We are excited to annonce that we have the legendary Jazzie B OBE coming to Maud. In terms of credentials and contribution to UK music they don't come much bigger than the founder member of Soul II Soul. We look forward to welcoming a true pioneer gracing us with a heavyweight selection. Although Jazzie B and Soul II Soul will always be connected, both spiritually and substantially, that's not all Jazzie has been about. For years now, he has built a parallel career away from the collective, one that allows Jazzie to advance his own ideas and character. Among his more eclectic achievements as Jazzie B, he has been a regular on London radio since Kiss FM was a pirate - he is currently on Solar Radio, Sundays 2-4 pm and also does a variety of voice-overs for radio and television. He has had a spell running Motown in the UK, designed a sneaker for the Lacoste Legends range and presented James Brown with the Diesel U Music Lifetime Achievement award - an honour the late Mr Brown would accept in person on the one condition that it was Jazzie who presented it to him. But on a more day-to-day level, welcome to Jazzie's world. The venue - The 1930's former Granada Cinema Walthamstow has provided entertainment and culture to local people for well over a century. Now, an arts venue hosting live music, comedy, theatre, spoken word and films in the cinema room (Maud) with a restaurant on the mezzanine foyer overlooking a cocktail bar in the ticket booth (Mirth). The main auditorium is currently in restoration. The original Victoria Hall opened during May 1887 to provide a venue for dances, concerts, meetings and plays. The site's long association with the movies began when it played host to one of London's first ever film shows in 1896, the year of cinema's birth. The original venue is believed to have been a haunt of the young Alfred Hitchcock who lived in nearby Leytonstone. Hitchcock's family were keen entertainment-lovers and it is inconceivable they would not have been regular visitors to the area's most popular venue. The cinema was built to present a mixture of films and live performances and was therefore equipped with an expensive purpose-built Christie cinema organ and first rate stage facilities. Over the years the venue would play host to such entertainment legends as The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Count Basie, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Little Richard, Gene Vincent, John Coltrane.