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The Legendary Jazz Dance Session!
DJs Nick Hosier & Patrick Forge
We have done it again! On Sunday 21st June we’re bringing together 2 of the best-known DJs of the UK Jazz Dance scene who have dedicated their lives to keep us dancing to Jazz! Patrick Forge is no stranger to the Jazz Dance scene, best known for the Dingwalls and Talkin’ Loud sessions, spreading the diversity that is Jazz with Gilles Peterson. Patrick brings a special quality to our sessions, as he continues to push the diversity and boundaries of Jazz music, bringing old and new and undiscovered gems to make us dance and enjoy. Joining Patrick is hugely respected Shiftless Regular Nick Hosier who is best known for his legendary Jazz Dance nights at The Spot in the 1990s, as well as his weekly Wednesday Jazz Fusion Workshop on Stomp Radio. Nick’s passion for all things Jazz music and dance has no end, and he continues to introduce new people to the world of UK Jazz Dance, creating a special vibe for clubbers to dance to.
is a unique Jazz Dance session that combines a one hour class in the specialist Street-Fusion Jazz Dance style with a 5 hour club session that follows the class. The class is open to Novices and experienced Dancers alike and will be tailored to all needs on the day, providing the opportunity to learn the rhythmical, intricate footwork and so-called drop moves that are iconic and exclusive to this style. Teaching it is Perry Louis, the master of UK Street-Jazz-Fusion Dance and leader of the JazzCotech Dancers, who have danced with all the greats from Incognito to James Brown, Maceo Parker and Roy Ayers.
The ensuing club session has people flocking to it from all corners of the UK, including some of the best and original Jazz Dancers the UK has to offer. Billed as “the coolest thing to do in London on a Sunday” by Time Out, Shiftless Shuffle is the place to hang out, be seen and be inspired to strut your stuff to some amazing music in a great club with a friendly vibe.
Miss this, and you WILL BE disappointed – nuff said!
Perry Louis – an all-round dance talent with a diverse mix of experience in dance, choreography, teaching, promoting, marketing, DJing and producing. His career started in the 70s when he developed a passion for dance in the UK clubs, listening to Soul, Jazz Funk and Jazz. Perry’s musical and dance influences are Sammy Davis Jnr, the Nicholas Brothers, John Bubbles, Donald O’Connor, Buddy Rich and the late, great James Brown with whom Perry had the pleasure of working several times. In the mid ‘90s, following a successful solo career, Perry set up The JazzCotech Dancers – who have become the UK’s most profiled Jazz Dance group and have wowed the crowds at most major international Music Festivals with their explosive shows and exciting workshops. The group
also run regular schools workshops on the history of Jazz Music and Dance in collaboration with Jazz FM and never miss an opportunity to share their skills.
Perry is the face of Germany’s successful MOJO compilations but most notably has co-produced 2 albums with UK Saxophonist Dave O’Higgins, as well as published 5 Compilation CDs and limited Vinyl releases for “Messin’ Around”, JazzCotech’s very successful club night which ran at the London Jazz Café for 11 years and The 100 Club for 2. In addition, he has just announced the 2nd JazzCotech International Weekender which will take place in Perpignan, Southern France, from 15th until 18th October 2015, further cementing UK Jazz and JazzFunk Dance’s place in Europe. Perry regularly DJs at Ronnie Scott’s for the popular Funky Nation club events and the South London Soul Train at the Bussy Building in South London, as well as Festivals and Club Nights all over the world. And of course he runs his weekly Messin’ Around Radio show with its ever growing listening crowd.
Check out DJ Perry Louis – every Wednesday 11pm – 1am UK time on Diverse FM Radio 102.8fm or online on
Nick started his DJ career in 1976 at the tender age of 14, as the late great Derek Boland’s warm-up at his famous Whitehouse and Warehouse parties all over London, playing Soul & Boogie. Nick used to save his School dinner money all week and go to Groove Records in Soho and buy the latest tunes on his way to Crackers on a Friday afternoon. That hasn’t changed much, although nowadays, it’s no longer his dinner money that he’s spending on tunes!
Back in the day, Nick worked on radio shows for Kiss FM, Groove 92.8 and Soul 24/7, and for the past 3 years, he has broadcast a weekly Wednesday night Jazz & Fusion Show on www.stompradio.com. Club wise, Nick has worked all across London and the UK, DJing at places such as Oxygen, The Wag, Electric Ballroom, Dingwalls & Bass Clef, as well as Southport & Torquay Weekenders and clubs in Nottingham, Manchester and Liverpool to name but a few.