Fri 21 Nov: Coleridge Goode at 100 – Let’s Celebrate! #EFGLJF

I’m excited to tell you about a special interactive concert I’m presenting on Friday 21 November at the Purcell Room as part of this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival – Coleridge Goode: A Celebration. It’s a tribute to my dear friend and mentor, the legendary Jamaican double bassist, Coleridge Goode, who celebrates his 100th birthday at the end […]

Another sold out show for Jazz Jamaica All Stars

Photos by Kwame Lestrade except where indicated Big thanks to all of the 2,000+ fans and supporters who came to our sold out Royal Festival Hall Love Motown! show on 19 July. Once again, our fans turned up in their thousands on one of the hottest days of the year to see us pay tribute to the music from […]

TimeOut says: DON’T MISS OUT on Jazz Jamaica All Stars’ LOVE MOTOWN!

  To book tickets, click on the image to go straight to the Southbank Centre online booking page! Don’t Stop In The Name Of Love, just get your skates on and book now for this joyous musical extravaganza!

Sat 12 July: BBC Radio 3 to broadcast Jazz Jamaica’s Glasgow Jazz Fest gig

If you couldn’t make it to our show in Glasgow at the end of June, tune in to BBC Radio 3 Jazz Line-Up at 6.00pm on Saturday 12 July. We had a great time at the Glasgow Jazz Festival and it was great to catch up with our friends north of the border. Don’t panic if […]

Arts Council renews and increases NPO investment in Tomorrow’s Warriors

Last week Tomorrow’s Warriors received confirmation that Arts Council England will continue and increase its investment in our organisation over the next three years as part of its prestigious National Portfolio. According to Arts Council England: The 2015-18 National Portfolio shows our commitment to organisations that produce work of outstanding quality; that will attract wider audiences;…

Nation’s Favourite Motown Song

Did you see the Nation’s Favourite Motown Song on ITV on Sunday night? It was great! I’d forgotten how expansive the catalogue actually is and, in particular, how many great intros they created (with some equally great bass lines!). Seriously, the Motown Hit Factory had some of the most extraordinary songwriting talent in their midst. That their music endures – […]

28 June – GLASGOW Jazz Festival/BBC Radio 3 for Jazz Jamaica + Myrna Hague

Great rehearsal earlier this week with my fellow Jazz Jamaicans and we’re looking forward to a fantastic gig with our special guest, Myrna Hague – Jamaica’s First Lady of Jazz, original Studio One vocalist and pioneer of Lovers Rock. Check out her Studio One hit, What About Me (below). Chuuuuuune! Come hear Myrna sing this, and more, live and direct with us […]

Like ‘Catch A Fire’? Then you’re gonna ‘LOVE MOTOWN!’

Big news! I’m bringing Jazz Jamaica All Stars back to the Royal Festival Hall, London this summer for another great gig: Love Motown!  We’re revisiting the Motown project I did as an album project with the 10-piece Jazz Jamaica back in 2005 (Motorcity Roots, Dune Records DUNECD012), but super-sizing the band like we did last time we were at the RFH. We’re also coming […]

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 […]