Armchair Rooftop Soul Sessions, Latin Carnaval, Bank Holiday Especial with John Armstrong
LATIN CARNAVAL - BANK HOLIDAY ESPECIAL! Mon May 03 - The Armchair Rooftop Soul Sessions delivers the second of two righteous daytime Bank holiday specials where we invite you to sit back, relax, listen and love the best in music, chillin' n' life. Legendary Musical Curator, Compiler and DJ JOHN ARMSTRONG serving up a righteous 7 hour celebration of all things Latin, alongside rare slices of Afro, Zouk, Brazilian, Soul and Tropical Breaks and Beats for your absolute listening and internal dancing pleasure.
The Armchair Rooftop Soul Sessions, (as always) here to help you start your week on a non stop musical high.
An entertainment and copyright litigation lawyer by profession (now retired!), and an across-the-board music lover by passion, John started playing records in and around London in the late 70s, after a Eureka moment at one of the first New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festivals in the mid-70s, from which he returned with interviews from everyone from Allen Toussaint to Betty Carter (many of which were published in the now-defunct Jazz and Blues Review). His first dj residency was at the Belsize Park Town and Country Club (60ts and northern), followed by Greek Street's Beat Route club (jump blues and 40s r and b), and the Whisky-A-Gogo (before it became the Wag).
He was probably the first UK selector to present fully-focussed tropical dance music events, with 10-year weekly residencies (1984-1994) at the legendary Bass Clef Jazz Club in Hoxton Square, playing a mix of Afro, zouk, Brazilian beats, Konpas, reggae, dancehall, soul, soca, salsa, afro-cuban, hip hop and jazz - even Punjabi bhangra for a while.
Other regular residencies followed at the 101 Club, Club Mankind (now Oslo, in Hackney), Bossa's African Paradise Kingsland Road, Havana Hanover Square, Cuba on High Street Kensington, Guanabara in Covent Garden, and others too numerous to mention.
Category: Nightlife | Nightclub