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Neil Gits It Right

21st May 2011
Posted by Neil Matthew

Even with all the wonders of the internet readily available at my fingertips in the studio, there are plenty of occasions when I just have to rely on the old grey matter when it comes to telling my loyal listener some of the useful information he/she really needs to know to accompany the cool soul I play each week ! Sometimes I just can’t find what I want online and sometimes I just can’t find it quick enough – and I’m sure you’d rather I just “busked it” and kept the music flowing rather than leave two minutes of “dead air” while I click away on my little mouse. So I was quite pleased when I did some research after last week’s show and was delighted to find I was right – twice! – about both Freddie Hubbard & Joe Sample, being a jazz trumpeter and a keyboard player (with  The Crusaders) respectively.

Another fascinating insight into the life of an “Old Git” on a radio station…

This Week’s Tunes:

James Brown  –  Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine

Rick James  –  Superfreak

Emotions  –  I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love

Average White Band  –  Let’s Go Round Again (Full Extended Version) 

Chi Lites  –  Changing For You (for Kim in Corringham)

Collage  –  Get In Touch With Me

Alexander O’Neal  –  Sentimental (for Paula in Runwell)

Gene Dunlap  –  Before You Break My Heart

Billy Ocean  –  Red Light Spells Danger

Vicky D  –  This Beat Is Mine

Jacksons  –  Think Happy

O’Jays  –  Sing A Happy Song

Eddie Holman  –  This Will Be A Night To Remember

McCrarys  –  Love On A Summer Night

Unique  –  What I Got Is What You Need

Curtis Hairston  –  I Want You All Tonight

Gino Vannelli  –  I Just Wanna Stop (for Kim again!)

Freda Payne  –  Can’t Wait

B.M.U.  –  You Will Know

Candi Staton  –  Nights On Broadway

Biddu Orchestra  –  RainForest

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out:

Friday 27th May


“The Motown Gold Show”

The Inn On The Green, Mountnessing Road, Billericay, CM12 0EH

Live Music featuring the hits of The Supremes, Temptations, Martha Reeves & more…

8.30pm start  –  Free Entry

Friday 27th May

“Soul Survivors Live”

Bar Vic, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea

“Tunes From The Days Of Caister, Zero 6, Goldmine, Flicks…”

DJ : Jon Barrall

7pm  –  1am       –      Free Admission

Last Friday of each month

Free Admission

Friday 27th May

“Soulful Seduction”

The Inn On The Green, Stanford-le-Hope, SS17 0ER

“Old School, Disco, 70s Funk, 80s Soul, 90s Club Classics & Dance Anthems”

DJs: MJ & Bully

8pm – 11pm  –  Free Admission

Last Friday Of Every Month

Saturday 28th May

QdOS Soul

Civic Hall, Grays

“Jazz Funk Soul & House”

DJs: Tig & Tel  /  Fat Tel / John Ovel / Lee Aldwinckle


Sunday 29th May

“Something For The Bank Holiday Weekend”

Henry’s Bar & Restaurant, Romford Road, Aveley, RM15 4XB

5pm  –  2am       –    Free Entry before 8pm,  £5   after …

“Soul, jazz, funk, house and much more…”

DJs include  Terry Jones, Bob Masters, Mick Farrer, Ginger Tony, Ed Stokes & Pete Collins

Hog roast and Bar-B-Q from 5pm – 8pm !!

Tel: (01708) 864042

Sunday 29th May (Bank Holiday Weekend)

“Open Air Soul Spectacular!”

**Billy Ocean & Tavares – LIVE !**

Plus Gwen Dickey (Rose Royce) & Ray Lewis (Still Drifting)

Lords Golf & Country Club, Rayleigh

Midday – Late

DJs: Ian Reading and guests

Tickets : £25

Further info at:

Sunday 29th May

Fancy a day out on the Kent side ?

“East Kent Soul Connection” presents Soul on the Harbour, Jackson’s Wharf, 30 York Street, Ramsgate Kent, CT11 9DS
2pm till late
Djs:  MickyB, Paul Spickett, Johnny H, & Jason  Anderson, Rookie Penny and special guest….. Caister’s Nick Aravis
“The best in jazzfunk and soul…come down for some fun in the sun
Free admission….see “East Kent Soul Connection” on Facebook

Friday 3rd June

“Zero Soul Night”

Marcos Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh

More info to follow…

Friday 10th June

“Killer Soul – Night 4″
Lords Golf & Country Club , Rayleigh
8pm – 1am
A night of Top Choonz and Anthems over three floors at one of the best venues in the area…..
“Jazz Funk Soul & Dancefloor Anthems”
Saturday 18th June
“Fat Sams Again!”
Basildon United FC, Gardiners Close, Basildon
“Musical Memories from the days of that famous bar at the Crest Hotel…”
Guest DJ – all the way from New Jersey !  –  Andy John
Plus:  Stavros, Pete Collins & Mark Piggott
Tickets £10  –  Only 200 available
Details on (07809) 689968  or visit …
Saturday 2nd July
Hockley Soul Night,
Hockley Community Centre,
Westminster Drive,
8pm – 12.30am
DJ Geoff Grove
Tickets £6 available NOW from Secrets Hairdressing in Rayleigh or …
Saturday 2nd July
“Soul By The Jetty – July Special”
The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island
“The Best Goldmine & Caister Anthems”
DJs: Jon Layton & Mr. Messy plus Gino Muscat & Brian Kelly
Special Guest: Nick Aravis (Caister & Solar Radio)
8pm  –  1am
Entry by WRISTBAND ONLY – available from Jonny on 07989 591399 or email: [email protected] – only £5 each – first come, first served!!
Every Friday:
“Soul @ The Squire”
The Squire Public House, North Street, Romford
Free Entry  –   8pm – 1am
Resident DJ: Steve Kite (Caister)  plus various guests
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh
Last Friday: Soul Survivors, Bar Vic, Southend
Last Friday: Soulful Seduction, Inn On The Green, Stanford Le Hope
First Saturday: Crown Soul Affair, The Crown, Billericay
Bi-Monthly Events:
Hockley Soul Night   –  next one July 2nd
Soul By The Jetty  –  next one July 2nd
Further details above as each night comes around.

Weekenders !

It is that time of year again here are details of the latest event…

Click on the links for more details of DJs, times, accomodation, etc…

Essex Soul Weekender

Friday 17th – Sunday 19th June

Thurrock Hotel, Ship Lane, Aveley

“Old School Soul, R’n’B, Jazz-Funk & Club Classics”

**Special Live Performances by OMAR  &  MARIE GARACCIO**

£45  –  3 days  ;  £30 – day pass!/event.php?eid=177743425572442

 And don’t forget…

Live Jazz @ The Inn On The Green – Mountnessing Road, Billericay

Every First Sunday of the month

Lunchtime Session: 1pm – 4pm

Next date : 5th June

If you enjoy the show, then the chances are you will like what happens each month here with music provided by The Dan Banks Duo

Admission is FREE !  Hope to add more details here soon…

Also recommended…

Friday nights at…

Lot 75 , Shenfield with Graham Norton

Plasma, Wickford with Geoff Grove

Both guys play every other week and include plenty of “our” tunes amongst other styles…

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place early in 2011 ? Let me know the details whether you are a DJ or a punter and I can spread the word to fellow “Old Gits” in this space !

E-mail: [email protected] or send a voice/text message to (01268)833978

The Old Gits Soul Show is on Gateway 97.8 in Basildon & East Thurrock and also around the world from 7pm – 9pm every Monday – plus you can catch it again Saturday evening from 5pm – 7pm