Four Corners club outing for Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
Mark Ronson and Jamiroquai collaborators Haggis Horns set for Four Corners live show
This article is from 2013.
Their usual home at the new Bongo Club might be on ice for the duration of the Edinburgh Festival while Underbelly moves in, but it’s pleasing to see that funk and soul night Four Corners has found a temporary new venue in the atmospheric festival-only space otherwise known as Checkpoint Charlie or ‘the old Forest Café’. It’s one of the most characterful, rough and ready spaces for a live set in Edinburgh, and it’s just a shame it’s wasted for the rest of the year.
‘There’s a very vibrant scene for soul and funk music in the UK and right across Europe, and it’s really exciting to tap into that now and again,’ says the club’s Simon Hodge, for whom this Edinburgh Jazz Festival date is the only live show of the year. ‘If it’s the right band it’s difficult to beat the atmosphere that a live funk act brings. They’re so much fun to do, if it were easier to do financially we’d do it more often. Although by having just one a year, it allows us to be very selective about who we choose.’
This year the chosen ones are the Haggis Horns, who play alongside Mark Ronson and Jamiroquai, remembered by Hodge from when they were music students at Leeds College of Music who played on the classic jazz-funk record Keb Darge Presents the New Mastersounds. ‘Even then they were far too talented to be just a horn section,’ he says of the band, which count Scots amongst their number, hence the name. ‘Their time on the big stage has really paid dividends, they’re almost unrecognisable from the guys at the back of the New Mastersounds’ stage.’
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