Happy to be part of the London International Ska Festival on Saturday 19 April with Jazz Jamaica. Will be great fun getting back to the venue where Jazz Jamaica was born…The Jazz Café, Camden. It’s all Jon Dabner’s fault…THANK YOU, JON for giving me that break!
We had FANTASTIC gig at The Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton on Friday. It was a real trek getting there and back through 80mph wind gust and sheets of rain, but it was well worth the effort. Thanks to everyone who braved the weather to get there. A wonderful, appreciative audience. And thanks very much also to Alison and her great production team at The Arena for looking after us so well. We’re looking forward to seeing you again very soon!
After working in Denys Baptiste’s 14-piece band on his powerful Now Is The Time…Let Freedom Ring! project, I’m taking some time out to work with my own comparatively small band, Groundation with the wonderful Nathaniel Facey (alto sax), Shirley Tetteh (guitar) and Moses Boyd (drums). I love this band! Everyone has a chance to express themselves and there’s a nice chilled vibe amongst us.
A few gigs coming up:
Fri 31 Jan | SHEFFIELD – Millennium Hall
Sun 02 Feb | SOUTHAMPTON – The Bent Brief
Fri 14 Feb | WOLVERHAMPTON – Arena Theatre
Hope to see lots of new and familiar faces…
It’s so very sad to hear of the death of Brother Ronny Jordan.
Ronny was a polite, chilled, likeable guy. Although I was asked, we never got around to playing a formal gig together, just a couple of jam sessions. He knew of my uncle, Ernest Ranglin so we always had something to talk about. We even spoke a few times about the possibility of Ronny doing a Jazz Jamaica set with us one day.
Ronny was one of a group of talented West Londoners I met in the mid-Eighties. He shone a light that helped show many British-born African-Caribbean musicians a world of opportunity beyond our shores, and provided employment and an artistic outlet for many young musicians for nigh on 20 years. Overall, my impression of Ronny is that he was a giver more than a taker. I liked and admired him a lot.
He also did something rare that will be remembered forever: he had a Jazz hit, making his success a success for the whole of the UK Jazz scene.
Roll on Brother Ronny Jordan. RIP.
All of us in Jazz Jamaica are looking forward to heading saaaaf for our Christmas Party at our ‘home from home’, The Hideaway in Streatham later this month (Sunday 22 December). We always have great fun there and it’s a brilliant way to start winding down for the Christmas and New Year break. Looking down my blog, we could certainly do with a bit of cheer…very sadly, my last three posts are all RIPs.
Hope to see some of you there. Don’t be shy. Do come and say ‘Hi’ and join us for a celebratory Christmas cocktail or two, or three…
Originally posted on Tomorrow's Warriors:
What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.
— Nelson Mandela
Individually and collectively, we are heartbroken at your passing, but rejoice in your life, your leadership, your truth, and your inspiration. Most of all we rejoice in your love. You are a true Warrior. Thank you, Madiba. May you rest in beautiful peace.