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Adam & Nikki Ritzy Nov 30

PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:13 am
by Garth Cartwright
I've been on a roll recently at the Ritzy with superb live bands playing - last night Bucimis (3 members of She'Koyokh) backed Bulgarian vocalist Eugenia Georgieva and collectively made magnificent music. As Jamie notes elsewhere, when "world" music as good as this is created in front of you the scene sounds as rich as it has ever been.

At the very end of November I have Adam & Nikki of this parish teaming up for the first time. As most of you here are aware, Adam is a master guitarist who can make the instrument speak like very few can. But did you know that Nikki has a gorgeously languid voice and is a beautifully natural soul singer? I didn't until I heard her perform at the start of the year. She handled standards like Willin' and Dark End Of The Street with aplomb while stretching out on original songs that were very moving.

The teaming of these 2 forumistas is going to be a really exciting - and, I believe, inspiring - concert. And one that pays tribute to Charlie's enduring influence and spirit in bringing us lot together. I hope some of you will make it down to SW8. Free entry. Event 7.30-11pm.

Re: Adam & Nikki Ritzy Nov 30

PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 9:13 pm
by alister prince
Been away for a week or three, what a lovely prospect, reserve me a front row seat please.
Aly

Re: Adam & Nikki Ritzy Nov 30

PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 12:13 am
by nikki akinjinmi
Please come down to hear Adam Blake and myself perform a mixture of deep soul and blues, original material as well as some unexpected covers. Adam is a fine vocalist, guitarist and songwriter. We will be performing at Garth Carwright's Princes Among Men evening Upstairs At The Brixton Ritzy. The Ritzy serves a great variety of drinks, and food, and Garth will be spinning exotic tunes from the world's frayed regions.

Join us Upstairs At The Brixton Ritzy on Sunday 30th November.
The event runs from 7.30-11pm. Entry is FREE

http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/R ... Akinjinmi/

Ritzy Picturehouse Brixton
Brixton Oval
Coldharbour Lane
London
SW2 1JG
Box Office Number: 0871 902 5739

Re: Adam & Nikki Ritzy Nov 30

PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:39 am
by will vine
nikki akinjinmi wrote:Please come down to hear Adam Blake and myself perform a mixture of deep soul and blues, original material as well as some unexpected covers.


Would love to Nikki. Sadly logistics demand I'll have to wait for the nationwide tour.
Knock'em dead!

Re: Adam & Nikki Ritzy Nov 30

PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:03 pm
by Garth Cartwright
So looking forward to this gig! When Nikki first sang at the Ritzy earlier in the year I was astonished by the sheer beauty of her voice. That combined with superb control and imaginative interpretation of songs marked her as a real talent. Only problem was the guitarist who she was paired with - he really should have stayed on the 70s folk club circuit.

This Sunday Nikki will be singing with Adam who, as you all know, is a master musician. His new album with Errol is excellent so I hope he will play some of the blues tunes off that. As I met Nikki via Charlie and got to know Adam well through this forum this gig seems like the time to invite all forumistas - past and present - to drop in and hear this talented duo. And raise a glass to Charlie's memory. I will bring the Honky Tonk albums along so we can honour his taste in tunes. As ever, free entry so no excuses - beyond living in Japan....

Re: Adam & Nikki Ritzy Nov 30

PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:39 pm
by Adam Blake
Garth Cartwright wrote: Adam who, as you all know, is a master musician.


It's very kind of you to say so Garth, and I appreciate it, but I'm not. Herbie Hancock is a master musician, your friend Allen Toussaint is a master musician, amongst us fretboard spankers let's say, um, Ernest Ranglin is a master musician.

I don't take such praise lightly. I just feel like there is a long, long way to go before I can lay claim to it.

See you Sunday!

Re: Adam & Nikki Ritzy Nov 30

PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:19 pm
by Jamie Renton
Mastery is in the ear of the beholder Adam. So if myself & Garth both say that you're a master musician (& we do), you'll be a master musician & like it!

Really sorry I can't make it on Sunday. I'm very much looking forward to hearing the NikAd duo soonest.

Re: Adam & Nikki Ritzy Nov 30

PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:22 am
by NormanD
Firstly, an apology to Eleanor T. for forgoing Bangalore Dreams at Jamboree last night. It sounded really attractive, and I do regret missing hearing them, but I had to go see Adam & Nikki at The Ritzy.

They did a lovely evening's music, and met all my expectations. Two sets of great songs together, preceded by two short sets by solo Adam. Nikki's gained a lot of performance skill and confidence since I last saw her, with a wider range of material that varied the pace and put her lovely voice to great effect.

Yup. They could go far. More gigs, please. If you missed this one, put your name down for the next one. Big thanks to you two.

Re: Adam & Nikki Ritzy Nov 30

PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:11 pm
by Jamie Renton
So, should the Shout Collective's people have discussions with their people do you think Norman?

Re: Adam & Nikki Ritzy Nov 30

PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 3:33 pm
by alister prince
Having had my front row seat reserved, I was really looking forward to last night. The first thing to say is, you've got to be bloody good to sing 'Dark End of the Street' without pissing me off. It's been massacred by too many acts. Nikki did not piss me off. I've heard her do it several times now and she's performing it better each time. Making it one of her signature songs. Beautiful. Adam's two solo sets were excellent, a mixture of blues and self-penned songs, which were very bluesy, without being pastiches. Adam may deny being a master musician, but he's extremely talented. His guitar work is a pleasure to listen to, and the bugger makes it look so simple. He proves his skill when being an accompanist; never overshadowing the vocals, always complimenting, not competing. Others could learn from him. Nikki came on and her two sets were equally enjoyable, she's expanded her repotoire and did several of Adam's songs. Her vocal range has increased and her stage presence has become increasingly positive. Always modest, she now appears much more at home being in the limelight. Her voice is subtle and flexible and she really can put soul into a song. I went home very happy.
Aly
PS Yes to your question Jamie

Re: Adam & Nikki Ritzy Nov 30

PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 7:29 pm
by Alan
Big thanks to Adam & Nikki and Garth - a great night appreciated by all

Felt really proud and couldn't help thinking that Charlie would've loved it

Ted and I enjoyed some future reminiscing afterwards... remembering that night just before Nikki became famous

Re: Adam & Nikki Ritzy Nov 30

PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 2:39 pm
by nikki akinjinmi
will vine wrote:
nikki akinjinmi wrote:Please come down to hear Adam Blake and myself perform a mixture of deep soul and blues, original material as well as some unexpected covers.


Would love to Nikki. Sadly logistics demand I'll have to wait for the nationwide tour.
Knock'em dead!


Thank you for the words of encouragement, Will.