Damn right they’re also somebody... not only do the Soul Immigrants support Fred Wesley and the New JBs at Under the Bridge on 30 July, James Brown’s legendarily funky trombone player is also on their recent single ‘Yard of Hard.’

The six-piece south London jazz-funk outfit – frontman Emrys Baird, also adding George Benson-styled octave jumping vocals to his sinuous guitar lines, along with steady bass guitarist Al Gibson, a dapper Mod-like Stu Ross on nicely glissy Hammond organ, Davide Bouet on whip smart drums venturing that necessary tad behind the beat, and the two-piece horn section of Dee Byrne on alto sax who in another musical life leads Entropi and Ian Bailey on soulful tenor – are really storming live particularly as witnessed at the 100 Club earlier this year, jazzy enough for the jazz heads, funky enough for the Mods and dancers. And of course hearing Wesley in the flesh at close quarters any night of the week is an unforgettable experience. SG