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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Nation’s Favourite Motown Song

ITV Nation's Favourite Motown Song

Did you see the Nation’s Favourite Motown Song on ITV on Sunday night? It was great! I’d forgotten how expansive the catalogue actually is and, in particular, how many great intros they created (with some equally great bass lines!).

Seriously, the Motown Hit Factory had some of the most extraordinary songwriting talent in their midst. That their music endures – cross-generation across generations – is testament to their supreme craftsmanship (no pun intended). I’ve seen adult audiences singing and dancing along to Jazz Jamaica’s version of Mary Wells’ My Guy, whilst my youngest daughter and her friends were Dancing In The Street (or rather in our living room!) and hitting up the Motown catalogue at her birthday party just a few weeks ago.

So I think regardless of age, the Motown catalogue continues to hold a fascination for those who just appreciate great music.

If you missed the ITV programme, you can catch it on the ITV Player until 2 August. And, of course, you can catch Jazz Jamaica All Stars live Motown extravaganza, Love Motown! for one night only at Royal Festival Hall, London on Friday 19 July with our friends from Urban Soul Orchestra, Beverley Skeete, Noel McKoy and the incredible Southbank Centre Voicelab choir.

There’ll be Dancing In The Street…and so much more!

Jazz Jamaica Motorcity RootsRemember the Motorcity Roots album by the 10-piece version of Jazz Jamaica? Well, for our new Love Motown! project  – Saturday 19 July at Royal Festival Hall, London – we’re upscaling the band to more than three times this size with 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxophones; plus 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos from Urban Soul Orchestra; and then our regular 1 upright bass (yours truly!), 1 grand piano and organ, 1 guitar, 1 percussion, 1 drum kit, 3 backing vocalists, 2 lead vocalists, a conductor..and, to top it all off, we’ll then add a 200-voice choir!!!

Here are a few of the original Jazz Jamaica tracks. Have a listen but try to imagine them with the supersized line-up! It’s going to be a seriously big sound that will blow the roof off the Royal Festival Hall.

Of course, this is for Southbank Centre’s Festival Of Love so come ready to sing and dance with your loved one, or your friends – you choose! But there’ll be plenty of love vibes floating around the hall once the band starts playing.

BOOK NOW for the live extravaganza on Saturday 19 July at London’s prestigious Royal Festival Hall.  

 

28 June – GLASGOW Jazz Festival/BBC Radio 3 for Jazz Jamaica + Myrna Hague

Glasgow Jazz Festival LogoGreat rehearsal earlier this week with my fellow Jazz Jamaicans and we’re looking forward to a fantastic gig with our special guest, Myrna Hague - Jamaica’s First Lady of Jazz, original Studio One vocalist and pioneer of Lovers Rock. Check out her Studio One hit, What About Me (below). Chuuuuuune! Come hear Myrna sing this, and more, live and direct with us at The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow on Saturday 28 June at 10.30pm.

BBC Radio 3 (90-93 FM) will be recording the show for broadcast in July on Jazz Line-Up. Watch this space for details of the broadcast…