Jeff Young

2013 saw finally one of the Soul Mafia originals join Summer Soulstice and Jeff’s been a regular at the event ever since…

Jeff’s long-standing status as a discerning soul DJ has always held him in high regard. On the airwaves Jeff initially took up position with BBC Radio London but then moved onto Radio 1 in 1987 to host a new Friday night ‘dance’ show.

Called Big Beat, it allowed him to play music right across the black music spectrum – from house to hip-hop – it became an essential for clubbers prepping their weekend socials. Despite the wider musical range of the show, Jeff’s soulful roots always remained evident.

Jeff, wife Ann and DJ Greg Edwards backstage at Summer Soulstice 2017. Photo by Clifford J Irving © Summer Soulstice Ltd.

After 3 years at the helm and with Jeff paving the way for a nation to be introduced to a certain Pete Tong, he handed over the show and moved onto London’s Capital Radio where he stayed for a short while.

Jeff has always considered that his greatest achievement is “making a living in the music business for over 30 years” and more recently he has returned to the decks, doing the soul circuit once again by guesting st several club nights and weekenders. Despite previously being nominated for a Sony Radio Award (Best Specialist Radio Show) he took a long break from the airwaves, but returned to the radio a few years ago courtesy of Jazz FM, with a Sunday show between 10am and 2pm (GMT) called ‘The Journey’. It’s a programme which Jeff himself says “is a four hour excursion through everything that’s great in new and classic soul, jazz and jazz funk.”

A great addition to the DJ line-ups at many of our recent fundraising events, Jeff’s involvement is something that makes all of us at Soulstice HQ very proud.

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