Biography: Soul Kitchen
We love the music we play and it shows on all of our gigs.
Drawing musical inspiration from the legendary Rhythm and Blues artists of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, Soul Kitchen lays down a groove that sets your feet in motion. With a commitment to the R&B sound, the band employs a four horn section, full rhythm section and male and female vocalists. This instrumentation provides authenticity of sound and enables the band to perform works popularized by male and female artists of the genre from Aretha Franklin and Etta James to Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles. Whether you grew up with the music or are new to it, you’re certain to find it infectious.
The band is led by arranger/trumpeter Rick Hammett (recording artist for Warner Brothers, Concord jazz Records, RCA and Electra, 1st trumpet for Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, the Boston Pops and others, musical contractor for the Colonial Theater, Boston’s Opera House and the Wilbur Theater) and features vocalist/keyboardist Joe Bargar (who has toured with Otis Rush and recorded with Diana Ross) and the vocal sounds of former Atlantic recording artist April Hall. The musicians in Soul Kitchen are the finest musical talent to be found in the Boston area.
What others have to say about Soul Kitchen:
Soul Kitchen is as sharp as most headliners…with their tight big band sound and unique arrangements, Soul Kitchen cooks…
—Jay Miller of the Patriot Ledger
These guys played my show as if we've been working together for years! This is a fabulous band. (After Soul Kitchen backed up Scott's show for an Anheuser Busch convention.)
—Las Vegas comedian Scott Record
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