The Stanley Clarke Band & The Headhunters

LONDON Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

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Two seminal names from the heady days of 70s jazz fusion, still creating music that combines the soulful – and downright funky - pulse of urban black America with instrumental wizardry par excellence.  

Stanley Clarke leads his supercharged young band with the same astonishing bass pyrotechnics that burst onto the scene with Return to Forever in 1973.  Sliding easily between jazz, R’n’B and rock, his music has been sampled by everyone from Jay-Z to Nas to The Beastie Boys and his career in film music includes such credits as composing the genre-defining soundtrack for ‘Boyz N The Hood’

'Head Hunters', 'Thrust', 'Survival of the Fittest' – seminal albums from a seminal band. And some of the fittest remain, continuing a message that connects the soul to the feet.  Post Miles, Herbie Hancock formed The Headhunters in 1973 to create a concept of space funk that remains at the heart of today’s band, still fired by original members Bill Summers and Mike Clark