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Neil Gits To The Jetty At Last

31st August 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

Over the last couple of years I have tried to get to as many of the regular soul gigs that I plug on my show as possible, which is not easy as I usually work on Saturday nights myself ! However, most boxes have now been ticked and I’ve met many fellow soul fans who have become valued Facebook Friends and re-connected with a number of soul DJs I haven’t seen for a few years – decades in one or two cases !! The one that had so far slipped the net is also one of the longest established and most popular, but last Saturday, having worked all day instead of in the evening, I was finally able to attend “Soul By The Jetty” at the Lobster Smack on Canvey Island – and so pleased I did. It’s a smashing venue, perfectly recapturing the feel of the old Goldmine which was situated a short walk away, well attended by a friendly crowd containing several familiar faces, who danced all night, helped by a super sound system which poured out top tune after top tune provided by a team of onfire DJs – can’t wait to get back !! And I won’t be able to help myself “nicking” a couple of the tracks played for my show over the next few weeks … but here is this week’s selection:

The Tunes

Hi Tension  –  Hi Tension 


Roy Ayers  –  Running Away


Stylistics  –  Sing Baby Sing


Dee Clark  –  Ride A Wild Horse


Gap Band  –  You Dropped A Bomb On Me


Lenny White  –  Didn’t Know About Love


KC & Jo-Jo  –  All My Life


Earth Wind & Fire – Keep Your Head To The Sky


Whispers  –  Imagination


Jacksons  –  Lovely One


Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band  –  Caught In The Moment


Kariya  –  Let Me Love You For Tonight


Shakatak  –  Takin’ Off


O’Jays  –  Love Train


Shalamar  –  I Can Make You Feel Good


Phylllis Hyman  –  Set A Little Trap


Mica Paris  –  I Bless The Day


Cool Million feat Kenny Thomas  –  Without Your Love


Manhattan Transfer  –  Spice Of Life


Mel Torme  –  Coming Home Baby


Danny Williams  –  Dancing Easy


Direct Drive  –  Time Machine

David Sanborn  –  Chicago Song

The Gigs

Saturday 1st September (and Saturday 24th November)

“Soulful Seduction”

The Treacle Mine, Lodge Lane, Grays

DJs: Matt J & Bully

Free Admission   –   8pm – 12 Midnight

“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco / 90s Club Classics”


Saturday 1st September

“Robbie Vincent & Jeff Young – Together !”

Banks Bar, 76 Bank Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1SJ

8pm  –  2am     –   Tickets £15   –  Tel: (01622) 676799


Saturday 1st September

“Soul On The Harbour”

Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate

8pm  –  1am    –    Free Entry

DJs: Tommy Gun, Penny K, John Herbert

Paul Spickett & Carl Hyde


Thursday 6th September

“Shakatak – Live !”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon Town Centre, SS14 1DL

7.30 pm start – show lasts approx two hours

Tickets £20 – (01268)465465


Friday 7th September

“Soulful Caister Sounds”

Henry’s , Romford Road, Aveley

DJs: Pete Collins & Steve Kite

8.30pm  –  1am   –   Free Entry

“Soul Disco Funk & Caister Classics”



Friday 7th September

“Soul Reunited”

The RUSSC, Mawney Road, Romford, RM7 7HB

DJs: Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien & Jazzbod (Caister)

“Old Skool Disco, Funk, Boogie & Caister Anthems”

9pm   –  Late   –   £5 On The Door


Friday September 7th

“Zero Soul Night”

Marco’s Wine Bar, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh

DJs : Bully & Guest Johnny Famous

“The Very Best In Soul, Funk & Disco”

Free Entry    –   8.30pm  – 1am



Saturday 8th September


Saks Bar, Clifftown Road, Southend On Sea, SS1 1AB

DJs: Bob Jones, Paul Housden, Chris Powell

Special Guests: The Urban All Stars

“Funkiest Flavours, Juiciest Jazz, Biggest Beats!”

9pm  –  3am


Friday 14th September

“Killer Soul IX”

Lords Golf & Country Club, Hullbridge Road, Rayleigh

Three rooms of tunes with the Zero DJ team

Guest PA from Georgie B (Second Image)

8pm  – 1am    –   Tickets £7 in advance, £10 on the door

Details: (01702) 232377


Saturday 15th September

“Dance Decades Soul Night”

The All New Club Ciroc, South Street,Romford

DJs: John Leech & Paul Travi

Special Guest Performance by Glen Goldsmith

Details on (01708) 732211


Friday 21st September

“Smooth Grooves”

Hendersons Bar, Roydon (near Harlow)

DJs: Jonny Layton, Paul Clark, Mark Messent

“The Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”

Tickets £8 in advance, £10 on the door


Saturday 22nd September

“KTF Soul Club” (Northern Soul)

Railway Tavern, King Street, Stanford Le Hope

Guest DJs: Paul Spain & Lee Markwick

7.30pm start – Wristbands £4 inc free CD !

Details from Danny (07895) 538835



Friday 28th September

The Qube, Crouch Street, Colchester

“Soul Jazz, Funk & Disco, R’n’B, Soulful House”

DJs: Kev James & Shaft

£3 Entry   –   9pm – 2am


Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2012 ? 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 !


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