My Supreme Love Affair

Happy New Year! Let's hope it's going to be a good one, full of great music, inspiration and creativity. The year is definitely getting off to a great start for me as 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the only live performance by John Coltrane of his everlasting classic, A Love Supreme. I feel honoured to have [...]

Celebrating 100 Goode Years: Happy Birthday Coleridge

Tomorrow’s Warriors have posted a slideshow of some of the wonderful images we used for my concert last week in the Purcell Room at Southbank Centre to celebrate (a week early) the 100th birthday of one of my mentors, Coleridge Goode. We’ll be posting up some footage from the show shortly.

Send Coleridge a birthday message via the Tomorrow’s Warriors blog or, alternatively:

  • Post on Twitter with hashtags #OnceInACentury #ColeridgeGoode100
  • Like and post a comment on Facebook page Coleridge Goode 100

– we’ll be sharing your messages with Coleridge at his party on the 29th!

Last week Tomorrow’s Warriors artistic director, Gary CrosbyOBE was able to publicly share his admiration for his mentor at a special interactive concert during the London Jazz Festival.  Today, we are so very proud to celebrate the 100th birthday of the double bass jazz giant and unmatched legend, MrColeridge Goode: ‘Lord Master of the Lower Frequencies’.

Happy Birthday Coleridge! may you celebrate many more glorious years with your family and friends, and keep on inspiring future generations of jazz musicians and lovers of jazz music.

Please join us in celebrating Coleridge’s incredible talent, his influence on the jazz scene and beyond and, most of all, the pure generosity and humanity he shows to those who come after him. Send your appreciation by tweeting #OnceInACentury #ColeridgeGoode100 or commenting on Facebook.

Coleridge Goode, born 29 November 1914, Jamaica, West Indies.

Thanks to Coleridge Goode’s family for photographs and…

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David Turay (1995-2014) – A farewell concert

A tragic loss to the Tomorrow’s Warriors Family and the wider jazz community. A very individual, very distinctive approach to music and fashion, he made a real impact on those he came into contact with, even in the incredibly short time he was part of the scene.

We’re going to give David a big send off tonight with Fela Kuti’s ‘Zombie’, courtesy of Tomorrow’s Warriors protégés, Ezra Collective, and we’re sure you’ll be there in spirit blowing your horn. Peace and love, David, peace and love.

David Turay with TW-Ezra Collective

We are still all reeling from the terrible news about former Tomorrow’s Warriors/Ezra Collective alto saxophonist, David Turay who passed away, aged 19, last weekend. Though we are all tremendously sad at this time, we are united in a desire not only to mark his passing, but also to celebrate his life, his energy, and his contribution to the Warriors family.

Our thanks to Femi Koleoso and fellow Ezra Collective members for offering to dedicate their EFG London Jazz Festival performance to David, giving us all an opportunity to bid him Farewell:

Friday 21 November @ 5.30pm (£Free)
The Front Roomat Queen Elizabeth Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

As part of the performance, Ezra Collective will play the set they played with David at Ronnie Scotts back in 2012 when, as Tomorrow’s Warriors Youth Ensemble, they celebrated winning the Yamaha Jazz Experience Band Competition.

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Fri 21 Nov: Coleridge Goode at 100 – Let’s Celebrate! #EFGLJF

I'm excited to tell you about a special interactive concert I'm presenting on Friday 21 November at the Purcell Room as part of this year's EFG London Jazz Festival - Coleridge Goode: A Celebration. It's a tribute to my dear friend and mentor, the legendary Jamaican double bassist, Coleridge Goode, who celebrates his 100th birthday at the end [...]

Another sold out show for Jazz Jamaica All Stars

Photos by Kwame Lestrade except where indicated Big thanks to all of the 2,000+ fans and supporters who came to our sold out Royal Festival Hall Love Motown! show on 19 July. Once again, our fans turned up in their thousands on one of the hottest days of the year to see us pay tribute to the music from [...]

TimeOut says: DON’T MISS OUT on Jazz Jamaica All Stars’ LOVE MOTOWN!

  To book tickets, click on the image to go straight to the Southbank Centre online booking page! Don't Stop In The Name Of Love, just get your skates on and book now for this joyous musical extravaganza!

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 [...]

Arts Council renews and increases NPO investment in Tomorrow’s Warriors

Fantastic that Arts Council England has renewed and increased the funding for my organisation, Tomorrow’s Warriors for the period 2015-18. A great endorsement of our work over the past 23 years. Congratulations to all members of the team!

Arts Council NPO logo

Last week Tomorrow’s Warriors received confirmation that Arts Council England will continue and increase its investment in our organisation over the next three years as part of its prestigious National Portfolio. According to Arts Council England:

The 2015-18 National Portfolio shows our commitment to organisations that produce work of outstanding quality; that will attract wider audiences; and that will make a valuable contribution to the cultural lives of young people.

Tomorrow’s Warriors Chief Executive, Janine Irons MBE FRSA commented:

Janine Irons - CEO of Tomorrow's WarriorsNaturally, we are delighted with the news. Renewal of our status as a National Portfolio Organisation and continued funding is recognition that, over the past 23 years, Tomorrow’s Warriors has built up an excellent track record in delivering high quality services in the UK’s music and cultural sector. We are grateful to Arts Council England for acknowledging this with an 18.3% uplift in our funding.

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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 [...]

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