Review: Incognito, Canvas

With almost 40 years in the business under their belts, Incognito were the ideal booking for Canvas’s live music showcase during the Jazz By The Sea festival. Bravo, bookers. Canvas certainly know how to provide quantity AND quality, with a slew of live acts from all genres booked to perform at Bournemouth’s only loft bar throughout the summer.

And what a way to kick start a summer of love. Incognito – who released a new album of soulful, funk-infused tracks just last year – took to the stage with authority and did not disappoint the packed-out crowd.

A mix of new tracks from the album In Search Of Better Days and old favourites was the perfect blend. Oh-so-cool but also great to dance to.

I particularly loved  the hot dance groove “Everyday” from the album 100° and Rising and the cover “Don’t You Worry About a Thing” by Stevie Wonder from Tribes, Vibes and Scribes. It took me back to my childhood, singing along to their debut record Jazz Funk in 1981 and asking my dad what “acid jazz” is.

According to the band’s website, their tour next takes them to France, Hungary, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland and even Australia. This is testement to the band’s global appeal – and also a sign that Canvas, despite being a relatively new venue, can attract world-renowned names and give them the audio/visual support to put on a world-class show.

Jazz By The Sea is supported by several town centre venues but this gig puts Canvas on the must-visit list.

Gerry Clarke, Jazz by the Sea Festival director, said: “The success of the Jazz by the Sea Festival 2017 is a result of the support from the Arts Council and the local Business Improvement Districts in Bournemouth and Poole, who collaborated with the organisers of the festival to bring live music and entertainment to the local area. It was a great result for the new BID teams, whose aims are to help stimulate the local economy and create opportunities for local businesses to develop and prosper. Jazz by the Sea Festival’s vision is to enhance the quality of life for local residents, create opportunities for talented local musicians and encourage more visitors to the region.”

We are now looking forward to 2018!



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