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Jazz outfit Nine Below Zero to play Kingsmeadow
6:00am Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
A blues band that attempted to crack the punk rock scene in the booming 1970s before making their mark in R&B will be playing at Kingsmeadow Live next month.
Jazz outfit Nine Below Zero who take inspiration from Chicago Blues will be taking over the ultimate Kingston venue in September.
Dennis Greaves, lead vocalist and guitarist, bassist Brian Bethell, drummer Brendan O’Neil and harmonica player Mark Feltham all came together because of their shared love of the blues.
But the South Londoners did not bank on getting that style across when they entered the live punk era – but luckily the five-strong-group ended up being part of a modern day blues revival even when it was not all the jazz.
Taking inspiration from the Kinks and Dr Feelgoud, the band with their knack for live music, have been around for more than 35 years on and off, with a few replacements here and there.
But this year signals a major movement as the fivesome tour Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, France, Switzerland and England for a heap of music festivals around the continent.
In the 1980s and 1990s the group gathered momentum with top 20 UK hits and top five US hits in the R&B charts.
They were even invited by Hollywood A-lister Bruce Willis to play with him in Planet Hollywood in London for the premier of the film Twelve Monkeys.
Nine Below Zero have also supported Eric Clapton at the Royal Festival Hall and Ray Davies at Wembley Arena and musician Brian May during their career which spans more than three decades.
Nine Below Zero, Kingsmeadow Live, Cherry Red Records Stadium, Jack Goodchild Way, 422A Kingston Road, Kingston, September 28, 8pm, £15, for more information visit kingsmeadowlove.com or call 020 8247 9918.
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