Fri 23.12.16 Deck the halls + let’s get this party started!

Jazz Jamaica Christmas Cracker

Can you believe another year has passed? 2016 has flown by, even faster than 2015. It certainly feels like we started the new year and, in the blink of an eye, I’ve landed in December. Still, the good thing about this final month of the year is that the office shuts down for a couple of weeks, everyone on the team gets a decent break, and Janine and I get to spend time with family and friends.

But, before we turn off the lights on another great year, there’s just one more thing for Jazz Jamaica to do.

Deck the halls with boughs of holly…fa la la la…chink…chink…chink…

T’is the season to be jolly…fa la la la…chink…chink…chink…braaapapapp!

Never min’ all dat! Put on your dancin’ shoes, go get your frien’ dem, and get down to The Hideaway in Streatham on Friday 23 December for one of our favourite gigs of the year: The Jazz Jamaica Christmas CrackerPure, unadulterated ‘phun’!

Book early if you want to dine at the club – the tables get booked up ultra FAST – and reserve tickets for you and your party of friends as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.  See you there!

Book tickets - Jazz In The Round Special

 

 

EFG London Jazz Festival with Steve Williamson and Tomorrow’s Warriors

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This festival I’m looking forward to playing a rare gig with my long-time friend, the unique and highly distinctive saxophonist, Steve Williamson as part of a Tomorrow’s Warriors Takeover at The Cockpit, London. We’re being hosted by JazzFM presenter, Jez Nelson – also a great friend – who has put on an extra date in his Jazz In The Round season to mark almost 25 years of Tomorrow’s Warriors, the programme I founded all those years ago with my partner, Janine. Also on the bill are Tomorrow’s Warriors String Ting (a young string quartet I’m supporting) and the Tomorrow’s Warriors Youth Orchestra conducted by Binker Golding.

I did an interview with Jez for his programme, Somethin’ Else broadcast on JazzFM on Saturday 13 November. We talked about some of the great jazz musicians that have graduated from the Tomorrow’s Warriors programme and, of course, my forthcoming set with Steve. Have to say, I was surprised, actually very humbled, to be described by Jez earlier in the show as ‘one of the most important people on the British jazz scene ever’! Hmmmm, anyway, he played some tracks from back in the day by several of the Tomorrow’s Warriors alumni, all of which still sound great today.

If you missed the interview, you can ‘listen again’ here – the interview kicks off at 0:55:25 with Jez  playing Gorée Island, a piece I wrote for my band, Nu Troop on the album, Migrations (DUNECD01)…lots of fond memories working with a great bunch of musicians. Must root out the CD and give it another spin!

You can catch Steve and me, and lots of musicians from the Tomorrow’s Warriors community at The Cockpit on Saturday 19 November at 8pm. Hope you can make it, and enjoy the rest of the festival!

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LIVE: Coltrane’s gift to humanity ‘A Love Supreme’

Image: John Coltrane - A Love Supreme album coverAwesome gig the other day (21 Oct) at The Ivy Arts Centre at University of Surrey in Guildford playing Coltrane’s great gift to humanity, A Love Supreme with my long time spar and ALS exemplar, Denys Baptiste (tenor sax), and the stunning Benet McLean (piano) and Eddie Hick. Such a privilege to play this deeply spiritual music with such fine musicians. 

Thankfully, the lovely people at the BBC recorded the gig so, if you missed the live show, you can still catch the full set here on the BBC iPlayer.

BBC Radio 3 Jazz Now - Gary Crosby Quartet

 

Tomorrow’s Warriors awarded Arts Council Catalyst Evolve grant that could double your donations! — Tomorrow’s Warriors

This is fantastic news as it will  help increase the funds coming into our registered charity, Tomorrow’s Warriors Trust to support our ongoing work with all the fantastically talented young jazz musicians coming through our Young Artist Development Programme. So please keep an eye out for news of how you can support this important work.

We are delighted to announce the success of our application for a Catalyst: Evolve grant from Arts Council England (Thank you ACE!). The programme is designed to help arts organisations like Tomorrow’s Warriors to grow by enabling us to develop our capacity to raise money from private donors. Over the past few months, we have been […]

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Tomorrow’s Warriors launches new partnership with Jazz House Kids — Tomorrow’s Warriors

Mad pleased about this. Feels very organic as Jazz House Kids are so similar to Tomorrow’s Warriors and, like Janine and me, it’s a husband and wife tag team, except…it’s Christian McBride and Melissa Walker!

Also a very good opportunity for our young people on scholarship with JHK. Check them out.

Much excitement at TWHQ as four young people from the Tomorrow’s Warriors Young Artist Development Programme just landed in…New Jersey! All four have been awarded scholarships to participate in the Jazz House Kids Summer Workshop at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey from 1-12 August. The workshop culminates with student performances at the town’s largest single-day […]

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Support Nérija’s campaign – support women in jazz

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As you know, pushing the agenda for #womeninjazz has long been a thing for me and is why we established the Tomorrow’s Warriors Female Collective. In fact, Nérija hail from the first cohort of the Female Collective and are living proof that our efforts to change the way female musicians are perceived and increase their opportunities are having an effect, as they are now beginning to receive the attention they deserve. If you give people time, space and resources to grow, they can break through, and these women definitely are.

So, I’m asking fans of Jazz Jamaica, Groundation and Tomorrow’s Warriors to support these young women taking the initiative to kickstart their professional careers with the recording of their debut EP. They are trailbazers, and they need your support. Please get behind them!

Support Nérija’s kickstarter campaign

Peace and love.

Help change the narrative around women in jazz. Support Nérija’s Kickstarter campaign!

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The Jazz Salon – live music and chat at Ray’s Jazz at Foyles

The Jazz Salon opens 26 Feb

I’m very excited to be launching my new session, The Jazz Salon. I’ve been mulling it over for a while now but, finally, it’s happening thanks to the wonderful team at Tomorrow’s Warriors and Ray’s Jazz.

The Jazz Salon is hosted by my friend, journalist and broadcaster, Kevin Le Gendre who will have a conversation with our guests to get their insight into the cultural reverberations of jazz of particular interest to the individuals: Health & Wellbeing (26 Feb),Food (25 Mar), Spoken Word (29 Apr), Dance, Art (27 May), and Dance (24 Jun). Guests include jazz trumpeter and yoga aficionado Yazz AhmKevin Le Gendre, Gary Crosbyed, broadcaster and Jazz FM presenter Helen Mayhew, poet/DJ Charlie Dark (in association with Apples & Snakes), vinyl specialists Gearbox Records, and dancer/choreographer Sean Graham. I’ll be leading the Jazz Salon House Band featuring emerging talent from my Tomorrow’s Warriors cohort, and we’ll be picking up the conversation where it’s left off by playing a selection of related jazz repertoire. Tomorrow’s Warriors Youth Orchestra will be making a special appearance in March to recreate the sounds of Duke Ellington’s Cotton Club.

Keep in touch and follow us to see our recommended listening and reading lists for our salon sessions!

Twitter:          @TheJazzSalon     
Facebook:     therealjazzsalon

Find out more about it here

VENUE: The Auditorium, Foyles Bookshop, 107 Charing Cross Road, London WC2
T: 020 7440 3205, Rays Jazz at Foyles, Admission: £5.00

Download a flyer for the full series here