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!
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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…
It was with deep and sincere sadness, and complete shock, that we learned of the untimely passing of our good friend, Mat Fox, Musical Director of Kinetika Bloco on 7 February. Mat was a true Warrior, a real, honest to goodness, grass roots worker. Using his role as a teacher in South London schools, and as leader of his…
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead. — Nelson Mandela Individually and collectively, we are heartbroken at your passing, but rejoice in your life, your leadership, your…
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 […]
A sad week in which we heard of the passing of Ken Gordon last Saturday (2 Nov). Such a pity. He was a wonderful individual and a rich source of information on jazz in London in the 1950s and 60s, always generous with his time and knowledge. I enjoyed many hours listening and talking to him […]
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Watch exclusive clips of poet Lemn Sissay’s ‘Civilize You’ and live music from Denys Baptiste’s touring jazz performance Now Is The Time…Let Freedom Ring! in SOUTHAMPTON Friday 25th, then coming to London 26th and to Harrow in November! Click HERE for festival dates.