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The band takes elements of Soul, Jazz Blues, R&B with Latin and Funk Rhythms to create a fresh and distinctive sound.
Dana Ali (Lead Vocals)
Taking her influences from the likes of India Arie, Lauren Hill, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder to name but a few, Dana started singing Gospel music in the churches of Atlanta GA. With experience singing in front of large audiences in churches, conferences and choirs, Dana decided to take her performing career to another level. Collaborating with Dave Hewitt and Alan Shacklock (from the British band Babe Ruth), Dana Ali started recording material in Nashville for her solo project. And since moving to the UK has joined forces with Dave and Sid Szydelko to continue recording original tracks for a album release. 'Breathe in Love' which will be featured on this album is now available as a single. Dana now performs and tours with The Dana Ali Band.
Dave Hewitt (Bass)
British musician Dave Hewitt found fame in the 1970s with blues rock band Babe Ruth before moving to the USA in the 1980s. Hewitt has worked with the likes of Eddie Offord, Jeff Glixman, Georgia Sattelites, Whitford St. Holmes (Aerosmith and Ted Nugent) and Steve Marriot to name but a few!
The Duck & Drake is an historic pub in the centre of Leeds in beautiful West Yorkshire. Expect to find the finest cask ales and some of the tastiest live music anywhere in the city!
A fine example of a two-roomed Victorian corner pub retaining some original features. Wood-floored throughout and some of the floorboards have survived two hundred years of trade.
The central bar with fifteen handpumps sits in between and serves both rooms.
There is live music most nights from a small stage in the corner of the front room, which also features a mural on the back wall depicting many blues and rock legends and is decorated with various music memorabilia.
The pub has existed under several different names including THE HORSE & GROOM & THE BROUGHAM'S ARMS. During the second world war Broughams had a reputation for being a place where women would meet and entertain American GI’s. It wasn't until 1985 - while the pub was under the care of landlord Les Moon - that the name changed to The Duck & Drake. Though the present name is represented in the form of waterfowl it actually refers to the pastime of skimming stones on water called “ducks & drakes”.
Parking is often tricky... There is an NCP car park quite close by but it closes bang on 11pm - so if the bands still rocking - your car may get locked in!
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