Shuggie Otis live

Friday 12 July 2013Past concert

Shuggie Otis


25 Swan Street, The Northern Quarter M4 5JZ Manchester, UK

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Doors open: 19:30

Tour name: Shuggie Otis

With a new band, currently on a 'Never Ending World Wide Tour', as a rare and wonderful treat we present the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist performing a delicious mix of rhythm 'n blues, gospel and blues with elements of jazz, soul and rock 'n roll on 9th May 2013.

Son of rhythm & blues pioneer Johnny Otis, Shuggie Otis started playing guitar at a mere 2 years old, and embarked on his performing career at 12 with his father's band. By 15 he was so heavily influenced by blues and jazz he was already writing fantastic cuts, which resulted in his 1969 debut 'Here Comes Shuggie Otis', then his iconic second album 'Freedom Flight' (1971). Including full string sections, Shuggie's funk rhythms and wah-wah guitar on tracks like 'Me & My Woman' take on a definite Hendrix feel, and the album also features his smooth and melodic composition 'Strawberry Letter 23', which the Brothers Johnson re-recorded and made into a globally known and sampled platinum hit.

Having worked with Frank Zappa, Louis Jordan and Mos Def, Shuggie Otis' appeal now seems limitless, his genre-bending writing influencing Lenny Kravitz and Prince, Outkast and Beyonce. His virtuoso guitar playing is so tastefully and soulfully executed, it's visionary and groundbreaking, and Shuggie is a firm favourite with fans of funk, rhythm 'n' blues, stax and chicago soul.

After a 2001 re-release of 'Freedom Flight', Shuggie and Sony Music Entertainment are embarking on a 2013 re-release of his third and influential 1974 album 'Inspiration Information', which gained a huge cult following in the 1990s acid jazz era. The album also features a whole album's worth of previously unreleased material, and some exciting live performances.

Price: £17.50 / £19.50
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