Celebrating 100 Goode Years: Happy Birthday Coleridge

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garycrosbybass:

Tomorrow’s Warriors have posted a slideshow of some of the wonderful images we used for my concert last week in the Purcell Room at Southbank Centre to celebrate (a week early) the 100th birthday of one of my mentors, Coleridge Goode. We’ll be posting up some footage from the show shortly.

Send Coleridge a birthday message via the Tomorrow’s Warriors blog or, alternatively:

  • Post on Twitter with hashtags #OnceInACentury #ColeridgeGoode100
  • Like and post a comment on Facebook page Coleridge Goode 100

– we’ll be sharing your messages with Coleridge at his party on the 29th!

Originally posted on Tomorrow's Warriors:

Last week Tomorrow’s Warriors artistic director, Gary CrosbyOBE was able to publicly share his admiration for his mentor at a special interactive concert during the London Jazz Festival.  Today, we are so very proud to celebrate the 100th birthday of the double bass jazz giant and unmatched legend, MrColeridge Goode: ‘Lord Master of the Lower Frequencies’.

Happy Birthday Coleridge! may you celebrate many more glorious years with your family and friends, and keep on inspiring future generations of jazz musicians and lovers of jazz music.

Please join us in celebrating Coleridge’s incredible talent, his influence on the jazz scene and beyond and, most of all, the pure generosity and humanity he shows to those who come after him. Send your appreciation by tweeting #OnceInACentury #ColeridgeGoode100 or commenting on Facebook.

Coleridge Goode, born 29 November 1914, Jamaica, West Indies.

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David Turay (1995-2014) – A farewell concert

garycrosbybass:

A tragic loss to the Tomorrow’s Warriors Family and the wider jazz community. A very individual, very distinctive approach to music and fashion, he made a real impact on those he came into contact with, even in the incredibly short time he was part of the scene.

We’re going to give David a big send off tonight with Fela Kuti’s ‘Zombie’, courtesy of Tomorrow’s Warriors protégés, Ezra Collective, and we’re sure you’ll be there in spirit blowing your horn. Peace and love, David, peace and love.

Originally posted on Tomorrow's Warriors:

David Turay with TW-Ezra Collective

We are still all reeling from the terrible news about former Tomorrow’s Warriors/Ezra Collective alto saxophonist, David Turay who passed away, aged 19, last weekend. Though we are all tremendously sad at this time, we are united in a desire not only to mark his passing, but also to celebrate his life, his energy, and his contribution to the Warriors family.

Our thanks to Femi Koleoso and fellow Ezra Collective members for offering to dedicate their EFG London Jazz Festival performance to David, giving us all an opportunity to bid him Farewell:

Friday 21 November @ 5.30pm (£Free)
The Front Roomat Queen Elizabeth Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

As part of the performance, Ezra Collective will play the set they played with David at Ronnie Scotts back in 2012 when, as Tomorrow’s Warriors Youth Ensemble, they celebrated winning the Yamaha Jazz Experience Band Competition.

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Fri 21 Nov: Coleridge Goode at 100 – Let’s Celebrate! #EFGLJF

Gary Crosby-Coleridge Goode 100 YearsI’m excited to tell you about a special interactive concert I’m presenting on Friday 21 November at the Purcell Room as part of this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival – Coleridge Goode: A Celebration.

It’s a tribute to my dear friend and mentor, the legendary Jamaican double bassist, Coleridge Goode, who celebrates his 100th birthday at the end of this month (29th). We’ll be marking this important event with a concert combining live music, conversations, literary readings, photography and film, and it would be wonderful to see as many of you as possible joining us for this party! So please share this info with family and friends!

Joining me on stage will be Byron Wallen (trumpet), Aleksandra Topczewska (alto sax), Omar Puente (violin), Alex Ho (piano), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), and Moses Boyd (drums), and a panel of guest speakers including the beautiful vocalist Elaine Delmar, broadcaster and jazz historian Alyn Shipton, saxophonist Denys Baptiste, biographer Roger Cotterrell, and Goode family friend Colleen McIntyre. Our speakers will offer insight into Coleridge’s career and, sharing personal memories, shine a light on a life in jazz that began a few months after the outbreak of the First World War.Chairing the panel, and weaving it all together will be journalist and broadcaster Kevin Le Gendre.

