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.
A great review from Jazzwise (see below), but just wanted to say I had a fantastic time in Brighton last Friday playing at The Verdict Jazz Club with Groundation (Nathaniel Facey, Shirley Tetteh and Moses ‘Mobo’ Boyd). It was our privilege to be launching a brand new programme of jazz curated by the guys at New Generation Jazz. The Verdict is a lovely little venue, and what the it lacks in size was made up by the enthusiasm of our sold out audience!
Earlier in the day Nat and I led a workshop at BIMM where we came across a number of very talented young musicians. Maybe we’ll see some of them at Tomorrow’s Warriors…
Peace and love to Jack Kendon and Co at New Generation Jazz for organising it all. And best of luck to you guys for the rest of the series. We look forward to coming back sometime – it’s a great gig.
Meantime, here’s that great review I mentioned from our friends at Jazzwise Magazine – thanks guys!
In the practice of Rastafari, a Grounation is a musical and motivational meeting-up of the community – part prayer meeting, part drumming circle, part mentoring session, it’s the means by which the core values of the group are re-examined and reinvigorated, and its traditions upheld and passed down. Gary Crosby’s Groundation is happening in Brighton tonight…for an evening of exploration, affirmation and conversation.
What follows is an explosive, wide-ranging four-way exposition on the state of jazz today, (and the shape of jazz to come). Read on…
Photos courtesy of New Generation Jazz.
Great gig with my band, Groundation last night at Watermill Jazz Club. Thanks to all who came out to support, and to Kathryn Shackleton and the team for inviting us to play there. Really sorry we couldn’t bring Nathaniel Facey with us this time but, unfortunately, he had to ‘throw a sickie’ due to injuring his hand. Naturally, all the band wish him the speediest recovery – I know how frustrated he feels being taken down through injury – but we give thanks and props to Binker Golding for stepping in at the last minute to ensure we could still put on a great gig for our wonderful audience in Dorking.
Binker, Shirley, Moses…peace, love and thanks!
Three great gigs I’m looking forward to over the next few weeks, playing with some of my favourite friends.
Here’s the first one, with my band, Groundation at the Summer Of Love Party on Friday 24 July when we’ll be bringing our afro jazz vibes to a bit of a hang in Hawkhurst in Kent! Joining me are the incomparable Nathaniel Facey, Shirley Tetteh and Moses Boyd. (Thanks to Steve @ FunkyFeet Photography for the great pic!)
Then on Saturday 25 July, I have the great pleasure of performing Coltrane’s A Love Supreme with Denys Baptiste, Rod Youngs and Joe Armon-Jones at the Hull Truck Theatre (part of the 2015 Hull Jazz Festival). I know…we only played this suite a couple of weeks ago at Southbank Centre, and we’re still buzzing from the great vibe there, but it’s an extraordinary piece of music that, without fail, gets all of us excited about playing it again.
Then I have a couple of weeks to get my party head in gear for Jazz Jamaica‘s favourite club gig, celebrating Jamaican Independence at The Hideaway in Streatham, South London on Saturday 8 August. Always a pleasure, we have the lovely Ms Myrna Hague joining us again. Plus…we’re planning to introduce a new young vocal talent…But you have to come along if you want to find out who!
Hope to see lots of you over the next few weeks!
Peace and love.
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 themselves and there’s a nice chilled vibe amongst us.
A few gigs coming up:
Fri 31 Jan | SHEFFIELD – Millennium Hall
Sun 02 Feb | SOUTHAMPTON – The Bent Brief
Fri 14 Feb | WOLVERHAMPTON – Arena Theatre
Hope to see lots of new and familiar faces…