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BBC 4 Rodney P's Jazz Funk Fri 24th July 2020

BBC 4 Rodney P's Jazz Funk Fri 24th July 2020 magazine cover

Showing on BBC 4 Friday 24 th July 2020 a 1 hour documentary on Jazz Funk

BBC 4 Rodney P's Jazz Funk 

Release date: 24 July 2020 58 minutes

BBC blurb goes like this

UK rap legend Rodney P reveals how the first generation of British-born black kids was inspired by the avant-garde musical fusions of black America in the 70s to lay the foundations of modern-day multiculturalism by creating the first black British music culture with the jazz-funk movement.

As new clubs sprang up around these new sounds, the culture split into two scenes - an older and mainly white scene growing in the south east suburbs of Kent and Essex, based on the more commercial end of the soul, jazz and funk sound, and a younger, more multicultural movement in London, built around deeper and more experimental music, giving birth to a wildly creative and expressive dance culture which was both inspired by, and inspirational to, the music.

With original performance from veteran jazz-funk dancers, dynamically cut with rare archive of their heyday, Rodney meets many of those who were at the heart of the scene...

Friday 24 July

9.00pm-10.00pm

BBC FOUR

Full feature via https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000l426

 


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Mike

Posted

a  heads up - on tonite

be on iplayer after

21 Again

Posted

Sure they guys were called I.D.J. dancers in photo, saw them at the Edinburgh festival . If it is them worth watching, hope they show their old footage amazing dancers.

geobuch335

Posted

Interesting show. No point in comparing it to anything else as I reckon there are a lot of folk into jazz funk and soul and some similarities between music/dance scenes should be expected.Tried a couple of jazz funk alnighters when I lived in England in the early eighties,not for me but if we were all the same the world would be a boring place.

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Joesoap

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Interesting but went off on several tangents. And not really about the broader scene but concentrated on a few clubs in London. A decent watch anyway.

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El Corol

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11 hours ago, Joesoap said:

Interesting but went off on several tangents. And not really about the broader scene but concentrated on a few clubs in London. A decent watch anyway.

Yes, I agree.

Snowboys book gives a much broader and in-depth view of the jazz funk scene.

 

Westender

Posted

It was quite interesting from a social history point of view but not that illuminating.

Some of the statements presented as fact were highly dubious.

I did enjoy the sequence with Greg Edwards, who I listened to avidly on Capital radio. Greg was a great broadcaster but "Soul Spectrum" was pretty much back to back contemporary dance music and in no sense a look at the breadth and depth of soul music or its influences.



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