Soul legend Howard Hewitt is coming to London for a special one off performance at the Jazz Cafe next year. The American artist will perform tracks from his impressive back catalogue at the event on the 24th of July 2020.
The former lead singer of iconic 80s band Shalamar, Hewett has forged a formidable reputation over his forty plus years in the industry.
Alongside Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniels, Shalamar released a string of smash hit singles in the late seventies and early eighties including A Night to Remember, Dissapearing Act and For The Lover in You. The tracks catapulted the trio to the top of the UK and US charts.
The group were just as famous for their incredible dancing as they were for their slick and soulful music, however.
This was little surprise given that both Watley and Daniels had previously honed their dancing skills on legendary American TV show Soul Train.
Shalamar decided to call it a day in the late 80s, and since then Hewitt has gone on to forge his own successful solo career. The artist has released a number of well received solo albums including I Commit To Love and The Journey since he debuted as a solo act in 1986.
Hewitt was born in Akron, Ohio in the 1950s. In 1976, the artist moved to LA intent on making a name for himself in the music industry.
Hewett first met Watley and Jeffrey Daniels at legendary LA club Maverick’s Flat.
Hewett and Daniels would later form a band called “Beverly Hills” and it was as part of this group that Hewitt first voyaged on tour overseas. The group took in Northern and Central Europe before visiting the UK in late 1977.
In late 1978 Hewitt got a call from Daniels. The former soul train dancer asked Hewett if he wanted to replace singer Gerald Brown in Daniels’s new band, Shalamar. The answer was yes and the rest, as they say, is history.
Within days of that phone call, Hewitt found himself in a studio in LA rehearsing Shalamar’s new single. The tune was called “Take That To The Bank”.
This was the beginning of a string of massive hit singles for the trio who at their peak were considered one of the biggest acts of the 1980s.
For the singer’s current show, Hewett will be performing with a stripped back live band, which will give the artist an opportunity to showcase that incredible voice.
Fans of soul and r’n’b should be very excited.
Howard Hewett will be at the Jazz Café on Friday the 24th of July 2020.
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