Groundation is the name of my new small band. It’s a kind of ‘group discussion’ between some of my musical friends and me. Each of us has a contribution to make to this discussion, to this creative conversation, and can choose to ‘say’ as much or as little as we feel.
It’s progressive jazz with some Afrobeat accents interspersed with thoughtful ballads.
Joining me in Groundation are the award-winning hornsman, Nathaniel Facey (alto sax), and rising stars Shirley Tetteh (guitar) and Moses Boyd (drums), all of whom have developed through our Tomorrow’s Warriors programme.
We’ve had some very nice reviews…
We also have a special project, Sing Freedom! that came about through a project I was asked to devise in association with Sheffield University Concert Department for a concert performance at a convention exploring the role of music in the American Civil Rights Movement. For the Sing Freedom! set we invite the soulful young vocalist, Cherise Adams-Burnett to join us in revisiting the path to freedom with new jazz arrangements of slavery songs from the 18th and 19th centuries through to the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement.