Gary Crosby presents the sensational Jazz Jamaica All Stars with special guests Brinsley Forde (Aswad), Noel McKoy and rising vocal stars, Dem Three. THE TROJAN STORY is a spectacular live concert chronicling 50 years of the legendary label and artists of Trojan Records. There will be three performances – on Thursday 20 September, Royal Festival Hall; Saturday 29 September, Brighton Dome and Saturday 17 November, Hull City Hall (part of the Hull Jazz Festival).
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Gary Crosby has hand-picked established and rising stars to perform with the legends of Reggae and Soul – Forde and McKoy. The esteemed line-up features award-winning saxophonists Denys Baptiste and Camilla George, trumpeter Mark Kavuma, with Shirley Tetteh on guitar. They will be joined by members of the hip jazz strings quartet – Tomorrow’s Warriors StringTing. This is an exciting opportunity to also see the next generation of stars in the making – Cherise Adams-Burnett, Kianja Harvey-Elliott and Cara Crosby-Irons, collectively known as Dem 3.
Jazz Jamaica All Stars will also be joined in each city by local choirs led by inspirational gospel choir leader, Mark de Lisser from BBC1’s The Voice. He was also the gospel choir music arranger for this year’s Royal Wedding.
THE TROJAN STORY will feature many of the best-loved anthems from the label over the past 50 years, including Desmond Dekker’s hit Israelites, Eric Donaldson’s classic Red Red Wine and Harry J All Stars’ The Liquidator, specially arranged by Jason Yarde.
The Trojan Story pays homage to the pioneering record label. Established in 1968, the London-based company was the first to distribute the music of Jamaica on a grand scale, becoming for many in the UK the first point of contact with Jamaican music and culture. From the beginning Trojan encouraged people to celebrate and unite through music, breaking down barriers and promoting inclusivity.
Thursday 20 September, Royal Festival Hall, London, Box office: 020 3879 9555
Saturday 29 September, Brighton Dome, Box office: 01273 709709
Saturday 17 November, Hull City Hall, Box office: 01482 300306