sounding "Beneath the Surface". 

In 2010 they issued two albums: “Live in London: The 30th Anniversary Concert” and the studio set “Transatlantic R.P.M.”, featuring guest appearances by Chaka Khan, Mario Biondi, Leon Ware, Al McKay, Christian Urich from Tortured Soul, Ursula Rucker, and Maysa among others. A cover of the classic Boz Scaggs "Lowdown" saw the band international status grow more and more popular. "Surreal" in 2012 featured Vanessa Haynes and two newcomers Natalie Williams and Mo Brandis with the addition of new younger musicians in the rhythm section, and once again the band took on a fresh direction on an old musical theme and provided their fans with unforgettable live shows. 

The band happily celebrated it's 35th birthday in 2014 and the release of their 16th studio album. 

Sing Jazz 2018 is excited and honoured to have this electrifying band on stage for a round of fun, high-energy music.

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