Hugh Brooker


Friday 27th July 2018

Describe your style in three words?
Laid Right Back

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
James Brown And The JB's Hammersmith Odeon London 1983.
Because He Was On "The Good Foot".

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
The John Barry Orchestra And James Brown's JB's. My two all-time favourite musical heroes who were constantly at the top of their respective games.

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
Two Tone and Blue Note Records - Great grooves and threads from both eras.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Oliver Reed - because he seemed like he knew how to have a very good time indeed!

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
The Jazz Cafe Camden Town London 1993.
The guys from Madness, one of my big influences, and favourite bands, turned up and stood right at the front. I was so daunted I felt like I was auditioning for my own band! 

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Roy Budd. Fantastic 1970s funky film composer Get Carter, Fear Is The Key, Puppet On A Chain etc, who died tragically young.

Hugh Brooker was one of the founding members of Night Trains who along with Galliano, became part of the first wave of acts to be signed to Acid Jazz Records, the London-based label set up by British jazz champions, Eddie Piller and Gilles Peterson.

The band are currently celebrating their 30th anniversary with the release of ‘Lovesick 1987 – 2017’, a definitive guide to the Night Trains’ love affair with all things soul, funk and jazz. The 18 track album will be released by Acid Jazz and PIAS on 21st September.

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