When Bootleg = Good News

After a great gig last weekend at Jazz Cafe – the place where my group, Jazz Jamaica was born – as part of the London International Ska Festival, I’m heading off to Leicester with my quartet on Saturday, 26 April to mark 50 Years of John Coltrane’s superb recording:  A Love Supreme. We’ll be performing as part …

Keisher Downie features with Jazz Jamaica in London Ska Festival – 19 April

April is fast approaching and I’m really looking forward to working again with vocalist, Keisher Downie. She’s only done a couple of Jazz Jamaica gigs with us so far (including our Royal Festival Hall Catch A Fire show last year), so you may not have seen her with us yet, but she’s a wonderful singer whose voice …

Jazz Jamaica to play London International Ska Festival 2014

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!

REVIEW: Gary Crosby’s Groundation at Arena Theatre

Originally posted on thejazzbreakfast:
Gary Crosby’s Groundation at the Arena Theatre (Photo © John Watson/jazzcamera.co.uk) Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton UK 14-02-2014 Review and photograph by John Watson  Bassist Gary Crosby has long been a key figure on the scene, and he has the knack of creating some exceptional musical surprises. As the boss of Dune Music, as…

Getting ready for some Groundation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MfuAwASc5A 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 …

Roll on Brother Ronny Jordan. RIP (1962-2014)

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 …

Jazz Jamaica: Christmas at The Hideaway – 22 Dec

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 …

RIP ‘Stan The Man” (1926-2013)

It’s sad news again this month. The great pianist and prolific composer, Stan Tracey CBE  – a ‘Saaaaf London’ icon who, as resident pianist at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in the sixties, played with most of the jazz greats – died last Friday, 6 December after losing his battle with cancer. Any musician interested in using music to …