Sunday, November 28th
Formed in 1975 in New York by saxophonist Dick Morrissey and guitarist Jim Mullen (while recording and touring with the Average White Band and Herbie Mann), Morrissey Mullen was regarded by critics and fans as one of the UK's finest jazz funk bands, attracting packed houses wherever they played - including here back in the day!
A six-week residency at Mikell's in the Big Apple attracted the attention of artists such as Boz Scaggs, David Sanborn, Steve Gadd, Steve Ferrone, Richard Tee, George Benson, Ray Barretto, and Michael and Randy Brecker.
During their 16-year collaboration, Dick and Jim were dubbed 'Mr Sax and Captain Axe', due to their hallmark call-and-response style between guitar and saxophone. Jim’s searing guitar lines proved the perfect foil for Dick’s fabulous, muscular and hugely inventive sax soloing, which created a unique sound still talked about to this day by MM aficionados.
Between the mid-70s and 80s, the band cut seven critically acclaimed albums - Up (which included the AWB's rhythm section), Cape Wrath, Badness, Life on the Wire, It's About Time, This Must Be The Place and Happy Hour. They also recorded a 12in instrumental version of the Rose Royce hit, Love Don't Live Here Anymore.
Morrissey Mullen's musicians included the likes of Neil Wilkinson, Joe Hubbard, Trevor Barry, Pete Jacobsen and John Critchinson, while it also acted as a springboard for a generation of young British musicians, including percussionist Chris Fletcher, bassist Henry Thomas, drummer Gary Husband, and vocalists Claire Hamill, Carol Kenyon, Tessa Niles, Linda Taylor and Noel McCalla.
Following Dick's failing health, the band dissolved in 1988 and he sadly passed away in November 2000, aged 60. After a long hiatus, a few years ago Jim and Noel decided to reform the band as a tribute to Dick - hence the Morrissey Mullen legacy!
Apart from co-founding Morrissey Mullen, Jim has played and recorded with a diverse range of artists, such as Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, Kokomo, Mose Allison, Hamish Stuart, Claire Martin, Jimmy Witherspoon, Georgie Fame, Jimmy Smith and Citrus Sun.
Hailed by Blues & Soul as one of Britain’s best soul singers, after rising to fame as the featured vocalist with Morrissey-Mullen, he then spent 17 years fronting Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, notching up albums with Genesis star Mike Rutherford and also performs with jazz funk outfit Mezzoforte. He's also a member of the Derek Nash Funk Experience and co-fronts a Stevie Wonder tribute with Derek, Some Kinda Wonderful.
Known for his distinctive tenor sound and individual approach, Dave’s playing is soulful and funky with a natural affinity to the jazz and R&B greats, such as Dexter Gordon, King Curtis and Joe Henderson.
A consummate, passionate performer who is well respected in the fields of jazz, dance, soul and rock, Dave has worked with artists such as John Martyn, Bryan Ferry, Tommy Chase, John Mayall, Lamont Dozier, The Blockheads and Eric Clapton.
Jim Mullen (Guitar), Noel McCalla (Vocals), Dave Lewis (Tenor Saxophone), Mike Gorman (Keyboards), Ernie McKone (Bass), Geoff Dunn (Drums).
Sunday, March 4th
Tickets: £18 / £16 Concessions
Doors: 7.00pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm