The Return Of The Space Cowboy
Over the last few weeks there have been rumblings that a certain Ealing born, space cowboy may be making a return and now it’s official. Mr Jay Kaye and band, Matt Johnson, Derrick McKenzie, Rob Harris, Sola Akingbola and Paul Turner have just announced a tour of some of the world’s most eclectic and credible festivals for Summer 2017. We’ve also heard an EU tour is on the horizon but can’t say more than that right now.
Emergency On Planet Earth, was released in 1993 and was the first of three of the band’s albums to chart at number one. They went on to sell some 26 million albums in total. Automaton, the band’s eighth studio album, is expected to release 31st Marh 2017.
Jay Kay explains, “The inspiration for Automaton is in recognition of the rise of artificial intelligence and technology in our world today and how we as humans are beginning to forget the more pleasant, simple and eloquent things in life.“
2017 Tour dates:
Thurs 25th May – Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan
Sun 28th May – Seoul Jazz Festival Seoul, South Korea
Sat 17th June – Release Athens Festival, Athens, Greece
Sun 9th July – North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Tues 11th July – Firenze Summer Festival, Visarno Arena, Florence, Italy
Fri 14th July – Pori Jazz, Pori, Finland
Sun 16th July – Musilac, Aix-Les-Bains, France
Tues 18th July – Moon & Stars, Locarno, Switzerland
Sat 22nd July – Colours of Ostrava, Czech Republic
Sat 5th August – Sudoeste, Portugal
Sat 12th August – Boardmasters Festival UK
Sat 31st March – Roundhouse London
Jamiroquai Fact Sheet:
1. The name Jamiroquai is a conglomeration of the word “jam” and the name of the Native American peoples, the Iroquois, indigenous to central and eastern United States and Canada.
2. Jamiroquai is pronounced “jam – EAR – oh – kwai”
3. The so-called “buffalo man” logo, which Jay sketched one day of himself in silhouette, toes turned out beneath flares/bellbottoms and trademark buffalo hat set at an endearing angle, has appeared on almost all tracks somewhere on either its packaging or actual disc.
4. Former members have included drummer Nick Van Gelder, who appeared on the first album, and bassist Stuart Zender, who appeared on the first three albums. Adrian Revell also used to play flute and saxophone for the band. Winston Rollins also spent some time as the trumpet player. In addition, bassist Andrew Levy and guitarist Simon Bartholomew (of the Brand New Heavies) appeared on the band’s first single. Simon Katz (guitar), left the band in 2000 and was replaced by Rob Harris, who co-wrote a number of tracks on the A Funk Odyssey album.
5. What’s the story?
“Well I started with a keyoard player, then I did a tune called “When You Gonna Learn?”, and got that on demo – took it along to Kiss FM and got the demo played, and then went along to Acid Jazz. Acid Jazz gave me a deal, after that, I was given a publishing deal on the strength of the one tune that Acid Jazz had – and after that, Sony reared its ugly head and offered me an eight album deal.” Jay Kay