Sat 12 July: BBC Radio 3 to broadcast Jazz Jamaica’s Glasgow Jazz Fest gig

If you couldn’t make it to our show in Glasgow at the end of June, tune in to BBC Radio 3 Jazz Line-Up at 6.00pm on Saturday 12 July. We had a great time at the Glasgow Jazz Festival and it was great to catch up with our friends north of the border. Don’t panic if […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!

SOLD OUT! Catch A Fire blows the roof off Royal Festival Hall

Unbelievable! We did it! We sold out the Royal Festival Hall with Catch A Fire on Saturday night and blew the roof off! That’s our second sold out Catch A Fire show at Southbank Centre in 9 months (we filled the Queen Elizabeth Hall last October when we were touring as part of the Lively Up! Festival). […]

Catch A Fire redux

Originally posted on thebluemoment.com:
London felt like an oven as I made my way to the South Bank to watch Gary Crosby’s augmented Jazz Jamaica celebrate the 40th anniversary of Catch A Fire last night. It reminded me of the evening of September 20, 1972, when I landed at Palisadoes Airport in Kingston, Jamaica…

Marlbank preview of Catch A Fire @ Royal Festival Hall

Just saw this very nice preview by Stephen Graham of our RFH show. Moved to the bigger Royal Festival Hall for this show on Saturday night, last autumn’s QEH show next door squeezed more than 110 people on to the stage as Jazz Jamaica All Stars, Urban Soul Orchestra and Voicelab with special guest Brinsley Forde […]