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PUBLISHED: 15:44 17 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:08 02 July 2010

Sonny Bradshaw and wife Myrna Hague

Sonny Bradshaw and wife Myrna Hague

JAZZ legend Sonny Bradshaw will be just one of the many stars that will grace Fairlop Waters this month starting with an event to be held this weekend. Soul Meets Jazz will be the first in a series of events to be held in the coming months featuring som

JAZZ legend Sonny Bradshaw will be just one of the many stars that will grace Fairlop Waters this month starting with an event to be held this weekend.

'Soul Meets Jazz' will be the first in a series of events to be held in the coming months featuring some of the finest R&B, Soul, Jazz and Reggae talents.

"The aim is provide a classic jazz venue for the over 25s as there simply are not enough places for them to go," said events organiser, Fitz Watson.

After observing the nights out available to those in Barkingside, Fitz believed that there was a desperate need for this brand new concept in entertainment.

"The clubs in this region are not suited to those of a certain age and I believe Barkingside is screaming out for an event such as this."

Vocalists will be asked to perform out of their comfort zone with jazz bands and other reggae and R&B artists.

If popular there is an option in place with the venue where the event can become a monthly occurrence.

The event will be indoors and those attending will be treated to performances from both local talent and more well known artists whilst they enjoy their food and drink.

Mr Watson was inspired to create this event after having attended a concert in Barkingside himself which turned out to be very popular with those in the area.

The legendary Sonny Bradshaw, who some describe as the closest thing to royalty back in his native Jamaica, will be helping to organise the events.

Sonny Bradshaw became a well established figure in the Caribbean music scene with his band the Sonny Bradshaw Seven.

He divides his time between Jamaica and his Gants Hill home with his wife, Myrna Hague, whom he met when she joined the Jamaican Big Band, a group he led.

Also performing will be Wayne Marshall who rose to fame during the mid-1990s when he entered the UK charts with his hit single 'G Spot.'

He became the first British R&B artist to be honoured with three Black Music Awards in 1995 for Best Single, Album, Best Newcomer and Best Artist.

His new found popularity led to him headlining shows with a number of huge artists such as R Kelly, Jodeci and the Jones Girls.

"I am very excited about the event and believe it will be very successful and those that have shown interest appear to be very enthusiastic," said Fitz.

The event will be promoted via flyers, posters and also through local radio where Fitz hopes to get his message across and encourage people to come.

The venue will be able to accommodate 250 people and tickets are inclusive, priced at £25 and can be bought by calling 07821 286147 or 07930 152885.

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