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…
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:
#RIP#DennieVidal Absolutely gutted to share the news about Jazz Jamaica‘s former sound engineer, #DennieVidal who passed away this morning after losing a battle with pancreatic cancer. Just cannot believe it. He was just 51 years old. Coming on top of the death of #RicoRodriguez, this is truly depressing news for all of us in Jazz Jamaica.
Don’t have a photo of him at this time – will try to root one out – but those who worked with him will be deeply upset to hear about his passing. We’re awaiting news of the funeral arrangements.
Rest in deep musical peace, Brother Dennie. You will be greatly missed. Peace and love.
It is with the deepest sadness that I share the news of the passing of my very dear friend and mentor, the Jamaican bassist, Coleridge Goode. He died at his home in West London following a heart attack at 8pm on Friday2 October.
It was my great privilege to have celebrated his 100th birthday with Coleridge and his wonderful family last November, and I’d really hoped we would be marking his 101st with him this year. Sadly this was not to be.
I’ll write in more detail soon, but just wanted to share this very sad news with friends and fans of Coleridge.
My heartfelt condolences go to Coleridge’s children – daughter, Sandy and son, James. And coming not so long after the passing of Coleridge’s beautiful wife, Gertrude (23 June 2015) makes this all the more sad.
If you’d like to leave a message of condolence, please feel free to do so here under ‘Comments’ or you can use the Coleridge Goode Facebook Page set up for his 100th birthday – I’ll be passing on any messages to Coleridge’s family directly.
Rest in sweet musical peace my dear, dear friend, Coleridge. We are all going to miss you.
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.
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 to get a seat and catch the whole thing from start to finish. You won’t be disappointed (especially as it’s just a fiver, yes, £5 admission!).