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 …

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

Originally posted on 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…

There’ll be Dancing In The Street…and so much more!

Remember the Motorcity Roots album by the 10-piece version of Jazz Jamaica? Well, for our new Love Motown! project  – Saturday 19 July at Royal Festival Hall, London – we’re upscaling the band to more than three times this size with 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxophones; plus 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos from Urban Soul …

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 …

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 …

RIP Ken Gordon (1927-2013)

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 …

Now Is The Time to be back on the road with Denys Baptiste

Enjoying being back on the road with my good friend, Denys Baptiste for his new Now Is The Time…Let Freedom Ring! project paying tribute to Dr Martin Luther King Jr as part of our 2013 Lively Up! Festival.  Great music as ever, and great to be part of this incredible band. Check out the tour dates on the Festival/Denys’ …