Jazz Jamaica All Stars: The Trojan Story

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.

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Gary, Brinsley and Noel going through the vaults. Photo: Steven Cropper

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.

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BUY TICKETS:

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 HallBox office: 01482 300306

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GARY CROSBY ON THE WAY TO RECOVERY FOLLOWING A STROKE ON MONDAY 29 JANUARY —

Gary Crosby OBE, Artistic Director of Tomorrow’s Warriors and Jazz Jamaica suffered a stroke on Monday 29 January 2018 just a few days after celebrating his birthday with family and friends.

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Gary Crosby, Tomorrow’s Warriors + alumni shortlisted for six Parliamentary Jazz Awards! —

WOW! Tomorrow’s Warriors and loads of our TW Family shortlisted for 6 of the 2017 Parliamentary Jazz Awards! #proud

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Music Industry honours for Gary Crosby

Gary Crosby OBE - BASCA Gold Badge AwardsThe British Association of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) has bestowed high honours on Gary Crosby with one of its Gold Badge Awards.

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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!

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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.

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