Coleridge is one of the most important musicians ever in the history of jazz and jazz bass. He worked with so many musical luminaries from Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, to George Shearing and Joe HarriottShake Keane to Leslie ‘Jiver’ Hutchinson to John Mayer. He even played for the late British Labour Prime Minister, Harold Wilson at 10 Downing Street. He also featured in the Ray Ellington Quartet famed as the house band on BBC Radio’s irreverent comedy programme, The Goon Show that featured Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe.

In addition to his contribution as a player, Coleridge is credited as the person who came up with the idea of the double bass pickup to amplify the sound of the instrument, marking a major development in the evolution of bass performance.

Gary Crosby and Coleridge Goode 2014I first met Coleridge in Earl’s Court around 1980 when I was working in a West African restaurant across the road from a club where he used to play. For me as a bass player, I was impressed not only by his technical ability, but also his immense musicality – watching him sing and bow his bass simultaneously was like having a live history lesson that harked back to the great Slam Stewart, Major ‘Mule’ Holley and Jimmy Blanton.

Coleridge was incredibly generous towards us younger musicians, always happy to share information on the history of jazz in Britain. I was especially excited about his work with the great Joe Harriott – Coleridge is the last surviving member of Harriott’s innovative Quintet  – and my conversations with him inspired me to conceive a concert in tribute to the saxophonist as part of the London Jazz Festival some years ago.

Coleridge is a refined, cultured gentleman who loves all kinds of music, particularly classical music. He has always been accessible to me, and I feel enormously privileged to have been invited to spend time with him and his beautiful wife, Gertrude at their house in Notting Hill. It is here that, over the years I’ve been introduced to a number of important Caribbean jazz elders such as Herman Wilson, Ken Gordon, Frank Holder, and Iggy Quail. He also introduced me to other jazz greats such Laurie Morgan, Michael Garrick, and Tommy Jones.

Over the past 30-odd years, it has been my absolute honour and pleasure to become friends with, and be mentored by this wonderful human being. But his generosity hasn’t stopped there. He has allowed and encouraged me to bring many of my young Tomorrow’s Warriors protégés to meet and spend time with him at his house, where he has continued to pass on valuable information on jazz history and to appreciate our place within it.

I will always remember the time when, as a birthday present to Coleridge, I learned his only known recorded composition, Dream For Bass. Since bowing and singing at the same time was not my thing, I practised the piece pizzicato then went over to Coleridge’s house where he was having a small get-together with family and friends. I played Dream For Bass in front of the guests who included my dear friends and master bassists, Peter Ind and Dave Green (inspiring me to hatch my Lords Of The Lower Frequencies project). Coleridge looked on, smiling and nodding his support. Later on, during a quiet moment, he pulled me to one side to thank me and tell me how impressed and happy he was that I had even attempted to play his music. However, just as I was about to acknowledge the great man’s praise, he added ‘…but I wrote that music for the bow’! In an instant I was humbled and reminded that I still had much to learn from this incredible musician!

Do come along to Coleridge Goode: A Celebration on Friday 21 November and join me in celebrating the 100th birthday of the consummate Lord Of The Lower Frequencies. Sadly, he is now too frail to attend in person, but we hope to record the concert for Coleridge so he can enjoy listening back to it when we celebrate with him on his birthday. And guess what? Though age may have forced him to lay down his bass, you can still hear him scatting along to music whenever it gets to the bass solo!

100 birthdayHAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY Mr Goode!


