Sheffield party band Tin Soldiers line up with jazzman Ralph Salt 

Singer Sam O'Hara
Singer Sam O'Hara

One of the biggest free gigs ever staged at Leopold Square’s Cubana venue takes place this Thursday, January 31.

Sheffield 20-piece party band Tin Soldiers are lining up to beat the January blues by teaming up with former Voice contestant Sam O’Hara

They will also be joined at the event by local jazz legend Ralph Salt and his six-piece band, who will be performing before and after the Tin Soldiers.

The show will begin a year that sees Tin Soldiers attempt to surpass their record- breaking 2018 which included two shows at Tramlines, headlining a  stage at the Peak District Y Not Festival and supporting Endorphin Machine, a Prince tribute band at the Sheffield 02 Academy.

The band boasts 18 horns, electric bass and drums and performs tracks by the likes of Earth Wind and Fire, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, The White Stripes, Wild Cherry and Herbie Hancock . They released their EP Big Noise last March last year with more than 300 people attending its launch party.

Ralph Salt has been a professional jazz pianist since 1967, he was inspired after seeing Liberace perform at Sheffield City Hall ten years earlier.

As a teen, Ralph became obsessed with modern jazz, seeing many of his idols, including Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, Erroll Garner, and Keith Jarrett.

His impressive musical resume includes performances with Joe Cocker, Frank White, Art Farmer, Don Weller, Colin Lazzerini, The Longpigs, Bob Monkhouse and Marti Caine. He also gave keyboard lessons to a young Mark White from ABC.

The show starts at 9pm in Cubana’s downstairs bar.        

Bookings can be made on 0114 276 0475. More info from www.cubanatapasbar.co.uk