From their humble beginnings in a Brightlingsea pub, Soul Kitchen have gone on to become one of the biggest and best loved bands in the area. Their unique brand of sixties soul, funk and ska music, combined with the most energetic stage show this side of Las Vegas just has to be seen to be believed!
The band’s hectic schedule of private parties and corporate functions all over the country, for the likes of 02, Royal Bank of Scotland, Metropolitan Police, Orange, to name a few, means that public performances are few and far between these days. However, they are well known to audiences in Suffolk having made no fewer than six appearances at Ipswich Music Day as well as twice playing at the Christchurch Park fireworks display and headlining at Martlesham’s “Music on the Green”.
Their most recent public appearance was on the Cornhill in Ipswich, entertaining the crowd as the town’s Christmas lights were switched on. They are also no strangers to BBC local radio, having played live on BBC Essex (broadcast from the car park!) and being featured on BBC Radio Suffolk several times in recent years.
The current 7-piece line up, including a 3-piece horn section whose dance moves really make you question their sanity, has been unchanged for the last 4 years. It still includes three of the original members; Bazza The Jazzer on sax, Ed Chef (aka Mike Rushmore, who switched from drummer to lunatic front man) and Jazz Beard, who actually ran home to fetch his trumpet and joined the band half way through the first gig!
Soul Kitchen have been described in the press as “irrepressible” and “the ultimate party band” and they are guaranteed to get any joint jumping. Apart from the occasional live performance captured for radio broadcasts, I’m afraid you won’t find any recordings of the band for sale. Despite requests, the band took the conscious decision that as theirs is such a visual performance they could never do justice to the live show in sound alone. So, make the most of this opportunity to see what all the fuss is about!