Ronnie Littlejohn has a long history in the Canadian music scene. For fifteen years, he fronted Planet Earth, one of Canada’s premier jazz/funk/soul bands. Planet Earth and Littlejohn’s Funk Embassy, were touted as vanguards of funk revival.
Littlejohn has shared the stage with some of music’s finest, including: Maceo Parker, Betty Lavette, War, Russ Little, Kevin Breit, Donna Grantis, Guido Basso, Ben Riley, members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He has also made special appearances with Alex Lifeson, Lee Oskar, Holly Cole, Jackie Richardson, Doug Riley, Kevin Turcotte and others.
His musical influences go back to the classic sounds of New Orleans. Littlejohn is a self-trained vocalist who began singing at the age of five to old 45s. His eclectic taste in music has added considerably to his collection of 45s over the years.
Gumbo Kitchen is a musical journey down to Littlejohn’s favorite city: New Orleans, Louisiana. For the past fifteen years, Littlejohn has visited NOLA at least once per year. Gumbo Kitchen is an authentic exploration of New Orleans jazz, swampy funk, second line brass bands. Add a dash of soul and gospel, with a pinch of New Orleans rhythm and blues and you’ve got a delicious savory gumbo!
Gumbo Kitchen, Saturdays at 7pm starting January 12, 2019.