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Interview with Marcus Anderson Marcus Anderson is in town again.  Over the past eighteen months we've seen him here with Prince, collaborating with Lianne La Havas on a live cover version of Lost & Found at some legendary shows at Kokos in Camden and performing at the iconic Ronnie Scotts in Soho on a version of Purple Rain with a sax solo in place of that famous guitar solo! 
More recently he was here with Liv Warfield on her Not Giving Up Tour, which by all accounts really blew people away that were lucky enough to be there. 
This time Marcus is back in Soho at one of the Capital's best jazz clubs which is celebrating its 50th year in 2015, The Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho.  He will be playing four shows this weekend, filling the early and late slots for both Friday and Saturday evening. Marcus took some time out to talk to us about Penny Loafers, musical vibrations, Prince's Vault, singers singing like sax players and sax players playing like singers...
Marcus Anderson heads to London this weekend! This weekend Prince's sax player Marcus Anderson is playing one of the best Jazz venues in London.  He's playing 4 shows, 2 Friday and 2 Saturday Tickets here Tickets for Friday Early Show   Tickets for Friday Late Show Tickets for Saturday Early Show Tickets for Saturday Late Show From the Venue's website: Fri-21-Aug ( 6 : 00 pm ) - £25.00 Marcus Anderson Show Time 7:30pm - 9pm / Doors Open 6pm The Pop/R&B and Jazz musician’s career is fast becoming one to watch. Hailing from South Carolina, Marcus Anderson is currently performing to audiences all over the world as one of Prince’s saxophonists in New Power Generation. As part of Prince's touring group, Anderson has played and been showcased in such iconic festivals such as the Essence Music Festival, Monteux Jazz Festival and the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival. With the relea
Dubai High   Less than 48 hours after leaving London on a purple high, Prince and 3rdEyeGirl setup shop in the exclusive Pacha Ibizia, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.  By all accounts this was an intimate but explosive gig.  With the crowd close enough to reach out and touch that iconic mic stand the setup sounds like one of Prince's iconic aftershow parties. Just like the show in London this was a benefir show supporting the work of Autism Rocks, Which was setup by Sanjay Shah.  You can read a great article on the work and inspiration behind the charity here Unlike the show in London, which saw queues around the block, this gig was a smaller afair with the glamorous crowd turning up fashionably late.  Chilling by the pool, rather than queueing in the cold was the pre-gig preparation   Once again, Liv Warfield was in the house performing Paloma Faith's Only Love Can Hurt Like This.  Other highlights included Pink Cashmere,
 Shhhhhh! There are a number of people in #purplelondon who are feeling incredible blessed, shell shocked, funked and rolled! Once again we found ourselves in London awaiting an audience with Prince in the freezing cold (OK, not Minneapolis cold).  In many ways it was a reunion for all the great friends that met during the Hit and Run Tour last year.  There streets of Camden were overflowing with the joy of reunion.  The lead up to this gig was very different to previous gigs.  The gig was a private event for the charity Autism Rocks and attendance was by invitation only.  The great thing about this event was that, unlike other private charity gigs which are typically complelety closed, the charity have built up contacts with fans of live music from previous live music events and the tickets are priced, such that the place can be filled with people that love the music, just like a regular gig and the money raised goes to help fun Autism Research. From the outset there were si
Prince Army - Rosie Gaines Needs You! *** Updated - Direct Donation details below *** I remember the first time I saw Prince live.  It was the Diamonds & Pearls tour and one of the many striking things from that performance was the incredible performance of Rosie Gaines.  She's an incredible talent with such a powerful voice and unique style that included an incredible synthesis of a horn section! The Electronic Urban Report published details on the 10th January 2015 that Rosie has unfortuantely been suffering from medical problems resulting in large medical bills.  On hearing the news Prince and Sheila E have already offered and provided some support - but we can show our love and help as well; "*On Saturday, January 31, entertainers from the Bay Area in California and beyond will be  uniting to help one of their own in a fundraiser for former Prince protégé Rosie Gaines . Gaines’ daughter, Latoya Gaines , revealed in a press release that her mot