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The two January 2011 concerts were a sell out at High Barn, Gret Bardfield and were a huge success in a superb venue with incredible acoustics (even Midge Ure said about High Barn "I want one"
Tracks from their forthcoming new CD "Across the Word were given their live premier as well as many of the old favourites such as: Night Birds, Day by Day, Dark Is The Night, Emotionally Blue, Afterglow and of course Down On The Street to end the evening to great applause and repeated encores.
Shakatak have enjoyed a level of success and career longevity rarely paralleled in contemporary music-but then Shakatak is a particularly unusual group. Because of the nature of their music,their fan base is one that is far reaching while always retaining an ‘underground element’.This paradox sees the band,who are known primarily as serious jazz/funk musicians,enjoying both high ‘cult’ status and instant recognition as a household name
The band consisted of the four original members Bill Sharpe (piano & Keys), Jill Saward (lead vocals, percussion & flute), Roger Odell (drums) & George Anderson (bass guitar), augmented with Alan Wormald (guitar) and Jacqui Hicks (tenor sax, flute and backing vocals). All producing a musically dynamic and entertaining show from the 6 piece line-up.
"Shakatak aren’t just a band, they were the soundtrack to our lives" RONNIE SCOTT’S HOUSE MAGAZINE (UK)
"A wild diversity seldom found anymore…tons of rhythmic and stylistic variety…slamming" JAZZIZ MAGAZINE (USA)
A fabulous gig with superb acoustics and a great sound – as
Watch out for the new Shakatak CD “Across The World” in the Spring