Support Nérija’s campaign – support women in jazz

Nerija-women in jazz

As you know, pushing the agenda for #womeninjazz has long been a thing for me and is why we established the Tomorrow’s Warriors Female Collective. In fact, Nérija hail from the first cohort of the Female Collective and are living proof that our efforts to change the way female musicians are perceived and increase their opportunities are having an effect, as they are now beginning to receive the attention they deserve. If you give people time, space and resources to grow, they can break through, and these women definitely are.

So, I’m asking fans of Jazz Jamaica, Groundation and Tomorrow’s Warriors to support these young women taking the initiative to kickstart their professional careers with the recording of their debut EP. They are trailbazers, and they need your support. Please get behind them!

Support Nérija’s kickstarter campaign

Peace and love.

Help change the narrative around women in jazz. Support Nérija’s Kickstarter campaign!

Source: Support Nérija’s campaign

The Jazz Salon – live music and chat at Ray’s Jazz at Foyles

The Jazz Salon opens 26 Feb

I’m very excited to be launching my new session, The Jazz Salon. I’ve been mulling it over for a while now but, finally, it’s happening thanks to the wonderful team at Tomorrow’s Warriors and Ray’s Jazz.

The Jazz Salon is hosted by my friend, journalist and broadcaster, Kevin Le Gendre who will have a conversation with our guests to get their insight into the cultural reverberations of jazz of particular interest to the individuals: Health & Wellbeing (26 Feb),Food (25 Mar), Spoken Word (29 Apr), Dance, Art (27 May), and Dance (24 Jun). Guests include jazz trumpeter and yoga aficionado Yazz AhmKevin Le Gendre, Gary Crosbyed, broadcaster and Jazz FM presenter Helen Mayhew, poet/DJ Charlie Dark (in association with Apples & Snakes), vinyl specialists Gearbox Records, and dancer/choreographer Sean Graham. I’ll be leading the Jazz Salon House Band featuring emerging talent from my Tomorrow’s Warriors cohort, and we’ll be picking up the conversation where it’s left off by playing a selection of related jazz repertoire. Tomorrow’s Warriors Youth Orchestra will be making a special appearance in March to recreate the sounds of Duke Ellington’s Cotton Club.

Keep in touch and follow us to see our recommended listening and reading lists for our salon sessions!

Twitter:          @TheJazzSalon     
Facebook:     therealjazzsalon

Find out more about it here

VENUE: The Auditorium, Foyles Bookshop, 107 Charing Cross Road, London WC2
T: 020 7440 3205, Rays Jazz at Foyles, Admission: £5.00

Download a flyer for the full series here

YAY! The Tomorrow’s Warriors Jazz Jam is back @RichMixLondon

Come out next Saturday at 1pm-4pm and join us for our new jam session! Lots of excellent young musicians in the house at RichMix! Check it out…

Source: YAY! The Tomorrow’s Warriors Jazz Jam is back @RichMixLondon

Tickets: Jazz Jamaica Xmas At The Hideaway 2015

Jazz JamaicaOh nooooooooooo!!! We have bad news…at least it’s bad news if you don’t already have a ticket…our Jazz Jamaica Christmas Party on Saturday 12 December at our favourite club, The Hideaway in Streatham is completely SOLD OUT!!!! They can’t even squeeze a sneeze into the building, never mind another human being as the gig is RAM, CHOKKA, FULL UP, PROPER SOLD OUT!!! Which is a shame because it means loads of people will miss our very special guest…the legendary Winston ‘Mr Fix It’ Francis!

So, sadly, unless you’re planning to be in Mexico this weekend, you’ve missed your chance to catch us this side of 2015. But, if you do just happen to be in Guadalajara on 6 December, you can catch us there, closing the 9 day Guadalajara International Book Festival – a cultural festival in which the UK is the Guest of Honour in 2015, and which brings to a close a year-long celebration of cultural, educational and business exchanges between the UK and Mexico. #UKMX2015

For those who did manage to get tickets to our Christmas Party, we’re all looking forward to a great gig (as always at The Hideaway!) and to helping you skank your way into the festive holiday season.

One love!

Gary Crosby’s GROUNDATION – The Verdict: ‘explosive’!

Gary Crosby's Groundation

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!

GARY CROSBY’S GROUNDATION LAY NEW MUSICAL FOUNDATIONS AT THE VERDICT

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.

Dennie Vidal Funeral – 4 November

Dennie Vidal (r) and Ray Carless (l)

Sound engineer Dennie Vidal (r) with saxophonist, Ray Carless (l) [courtesy of John Henry’s]

Sharing details of the funeral of Jazz Jamaica’s former sound engineer, our brother in sound: Dennie Vidal. Still cannot believe he’s gone. One of the good guys.

11.00am on Wednesday 4 November

Our Lady of Good Counsel
Presbytery
Bouverie Road
Stoke Newington
London N16 0AJ

T: 020 8800 5250

The hearse will arrive at 28 Harcombe Road StokeNewington London
N16 0SA at 10.30, and make its way to the Church for 11.00am

Then a gathering to celebrate the life of Dennie Vidal will take place at around 2.00pm at

WaterWorks Centre
Lammas Road
(Off the Lea Bridge Road)
Leyton
E10 7QB

The family do not want flowers but instead would like a small donation for St Joseph Hospice. A collection will take place at the venue.

See you there.

Also check out the nice tribute from the guys at John Henry’s 

Coleridge Goode – Funeral and Celebration of Life – 6 Nov

©Sisi Burn - Coleridge Goode

Coleridge Goode (Photo: © Sisi Burn)

James and Sandy Goode invite friends and fans of Coleridge to join them in celebrating their father’s long and fulfilling life.

100 and out. A life well lived.

See below for details of the service.

A service to give thanks for the life of Coleridge Goode
Time and date:  Friday 6th November, 3.45pm
Location:           West London Crematorium (West Chapel)
                          Kensal Green Cemetery
                          Harrow Rd
                          W10 4RA
                          Tel: 020 8969 0152
Directions:         The closest entrance to the crematorium is the Top or West Gate, a few minutes walk from Kensal Green Station.
                          http://www.kensalgreen.co.uk/documents/KG_plan.pdf
After the service, from approx. 4.30pm, threre’ll be a gathering of friends at the William IV pub on Harrow Rd, just across the street from the cemetery. All who knew Cole personally are warmly invited to attend. To make sure we arrange sufficient food and drink for all who’d like to come, please RSVP as soon as possible to Sandy Goode:
Email:  sandygoode at msn dot com
Mobile:  07944 285905
Directions:         William IV Pub Map