News features:

Special Celebrations at the London Jazz Festival news feature in the Financial Times

Coleridge Goode’s 100th birthday to be celebrated at the London Jazz Festival preview by Marlbank

Biography:

Bass Lines: A Life In Jazz by Roger Cotterrell/Coleridge Goode Vinyl

Recordings:

Jazz For Moderns by Joe Harriott Quintet (Gearbox Records)

Prelude To Heart Is A Lotus by Michael Garrick Sextet with Don Rendell & Ian Carr (Gearbox Records)

Another sold out show for Jazz Jamaica All Stars

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Photos by Kwame Lestrade except where indicated

Big thanks to all of the 2,000+ fans and supporters who came to our sold out Royal Festival Hall Love Motown! show on 19 July. Once again, our fans turned up in their thousands on one of the hottest days of the year to see us pay tribute to the music from the Motorcity. By the end of the show, we had everyone up on their feet and dancing, if not in the street, then definitely in the seats and the aisles of this iconic venue.

It was set to be a fantastic show but, regrettably, we faced quite a few glitches, which were evident on the day. As a result we fell short of the very high bar we set ourselves. We are very sorry about this. It’s clear, from the feedback we’ve received, that the vast majority of people really enjoyed the show but a few of our fans felt let down, and for this we must apologise.

Those of you who have followed us over the years will know we are committed to high quality and exceptional audience experiences and we work tirelessly to achieve this. As part of this commitment, we conduct post-event reviews and evaluate all feedback so that we can continuously improve and exceed expectations.

We appreciate all comments received that will assist this process. Thank you!

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And thanks also to everyone who contributed to Love Motown!Jazz Jamaica All Stars, members of Urban Soul Orchestra and Tomorrow’s Warriors, the incredible Southbank Centre Voicelab and choir leader, Mark De Lisser, and lead vocalists Beverley Skeete and Noel McKoy. Thanks also to music arranger, Jason Yarde and our musical director, Kevin Robinson for their brilliant contributions, and to Southbank Centre, our co-producers.

When all is said and done, there was great joy and fun on the night and  towards the end of this week we’ll be posting some video footage online so that everyone can relive some of the best moments of Love Motown!

 

 

TimeOut says: DON’T MISS OUT on Jazz Jamaica All Stars’ LOVE MOTOWN!

 

To book tickets, click on the image to go straight to the Southbank Centre online booking page! Don’t Stop In The Name Of Love, just get your skates on and book now for this joyous musical extravaganza!TimeOut Love Motown Preview

Sat 12 July: BBC Radio 3 to broadcast Jazz Jamaica’s Glasgow Jazz Fest gig

Jazz Line-upIf you couldn’t make it to our show in Glasgow at the end of June, tune in to BBC Radio 3 Jazz Line-Up at 6.00pm on Saturday 12 July. We had a great time at the Glasgow Jazz Festival and it was great to catch up with our friends north of the border.

Don’t panic if you can’t tune in on the 12th, as the recording will remain on the BBC iPlayer for seven more days afterwards. Enjoy!

Arts Council renews and increases NPO investment in Tomorrow’s Warriors

garycrosbybass:

Fantastic that Arts Council England has renewed and increased the funding for my organisation, Tomorrow’s Warriors for the period 2015-18. A great endorsement of our work over the past 23 years. Congratulations to all members of the team!

Originally posted on Tomorrow's Warriors:

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Last week Tomorrow’s Warriors received confirmation that Arts Council England will continue and increase its investment in our organisation over the next three years as part of its prestigious National Portfolio. According to Arts Council England:

The 2015-18 National Portfolio shows our commitment to organisations that produce work of outstanding quality; that will attract wider audiences; and that will make a valuable contribution to the cultural lives of young people.

Tomorrow’s Warriors Chief Executive, Janine Irons MBE FRSA commented:

Janine Irons - CEO of Tomorrow's WarriorsNaturally, we are delighted with the news. Renewal of our status as a National Portfolio Organisation and continued funding is recognition that, over the past 23 years, Tomorrow’s Warriors has built up an excellent track record in delivering high quality services in the UK’s music and cultural sector. We are grateful to Arts Council England for acknowledging this with an 18.3% uplift in our funding.

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