"Wild Card gets on down, just for the

Funk of it. That's a

great gift to give to

the world."

- All About Jazz

★★★★

"This band can't stop but funk so stop thinking, start grooving!"

- Jazzwise 

"A fine live act . . . full of treats."

- The Telegraph

★★★★ 

 “The core outfit  comprises three fiercely talented musicians . . . expect groove-laden funky

Nu Jazz.” Time Out

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Sunday, June 19th, 2022

 

Wild Card

Special Guest Imaani

(Rescheduled from Sunday, July 25th, 2021)

Tickets for the original date are valid for the new one. Ticket holders requiring refunds should contact the Box Office via ticketing@colchesterartscentre.com

Formed in 2008 by French guitarist Clément RegertWild Card plays an exciting, innovative melting pot of musical

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ideas, fusing urban rhythms and grooves with funk, African and Latin.

 

The  other  core  members   of  the   band  are  drummer Sophie Alloway and Hammond/pianist Andrew Noble, backed by the cracking horn section of Chris Rand (Nine Below Zero) and Graeme Flowers (Kyle Eastwood), and featuring guest vocalist Imaani

 

Expect to hear their signature reworkings of classic rock songs with a jazzy twist and funky Latin feel, which Clément describes as a mix of Afro-Jazz, Hard Bop, Samba and raw funk.

"Anyone who thinks the jazz scene has been surrendered to the squeaky experimentalists, should sit back and let the adrenalin sizzle!", wrote The Art Desk during a four-star review of Wild Card, while Blues & Soul said: "The playing is exceptional. The material uber-strong . . .", and in another four-star review, Jazz Journal concluded: "It’s high octane, good-time music at its best."

So, whether your thing is swing, high energy, or whether you like driving rhythms or emotive, stylish lines, there's something in Wild Card's music for everyone.

CLEMENT REGERT

Since he moved to London in 2005, Clement has performed at many of the leading London jazz venues, including Ronnie Scott's, 606 Club and Pizza Express, as well as major jazz festivals. He's also collaborated with artists such as Liane Carroll, Tim Garland, Binker Golding, Natalie Williams, Dennis Rollins, Andrew McCormack and Robert Mitchell.

SOPHIE ALLOWAY

Described by JazzFM as "The goddess of grooves", Sophie is one of the most in-demand drummers around. She has toured the UK, Australia and new Zealand with Roots Manuva, as well as performing on Later with Jools Holland and BBC Introducing, and playing festivals such as Glastonbury and Bestival. She has also toured with the Michael Jackson musical Thriller.

ANDREW NOBLE

Originally from Australia and now residing in London, Andrew has performed with Derek Nash, Ola OnabuleSimon SpillettJim Mullen, Toni Kofi, Robin Jones and Kenny Thomas. He has also performed at numerous festivals.  

IMAANI

Featured on numerous albums by the celebrated Incognito, Imaani's emotive lead vocal contributions also appear on albums from Urban Species, Reel People and Down To The Bone, while her session credits include performances with artists such as Chaka Khan, Nile Rodgers, Maceo Parker, Philip Bailey, UB40, Gloria Gaynor, Betty Wright, Mica Paris, Carleen Anderson, and Leon Ware and Aswad

Clément Regert (Guitar), Imaani (Vocals), Chris Rand (Tenor Saxophone), Graeme Flowers (Trumpet), Andrew Noble (Hammond), Sophie Alloway (Drums).

"Their gigs are highly exciting affairs with no two shows being exactly alike . . . punchy instrumentals that draws on both African and Latin influences."

- The JazzMan

★★★★

"An authentic microcosm of super talents, all making exceptional music together."

- Jazz In Europe

"Wild Card are an exciting and innovative funky ensemble . . . a real find. Simply classy!" - Sammy Stein,  Somethin' Else 

Tickets: £16 (+ Booking Fee)

Doors: 7.00pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm