Irie Jamaica Independence Celebration at SOLD OUT Hideaway Streatham

Image: The HIdeaway StreathamPlenty fun had by all at Jazz Jamaica‘s Jamaican Independence Party at The Hideaway in Streatham on Saturday. Love and respect to our special guest, Myrna Hague from Jamaica and to Chicago bluesman, my friend Fernando Jones.

I’m always happy to be back at this club. It’s like a home from home, even if it is on the opposite side of London to where I live. It was great to see so many of you come out to celebrate. A massive THANK YOU to all those who came down to party with us!

Massive THANKS also to club owner Fran Strachan and all of her team who always work so hard to make sure our wonderful audience [because, of all the audiences…! ;-) ] and all members of the band have a great experience at the club. We’re going to be back at Christmas – date to be announced shortly so keep your eyes peeled. We’re already looking forward to it. Soon come…

Peace and love.

10 Aug: Tune in to Nérija on Jazz On 3/BBC Introducing

Nerija-Jo3-BBC IntroducingThe young musicians of Nérija make me so proud. Feels very special to see them grow up through our Tomorrow’s Warriors Young Artist Development Programme, and then see them playing at major festivals, and on the BBC! Your hard work is paying off, ladies. Keep rising! Peace and love.

10 Aug: Tune in to Nérija on Jazz On 3/BBC Introducing.

Three great gigs I’m looking forward to this summer

Image: Summer Of Love Party, Hawkhurst, Kent

Three great gigs I’m looking forward to over the next few weeks, playing with some of my favourite friends.

Here’s the first one, with my band, Groundation at the Summer Of Love Party on Friday 24 July when we’ll be bringing our afro jazz vibes to a bit of a hang in Hawkhurst in Kent! Joining me are the incomparable Nathaniel Facey, Shirley Tetteh and Moses Boyd. (Thanks to Steve @ FunkyFeet Photography for the great pic!)

Image: Gary Crosby's Groundation. Photo by Steve @ FunkyFeet Photography

 

 

Then on Saturday 25 July, I have the great pleasure of performing Coltrane’s A Love Supreme with Denys Baptiste, Rod Youngs and Joe Armon-Jones at the Hull Truck Theatre (part of the 2015 Hull Jazz Festival). I know…we only played this suite a couple of weeks ago at Southbank Centre, and we’re still buzzing from the great vibe there, but it’s an extraordinary piece of music that, without fail, gets all of us excited about playing it again.

Image: John Coltrane - A Love Supreme album cover

Then I have a couple of weeks to get my party head in gear for Jazz Jamaica‘s favourite club gig, celebrating Jamaican Independence at The Hideaway in Streatham, South London on Saturday 8 August. Always a pleasure, we have the lovely Ms Myrna Hague joining us again. Plus…we’re planning to introduce a new young vocal talent…But you have to come along if you want to find out who!

The Hideaway Flyer - Jazz Jamaica 08 Aug

Hope to see lots of you over the next few weeks!

Peace and love.

 

Jamaican Independence – come celebrate with Jazz Jamaica!

 

Come have some fun with us and celebrate Jamaican Independence on Saturday 8 August at The Hideaway in Streatham, South London on Saturday 8 August. We have the wonderful Myrna Hague as our special guest, plus there’s brilliant comedy with Felicity Ethnic!The Hideaway Flyer - Jazz Jamaica 08 Aug

 

Revisiting John Coltrane’s A LOVE SUPREME – 10 July

I’m looking forward this week to working in Quartet format again on Friday 10 July at 5.30pm when we revisit John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. I’ll be joined by my long-time friends and sparring partners, Denys Baptiste and Rod Youngs, and rising star Joe Armon-Jones.  We’re doing it in a free space, The Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre, London so lots of you can come see it! It’s an incredible piece of music that we never tire of playing. Here’s a link to my blog piece My Supreme Love Affair that I posted in January where I talk about my relationship with this great work.

Meantime, here are the details for the gig. When you’ve it, click on the flyer to be taken to the Southbank Centre website for more info. Hope to see you there!

IMAGE: Gary Crosby 4tet feat. Denys Baptiste

RIP Gertrude Goode 1919-2015

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23 June 2015:   Today we received the very sad news that our dear friend, Gertrude Goode – wife of my mentor and legendary bassist, Coleridge Goode – passed away. Cancer, and an impressive long innings, eventually took her away. 

Gertrude was a beautiful woman – elegant, refined, and in possession of a keen intellect. She was a wonderful wife and mother, and the perfect party host. Bright as a button, age and illness never seemed to dull her great sense of humour.

Gertrude was always about fairness and honesty, and had some insights into music and musicians that only comes with age, experience, knowledge and genuine interest in jazz people. She was a great supporter of Tomorrow’s Warriors, attending concerts with Coleridge whenever possible, and was always eager to hear about the young musicians coming through our programme, especially those who had performed at her delightful get-togethers at the Goode house. It was at these get-togethers that she would introduce me to several elders from the jazz community, giving me the chance to receive so much first hand information about jazz in Britain. Such occasions gave the ‘Lords Of The Lower Frequencies’ (Coleridge, Peter Ind, Dave Green and myself) an opportunity to meet and gave me the chance to play Coleridge’s fabulous bass. In fact, it was at one of Gertrude’s soirées that we ‘Lords’ hatched the plan for our debut concert in the 2013 London Jazz Festival.

One can only imagine the deep sadness Coleridge and their children, Sandy and Jim must feel at this time. We send our love and condolences to the family and to all friends of the family. Even though we all knew of course that age and illness would eventually get the better of her (though few things did in reality!), the news of her passing is still shocking and upsetting for all who knew and loved her. But what a fine innings she had, huh! I’m so glad for that.

Janine and I, and all of the young Warriors who had the pleasure and privilege of meeting, being around, talking and having fun with Gertrude, will miss this very Sophisticated Lady very much indeed. For those who didn’t, have a listen to the snippet below of Gertrude speaking about her first years in London and her marriage to Coleridge to get a sense of her warm and wonderful personality (see below).

Rest in beautiful peace, Miss Gertrude.

(Photos of Gertrude Goode © 2014 Janine Irons; photo of Coleridge and Gertrude Goode courtesy of Metal Dog Media).

 

Unbelievable, but True!

Yes, I celebrated a special birthday recently and was thrilled to have received messages from some of my friends you remembered the date!

Thanks to you all for your greetings – it’s not so bad after all…

Happy Birthday to a fellow January person – I hope I look as good as you at 60, but then you know black don’t crack! One Love, Michael.
Michael McMillan

OMG! I can’t believe you’re 60. You look and (act :) ) decades younger. Anyway I hope you have an amazing day and I look forward to celebrating with you Feb 6th. Happy Birthday Gary. Danielle x
Danielle Bayley-Hay

Hi Gary, This is primarily to wish you a Happy 60th Birthday. I bet it has crept up on you as rather a surprise. Allow me also to congratulate you on devoting the past three or four decades to opening up the world of music making for so many young people and to making such fine music yourself. Here’s to many more birthdays and lots more music. All the best. Charles
Charles Alexander

Happy Birthday Gary – we hope you have a fantastic day for your special birthday – we look forward to seeing you soon. Best wishes, Colin, Laura, Jo (& Oslo – woof woof!)
Colin Towns

Happy b-day dear Gary, all the best! Hope you can arrange it to come to Vienna in 2015 with your wonderful family! Wish you a great Party tonight. Big hug Christine!
Christine Jakl-Hussmann

Other people who celebrate birthdays on 26 January include: Anita Baker, Angela Davis, Ellen De Generes and many more!