Gary Crosby’s GROUNDATION – The Verdict: ‘explosive’!

Gary Crosby's Groundation

A great review from Jazzwise (see below), but just wanted to say I had a fantastic time in Brighton last Friday playing at The Verdict Jazz Club with Groundation (Nathaniel Facey, Shirley Tetteh and Moses ‘Mobo’ Boyd). It was our privilege to be launching a brand new programme of jazz curated by the guys at New Generation Jazz. The Verdict is a lovely little venue, and what the it lacks in size was made up by the enthusiasm of our sold out audience!

Earlier in the day Nat and I led a workshop at BIMM where we came across a number of very talented young musicians. Maybe we’ll see some of them at Tomorrow’s Warriors

Peace and love to Jack Kendon and Co at New Generation Jazz for organising it all. And best of luck to you guys for the rest of the series. We look forward to coming back sometime – it’s a great gig.

Meantime, here’s that great review I mentioned from our friends at Jazzwise Magazine – thanks guys!


In the practice of Rastafari, a Grounation is a musical and motivational meeting-up of the community – part prayer meeting, part drumming circle, part mentoring session, it’s the means by which the core values of the group are re-examined and reinvigorated, and its traditions upheld and passed down. Gary Crosby’s Groundation is happening in Brighton tonight…for an evening of exploration, affirmation and conversation.

What follows is an explosive, wide-ranging four-way exposition on the state of jazz today, (and the shape of jazz to come). Read on…

Photos courtesy of New Generation Jazz.

Dennie Vidal Funeral – 4 November

Dennie Vidal (r) and Ray Carless (l)

Sound engineer Dennie Vidal (r) with saxophonist, Ray Carless (l) [courtesy of John Henry’s]

Sharing details of the funeral of Jazz Jamaica’s former sound engineer, our brother in sound: Dennie Vidal. Still cannot believe he’s gone. One of the good guys.

11.00am on Wednesday 4 November

Our Lady of Good Counsel
Bouverie Road
Stoke Newington
London N16 0AJ

T: 020 8800 5250

The hearse will arrive at 28 Harcombe Road StokeNewington London
N16 0SA at 10.30, and make its way to the Church for 11.00am

Then a gathering to celebrate the life of Dennie Vidal will take place at around 2.00pm at

WaterWorks Centre
Lammas Road
(Off the Lea Bridge Road)
E10 7QB

The family do not want flowers but instead would like a small donation for St Joseph Hospice. A collection will take place at the venue.

See you there.

Also check out the nice tribute from the guys at John Henry’s 

Coleridge Goode – Funeral and Celebration of Life – 6 Nov

©Sisi Burn - Coleridge Goode

Coleridge Goode (Photo: © Sisi Burn)

James and Sandy Goode invite friends and fans of Coleridge to join them in celebrating their father’s long and fulfilling life.

100 and out. A life well lived.

See below for details of the service.

A service to give thanks for the life of Coleridge Goode
Time and date:  Friday 6th November, 3.45pm
Location:           West London Crematorium (West Chapel)
                          Kensal Green Cemetery
                          Harrow Rd
                          W10 4RA
                          Tel: 020 8969 0152
Directions:         The closest entrance to the crematorium is the Top or West Gate, a few minutes walk from Kensal Green Station.
After the service, from approx. 4.30pm, threre’ll be a gathering of friends at the William IV pub on Harrow Rd, just across the street from the cemetery. All who knew Cole personally are warmly invited to attend. To make sure we arrange sufficient food and drink for all who’d like to come, please RSVP as soon as possible to Sandy Goode:
Email:  sandygoode at msn dot com
Mobile:  07944 285905
Directions:         William IV Pub Map

RIP Dennie Vidal – Sound Engineer extraordinaire

©2002-2015 Dune Music:  Jazz Jamaica All Stars in 2002

©2002-2015 Dune Music – Line-up of Jazz Jamaica All Stars back in 2002 that Dennie would have done sound for.

‪#‎RIP‬ ‪#‎DennieVidal‬ Absolutely gutted to share the news about Jazz Jamaica‘s former sound engineer, #DennieVidal who passed away this morning after losing a battle with pancreatic cancer. Just cannot believe it. He was just 51 years old. Coming on top of the death of ‪#‎RicoRodriguez‬, this is truly depressing news for all of us in Jazz Jamaica.

Don’t have a photo of him at this time – will try to root one out – but those who worked with him will be deeply upset to hear about his passing. We’re awaiting news of the funeral arrangements.

Rest in deep musical peace, Brother Dennie. You will be greatly missed. Peace and love.

RIP Coleridge Goode 1914-2015

©2014 J Irons-Coleridge Goode 29Nov14

It is with the deepest sadness that I share the news of the passing of my very dear friend and mentor, the Jamaican bassist, Coleridge Goode. He died at his home in West London following a heart attack at 8pm on Friday 2 October.

It was my great privilege to have celebrated his 100th birthday with Coleridge and his wonderful family last November, and I’d really hoped we would be marking his 101st with him this year. Sadly this was not to be.

I’ll write in more detail soon, but just wanted to share this very sad news with friends and fans of Coleridge.

My heartfelt condolences go to Coleridge’s children – daughter, Sandy and son, James. And coming not so long after the passing of Coleridge’s beautiful wife, Gertrude (23 June 2015) makes this all the more sad.

If you’d like to leave a message of condolence, please feel free to do so here under ‘Comments’ or you can use the Coleridge Goode Facebook Page set up for his 100th birthday – I’ll be passing on any messages to Coleridge’s family directly.

Rest in sweet musical peace my dear, dear friend, Coleridge. We are all going to miss you.


Groundation at the Watermill

Gary Crosby's GroundationGreat gig with my band, Groundation last night at Watermill Jazz ClubThanks to all who came out to support, and to Kathryn Shackleton and the team for inviting us to play there. Really sorry we couldn’t bring Nathaniel Facey with us this time but, unfortunately, he had to ‘throw a sickie’ due to injuring his hand. Naturally, all the band wish him the speediest recovery – I know how frustrated he feels being taken down through injury – but we give thanks and props to Binker Golding for stepping in at the last minute to ensure we could still put on a great gig for our wonderful audience in Dorking.

Binker, Shirley, Moses…peace, love and thanks!

Crescent…Our Coltrane Cycle continues tonight at Foyles

Gary Crosby 4tet play Coltrane's CrescentVery happy to be playing with Denys (Baptiste), Rod (Youngs) and Joe (Armon-Jones) tonight (Fri 25 Sep, 6.30pm-7.30pm) in the Auditorium at Foyles. We’re performing one of my favourite albums, the meditative Coltrane classic: Crescent – precursor to A Love Supreme – and you can be sure we’ll be giving it everything we’ve got. It’s just a one-hour set so come early to get a seat and catch the whole thing from start to finish. You won’t be disappointed (especially as it’s just a fiver, yes, £5 admission!).

See you there, 6.30pm sharp!

Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT