13 Jul 2009

Mix Three

VibeRide Mix Three is now available. There's some real crackers on this one and aside from lots of classic tracks, there's a couple of big contemporary tunes from current jazz-funk outfit The Sunburst Band and instrumentalist Brian Culbertson. 

8 Jul 2009

GigSpot: recommendations

Dates for your diary

Vibe Ride recommends the following gigs (we've put our money where our mouth is and already have our tickets!).

GigSpot: Maceo Parker | Jazz Cafe

An absolute legend. The Jazz Cafe ended up adding a date that I made my sister go to because I knew she would love it (and she did). Aged 66 Maceo Parker is a performer who just didn't seem to tire. A saxophonist who cut his teeth playing with James Brown in the 60s (who, it is alleged, would fine people for a wrong note!). Maceo appears to have learnt a few dance moves from James Brown too!

GigSpot: Incognito | Kings Cross

Incognito are a British band who are celebrating their thirtieth anniversary with a concert at IndigO2 at the O2 in London this August. We saw them in April at the Camden Centre and although the vibe was excellent the sound in that venue was not the best. Nevertheless we enjoyed the gig immensely. There were fifteen musicians and singers on that small stage by the end! Guitarist Jim Mullen, who toured with the Average White Band, had a guest spot. The musicians and vocals were excellent and we're looking forward to seeing what Bluey's got planned for IndigO2. Anna

GigSpot: Roy Ayers | Jazz cafe

On new years eve 2008 we ventured out into cold to the Jazz Cafe in Camden to see the ubiquitous Roy Ayers. It is something I have always loved about jazz; it is the only place a man can play the xylophone and be cool! But cool he most certainly is.

GigSpot: Stevie Wonder | 2008 tour

The last twelve months has, in my opinion, been an unprecedented year for live music in London with a number of bands and artists visiting the capital. Music with a funk vibe has been no exception with Stevie Wonder visiting the UK for the first time in many years; Roy Ayers taking up residence in the Jazz Cafe for a week; the brilliant Incognito celebrating thirty years and outstanding performances by the effervescent Maceo Parker.

7 Jul 2009

Comment: The Truth Will Out

As I watched Michael Jackson's memorial service live on BBC, I was surprised at how moved I was by it. Afterwards I felt like I had actually been to a funeral.

Mix Two

VibeRide's second mix is now available and with it comes a new presenter who sounds great and adds an extra something to the show. This means for the moment I can just get on with the 'technical' stuff rather than doing the presenting. That's not to say, however, that I won't be doing any further shows (who knows in this crazy world right?) Anyway enough of that, let's talk about the show.

4 Jul 2009

Michael Jackson Tribute Mix

Given the recent tragic passing of Michael Jackson I decided to put out a tribute show. The show features 14 of the funkiest and soulful hits from Michael Jackson as the Jackson Five, The Jacksons and as a solo artist.

3 Jul 2009

Mix One

Welcome to the VibeRide blog. Here you will find detailed track listings for each show and information about the music and musicians that feature. The VibeRide podcasts are a series of dynamic mixes of the most incredible funk and jazz-fusion from the last four decades, designed to get you feeling happy and get your body moving. 98% funk, 2% jazz is the way we do it.