TWO original members of the UK funk and R&B outfit the Average White Band will be giving the audience of Jazz Mix a treat, when they play next week.

Hamish Stuart and Malcolm "Molly" Duncan will perform together at the club held in the Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavilion on Wednesday November 29.

Glasgow-born Hamish Stuart shot to fame in the 1970's as the falsetto voice and guitarist of the Average White Band, his distinctive song writing and vocal and guitar style helping pave the way to their worldwide success.

When the AWB split in 1982, Stuart went on to write, record and tour with an array of soul stars including Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, George Benson and Chaka Khan for whom he wrote the No.1 chart hit Whatcha Gonna Do For Me?

He went on to record with David Sanborn, releasing a live album on which Hamish sang Al Green’s ‘Love and Happiness’ now a Hamish Stuart Band standard and in the late 80’s joined Paul McCartney’s band appearing on several albums and world tours over six years.

The Hamish Stuart Band however, reflects his own personality, immensely diverse interests and influences, while showcasing his inimitable vocal style.

Tenor saxophonist Malcolm “Molly” Duncan was a founding member of the Average White Band from 1971 to 1983.

He later went on to record with artists such as Ray Charles, Tom Petty, Bryan Ferry and many others and has played live with artists including Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan and Eric Clapton.

On the night expect AWB hits and loads of great funk and soul classics, by a band that generates a truly ferocious groove and never fails to blow off the roof!

Joining Hamish and Molly on stage on the night will be Adam Phillips on guitar, Steve Pearce on bass, Ross Stanley on keyboards and Ian Thomas on drums.

Tickets £19 on sale via or the box office of the venue based in Station Road, Southend.

Doors open at 8pm with music from 8.30pm-11pm.