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 […]

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!

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 […]