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 [...]
Very happy to be playing with Denys (Baptiste), Rod (Youngs) and Joe (Armon-Jones) tonight (Fri 25 Sep, 6.30pm-7.30pm) in the Auditorium at Foyles. We're performing one of my favourite albums, the meditative Coltrane classic: Crescent - precursor to A Love Supreme - and you can be sure we'll be giving it everything we've got. It's just a one-hour set so come early [...]
Very sad about the passing of fellow musician and mentor, the great Jamaican trombonist, Rico Rodriguez. An alumnus of the famed Alpha School for Boys in Kingston, JA, Rico was one of the original members of my band, Jazz Jamaica back in the '90s, his distinctive sound enhancing the authenticity of the music and helping me launch Jazz [...]
Plenty fun had by all at Jazz Jamaica's Jamaican Independence Party at The Hideaway in Streatham on Saturday. Love and respect to our special guest, Myrna Hague from Jamaica and to Chicago bluesman, my friend Fernando Jones. I'm always happy to be back at this club. It's like a home from home, even if it is on the opposite side [...]
The young musicians of Nérija make me so proud. Feels very special to see them grow up through our Tomorrow's Warriors Young Artist Development Programme, and then see them playing at major festivals, and on the BBC! Your hard work is paying off, ladies. Keep rising! Peace and love. 10 Aug: Tune in to Nérija on Jazz On 3/BBC Introducing.
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 [...]
Come have some fun with us and celebrate Jamaican Independence on Saturday 8 August at The Hideaway in Streatham, South London on Saturday 8 August. We have the wonderful Myrna Hague as our special guest, plus there's brilliant comedy with Felicity Ethnic!
I'm looking forward this week to working in Quartet format again on Friday 10 July at 5.30pm when we revisit John Coltrane's A Love Supreme. I'll be joined by my long-time friends and sparring partners, Denys Baptiste and Rod Youngs, and rising star Joe Armon-Jones. We're doing it in a free space, The Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall at the [...]
23 June 2015: Today we received the very sad news that our dear friend, Gertrude Goode - wife of my mentor and legendary bassist, Coleridge Goode - passed away. Cancer, and an impressive long innings, eventually took her away. Gertrude was a beautiful woman - elegant, refined, and in possession of a keen intellect. She was a wonderful wife and mother, [...]
Yes, I celebrated a special birthday recently and was thrilled to have received messages from some of my friends you remembered the date! Thanks to you all for your greetings - it's not so bad after all... Happy Birthday to a fellow January person - I hope I look as good as you at 60, [...]