Screamin’ Miss Jackson & The Slap Ya’ Mama Big Band
31. January 2016 By Walter Price 0

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Screamin’ Miss Jackson & The Slap Ya’ Mama Big Band…you got that right…”

by Walter Price


Over recent years I have become to know and respect the m sounds of the UK family that is the band Screamin’ Miss Jackson & The Slap Ya’ Mama Big Band. Yes, their name is as they are, to the point and perfectly described.

The band that mixes a fine blend of New Orleans sounds with roots music is busy in 2016 with their debut album seeing the light of day and a tour to spread the word, and all will be as it should. The album ‘Doughnut’ drops May of this year (Little Paradise Records) but try to catch them on the road as well.

Dates are as sent to The GTC:

  • 23rd March The Old Duke, Bristol
  • 24th March The Lamb, Lewes
  • 25th March Jamboree. London
  • 26th March, The Lighthouse, Deal
  • 27th March, The Prince Albert, Stroud
  • 30th March, Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge, Stamford
  • 1st April, The Malt Cross, Nottingham
  • 2rd April, The Firefly, Worcester
  • 5th April, Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham
  • 6th April, Oporto, Leeds
  • 7th April, Gaz Mayall’s Rocking Blues, St Moritz, Soho, London
  • 8th April, The Magic Garden, Battersea, London
  • 9th April, The Fox and Firkin, Lewisham, London
  • 10th April, Mascara Bar, Stoke Newington, London

“The band is April Jackson (Screamin’ Miss), Mark “Howlin’ Lord” Legassick, Marc ‘MR’ Griffiths, Miss Becca Philip, Henry Slim, Rory Smith. Robert Alexander III and they do a real fine job of reworking fair portions of deep rooted hillbilly sounds and tastes of Jazz and rag; evident in the voice of Screamin’ Miss Jackson herself. Jackson has no problem blurring the vocal prowess of names like Anita Carter and Lil Hadin. Strong, not over powering, fun and humble she will draw you in with that vocal delivery of hers.” – Walter Price (The GTC)

“Fusing a love of 20’s and 30’s jazz singers like Anita Carter and Georgia White with elements of country folk and sublime western swing, Screamin’ Miss Jackson’s seven-piece ragbag of musicians have a fun and authentic sound. Their debut album’s due for release in 2016 and if reviews of their eponymous EP are anything to go by, it’ll be chock full of good time tunes which luxuriate in the sounds of Miss Jackson’s washboard, whistle-clean electric guitar licks and shuffling percussion. As befits a band with such an interesting moniker, their live show will provide fans of hokum, ragtime and Cajun stylings plenty of sounds to get those feet a’tappin’.” – Charles Gervais (Narc.)

Screamin’ Miss Jackson & The Slap Ya’ Mama Big Band: Facebook / Little Paradise Records