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Martha High & The Soul Cookers

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Martha High & The Soul Cookers  - The soul diva and James Brown's muse on November 3 to 6, 2017 at Half Note Jazz club Trivonianou 17, Metz, Athens - 210 9213360 - Start Time: Fri & Sat: 22.30, Sun & Mon: 21.30 - Entrance: 20 euros (bars), 25 euros (2nd zone), 30 euros (1st zone) - Soul and funk at their best!

Martha was born in Victoria, Virginia and grew up in Washington DC. Born with a passion for singing she started singing in front of audiences at a young age, appearing in her local school concerts and numerous talent shows in the area. It was at a talent show that she was discovered by non-other than Bo Diddley; he was so impressed he told local upcoming band The Jewels all about this young talented singer. On Bo’s recommendation they agreed to give her an audition. They were totally wowed with her powerful vocal range and she became an instant member of the band. One night in 1965 Martha and The Jewels were performing at the Howard Theatre in DC, and Mr Brown was there.He was so impressed afterwards he went backstage and asked them to be part of the James Brown Revue band and that was the start of Martha’s 32 year career performing alongside The Godfather. During her years with James Brown he produced and released a single for Martha's called 'Georgy Girl' with the flip side, 'Try Me' on his own People record label in 1972. Then in 1979, with JB’s blessing, she recorded a self-titled album on Salsoul Records, co-produced by The Godfather and Thomas Stewart. Over the years she has had the opportunity to share the stage with some of the greatest artists known, Little Richard, Jerry lee Lewis, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, B.B. King, Mary J Blige, Stevie Wonder, Prince and Michael Jackson and The Police among others. Miss High also appeared on many funky masterpieces, such as Payback, Body Heat, Doin It To Death, Ain't That A Groove and Bring It Up, It's Hell and on the unforgettable duet with James Brown, Summertime It was a particularly exciting time for her when she recorded the song 'Go Fer Yer Funk' with The Godfather of Soul, as well as George Clinton and Bootsy Collins.
After leaving Mr. Brown, in the year of 2000 Martha appeared with the legendary Maceo Parker and his band as a featured vocalist.  She has since continued to tour the world with Mr Parker the man they call 'The Teacher'. 
Martha tours to this day with various artists, while continuing her solo career. Performing alongside the likes of Peewee Ellis and Fred Wesley, Marva Whitney and Gwen McCrae, Roy Ayers, Boney Fields & the Bone Project to name a few.
Regularly receiving standing ovations from enthused crowds wherever Martha performs around the world, she has pretty much achieved all her performance goals, having played in most countries one could imagine over the years. When she’s off the road, Martha does workshops and master classes, in and around Paris, where she spends a lot of time. She provides her expertise and has been commissioned to participate in the development of rising singers. Gifted with a sound spanning the musical spectrum, from soul and rhythm & blues to rock and roll, to gospel, her soulful style appeals to a wide audience, from the young to the 'still jammin' seniors.
Already highly revered by a huge international audience, she now reaches a new generation with her new album Singing For The Good Times. Martha continues to serve up a mesmerising and genuine soul sound which includes her own style of rhythm & blues and funk.

Martha High: Song
Eric Wakenius: guitar, voice
Leonardo Corradi: Hammond instrument
Tony Match: drums

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