These two gigs were pulled together at short notice but got a good turnout nonetheless. The best news was that Jim is back, and was on top form. However, Paddie couldn’t make it, so Charlotte Churchman stood in and did a great job, and brought a number from her repertoire – Stevie Wonder’s “What’s the
Jody Linscott is an American session musician and percussionist who resides in England and maintains an extended discography. She has two daughters Kachina Dechert and Coco Linscott  and has written two children's books which were published by Doubleday, both edited by Jackie Onassis. Linscott has written several songs to accompany the books.
Jody Linscott was born in the United States, but went to England on a holiday in 1971 and never returned. While studying to be a bookbinder she repaired items, and once repaired a conga drum that the owner never returned to claim. After seeing a poster at the African Centre in Covent Garden for "Mustapha Tete Ade – Master Drummer from Ghana," she took the drum to his rhythms class to learn African rhythms. The class instructor, a visitor from Africa who was associated with the British Consulate, recognized her as a natural talent and offered to give her private lessons. Afterward, Linscott built a full set of congas from fiberglass and found a blacksmith to provide the hardware. She worked as a waitress at Dingwalls in Camden Town and kept the congas in the cloakroom to jam with the bands that played there.
Her professional break came when she played with the band Kokomo one evening, and was hired by the band as a percussionist. The band signed with Epic Records through Steve O'Rourke, Pink Floyd's manager, who then took over management of the band Kokomo. Linscott went on to work with Robert Palmer on the album Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley. Later she heard that Palmer was looking for a percussionist to go on tour, and after contacting him was hired. Linscott built her own percussion rack for the tour to provide a variety of creative sounds, and toured with Palmer in America for about two years. Afterward she went on to work with a number of other prominent professional groups and musicians.
Jody Linscott has worked with a number of well-known musicians, including Jaki Graham, Dido, Elton John, The Who, Mike Oldfield, Billy Bragg, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Roger Daltrey, Ray Davies, John Entwistle, John Wesley Harding, Kokomo, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, Nils Lofgren, John Mayall, Robert Palmer, Pet Shop Boys, Simon Phillips, David Sanborn, Pete Townshend, Jay-Z, Avril Lavigne, Tom Jones, Daryl Hall, Atomic Kitten, Blue, Bryan Adams, Don Henley, The Bee Gees, The Clash, Billy Squier, Santana, Snowy White, Paul McCartney, Hamish Stuart, Sam Brown, Joan Armatrading, The Waterboys, Bryan Ferry, Take That, Natasha Bedingfield, Will Young, John Hall and Swing Out Sister.
Linscott has toured as percussionist for The Who, David Gilmour and Elton John. In 1994 she appeared in A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who, also known as Daltrey Sings Townshend. This was a two-night concert at Carnegie Hall produced by Roger Daltrey of English rock band The Who in celebration of his fiftieth birthday. Linscott worked with Paul McCartney on the soundtrack of Give My Regards to Broad Street and also performed in the 2007 Princess Diana Tribute concert, playing percussion in the house band/orchestra.
- All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes (1982)
- Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984)
- David Gilmour: Live At Hammersmith Odeon (1984)
- Pete Townshend: Deep End Live! (1985)
- Elton John: "Live in Australia, Tour de Force" (1986)
- Stand by Me: AIDS Day Benefit (1987)
- The Who Live at Giants Stadium (1989)
- A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who (1994)
- The Who: Thirty Years of Maximum R&B (1994)
- MasterCard Masters of Music Concert for The Prince's Trust (1996)
- Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells III premiere in Horse Guards Parade London (1998)
- Mike Oldfield: The Millennium Bell Live in Berlin (1999)
- Pete Townshend: VH1 Storytellers (2000) (TV)
- Pete Townshend: Music From Lifehouse (2000)
- Dido Live (2005)
- The Who: Tommy and Quadrophenia Live with Special Guests (1997 production, 2005 release)
- Don Henley: All She Wants to Do Is Dance
A few numbers from the first of two great nights at the Half Moon, October 2016
By general agreement, these were the best gigs since the 2014 re-union – two sold-out nights with crowds in the weekend mood helped. For the record, Mel Collins was back on sax (“Bet you don’t get a reception like that with King Crimson” said Frank), and Andy Treacey from Faithless was on drums. Two ‘new old’ songs were in the set: “What You Waiting For” (AKA Turn Up the Microphone”), an obscure Norman Whitfield disco track originally recorded by Stargard (video from the night here), and the Quincy Jones number “Stuff Like That”.
Read Craig Chaligne’s review on Louder Than War (he liked it).
Thanks to Steven Cropper for these great photos. Check out the rest of his work at www.transientlife.uk
From the the first of two sold-out nights at Half Moon, 14 October 2016
Boisdale is a up-scale ‘restaurant in Canary Wharf that has live jazz, blues and soul music every day. Robert Elms hosts an occasional Friday ‘soul night’ there, often with tribute bands. But Robert is a long-term Kokomo fan, so Sue Martin managed to get Kokomo booked.
This was a very different gig than Wednesday’s Half Moon show. Everyone was seated, and hardly anyone had come specifically to see Kokomo. However, lots of people had clearly come to dance, and the tiny dance floor in front of the stage was soon full to overflowing. It was great that Kokomo is reaching a new audience.
Here are some photos from Sue Martin, Doug Dean and Alan Jackson
Another memorable evening at a sold-out Half Moon, the venue of Helena-May’s first performance with the band in August 2014. Andy Tracey of Faithless played drums as if he’s always been in the band. Mel was back from Crimson duty. Ally and Richie from Tony’s band joined in on backing vocals for a couple of numbers. All was right with the world for a couple of hours.
Photos by Steven Cropper.
Check out Steven’s work at http://www.transientlife.uk/