About the Band
“After many years of performing the music of 'Earth, Wind and Fire' in other tribute bands, it is time we did it for ourselves” say singers Tommy Blaize and Derek Green. We've loved this music from the first time we heard it, it means so much to us and we wanted to do it for all the right reasons. We've been talking about it for years and finally, just over a year ago we decided to start putting it together. It was important to get a diverse mix of players. We called friends that we've worked with and everyone, without hesitation said “I'm in, let me know where and when”.
We got together with a small rhythm section featuring Andrew Small (drums), Tony Remy (guitar), the ubiquitous and dexterous pairing of Dave Arch & Pete Murray (keyboards), Karlos Edwards (percussion and vocals) and Trevor Barry (bass) at Ritz studio Feb 2015 and we simply had a blast. That day we all decided not to compromise with the joyous and powerful Earth, Wind & Fire songbook, this band will play these songs with the reverence and burning passion they deserve.
We quickly decided that we needed another guitarist, only one man came to mind, Tim Cansfield, also another percussionist, Jody Linscott! We rehearsed again in June at a place in Mill Hill and knew we were onto something special!
Now we needed our own horn section to replicate the mighty sound of Phoenix horns. The powerful trumpeter Tom Walsh was called; he then pointed us towards Paul Booth for alto and tenor saxophones to join the king of cool, Chris Storr on trumpet and flugelhorn and the quiet man of trombone, Barnaby Dickinson as the final pieces of the puzzle. We arranged to put it all together in February 2016 at John Henry's Rehearsal Studios.
The tragic news of Maurice White's passing came as a shock to the world and all involved with our band. With some pushing from our friends we decided there was no what better way to honour Reese than playing his music.
We have come together to perform and celebrated the music of Earth, Wind & Fire. We can't wait, in fact we're all fired up! Hey… that sounds like a name of a band if ever I heard one!
The songs we'll be performing include… After The Love Has Gone, Brazilian Rhyme, Boogie Wonderland, Can't Hide Love, Can't Let Go, Fantasy, Getaway, Got To Get You Into My Life, In The Stone, Jupiter, Let's Groove, Rock That, Reasons, Saturday Nite, September, Serpentine Fire, Shining Star, Sing A Song, Star & That's The Way Of The World.