AN EVENING WITH CHAZ JANKEL. THURSDAY 31st August – 7.30pm
Please note that this event is for CAT Club season ticket holders only. For more info please get in touch using the ‘Contact’ facility where you can also have your name added to the waiting list for any tickets that become available.
One of the most fertile talents in British pop music, Chaz Jankel is largely known to many people as Ian Dury’s groovy sidekick in the Blockheads (an ongoing love affair). Jankel trod manfully into Dury’s life during the collapse of Ian & The Kilburns and was at the Ian Dury & The Blockheads, acting as the mercurial Londoner’s sidekick, songwriting partner and musical director. If Dury brought the rock and the roll to their music, then Jankel delivered the jazz and soul.
But there is another side to Chaz: that of songwriter and solo performer and thanks to cult club hits like 3,000,000 Synths and Glad To Know You underground dance hero. Working alongside studio wiz, Phlip Bagenal, who not only engineered many of his best works, and with whom he also founded Eastcote Studios, Jankel was responsible for some of best and most experimental dance records to come from these shores.
Jankel’s first solo collaboration was with veteran songwriter Kenny Young (who co-wrote Under The Boardwalk) whose lyrics had been inspired by a recent and controversial Japanese movie called Ai No Corrida. It eventually ended up in the hands of Quincy Jones, and it was enough to win a deal with A&M, which eventually yielded five albums.
Glad To Know You, co-written with Ian Dury (and later covered by Kitty Grant), was a huge club hit in the USA, spending 6 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100.
His latest release is the acclaimed Flow album.
Chaz was with us at The CAT Club in 2020 when the featured album was Ian Dury’s New Boots and Panties! Six of the album’s ten tracks were co-written by Dury and Jankel as was the legendary Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.
We are delighted to welcome him back for what promises to be a night of stories and anecdotes and of sound & vision.
No use of mobile phones permitted during this event.
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