NEW MUSIC FROM|
Wayne Brown and the VJB
promised in our last email, i want to take a little time to tell you about the inspirational
story relating to this recording.
years ago i attended the Leeds College of Music where i met some great musicians
and we went on to form a band doing gigs to help us through college. One of the
musicians was a flautist by the name of Nigel Scott, who i immediately had a special
musical connection with. We decided that we would set up a studio together
once we had left music College, as Nigel was also a great audio technician.
After Leaving music college and working
on a cruise ship for a while, i was fortunate to have some considerable chart success
which lead me on to working with a diverse array of artists. This in turn lead to
us fulfilling the promise to set up a studio, and the first recordings of what is
now the Virtual Jazz Band were born. As it transpired, Nigel went on to work at
top studios and audio companies, being constantly head hunted. This in turn led
to Nigel forming a company called Tyrell, which acquired the exclusive rights to
sell authoring machines for a new format at the time DVD, which made Nigel a multi
millionaire. We then got back together again to continue our musical journey but
then tragedy struck!...
had a crash on his Ducati at 150 mph and was left paralysed from the neck down after
severe brain damage. His condition deteriorated and the decision was made to switch
off the life support machine...but somehow he starting fighting back and slowly
started to show signs of improvement. We lost contact for about 10 years, and i
assumed the worst...I then made the decision in 2012 to ressurrect some of those
recordings with the intention of dedicating the new album to him. After completing
the first track "Goodbye Stranger", i received an email from Nigel out
of the blue, asking me if i had done anything with the recordings! needless to say,
i was overwhelmed by what appeared to be a fantastic coincidence. Anyway, it turned
out that Nigel was making great recovery, regaining his long term memory triggered
by the memories of us creating music together. On top of that the care home where
he is resident, is only 20 minutes from my home.
He is back playing the flute again and though he is wheelchair bound
for now, we have picked up where we left off over 20 years ago and are in the process
of completing the album which will be called The Jazz Club volume 2. Once again
i share the first recording from that album with you, and look forward to sharing
the finished album with you. This song will be available for download very soon
and half of all revenues will be going to Oxfam. All i can say about the album so
far is i am very proud, and take great inspiration from the fact that the love of
music has brought Nigel back!!! You can hear some cuts from the album at our next
gig in April at the Pheasantry Pizza Express jazz Club in London's Kings Road, Chelsea.
details and ticket links will follow soon.
|"Virtual Jazz Band – “A Different
Kind of Heat”
In a world of music that seems to be dominated by computer altered /generated vocals;
it is great to hear a song of relevance so beautifully performed. I believe that
this a song that has potential to crossover into the R&B charts.
All three of VJB’s offerings are for this listener, a breath of fresh air.
Fantastic harmonies, skillful musicianship and great arrangements all make this
a band to watch (or should I say, “listen for”)." — Jeff
Niziol, US New Jazz|
"On the beautiful instrumental "If
I Could Tell You" I think involuntarily of Ramsey Lewis's piano playing, and would
fit nicely on a smooth jazz compilation. " — Patrick van de Wiele, Keys and chords
"“The Jazz Club Volume
1“ ist derzeit eines der Lieblingsalben der SOUL TRAIN-Redaktion und läuft
hier bereits seit Wochen rauf und runter. Auch, wenn Eigenlob stinkt: Gibt es eine
fundiertere Aussage über die Qualität eines Soul-Albums?" — Michael
Aren, Soultrain online
|The Wayne Brown and the VJB Store|
|Pizza Express Jazz
||Fri Jul 19 13
|Pizza Express Jazz
||Sat Jul 20 13
See More / Details|