Tony O’Malley’s distinctive vocals and funky piano playing have always been key to the sound of UK Soul Pioneers, Kokomo.
These skills come to the fore with his own band, in which he’s accompanied by some of Britain’s brightest young talent: Richie Aikman on guitar, Sonny Winslow on bass and Ally McDougal on drums.
The average age increases when they’re joined by fellow Kokomo founders, the “guitarists’ guitarist” Neil Hubbard if he’s not on tour with Bryan Ferry, and sax man Mel Collins, if not on duty with King Crimson.
The influence of greats like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Richard Tee and Steely Dan is plain to hear in his eleven solo albums. But Tony’s own style, energy and personality shine through in every show, whether on a festival stage or in an intimate jazz club.
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