Roll on Brother Ronny Jordan. RIP (1962-2014)

It's so very sad to hear of the death of Brother Ronny Jordan.  Ronny was a polite, chilled, likeable guy. Although I was asked, we never got around to playing a formal gig together, just a couple of jam sessions. He knew of my uncle, Ernest Ranglin so we always had something to talk about. We even spoke …

Jazz Jamaica: Christmas at The Hideaway – 22 Dec

All of us in Jazz Jamaica are looking forward to heading saaaaf for our Christmas Party at our 'home from home', The Hideaway in Streatham later this month (Sunday 22 December). We always have great fun there and it's a brilliant way to start winding down for the Christmas and New Year break. Looking down …

RIP Madiba

TOMORROW'S WARRIORS

RIP Nelson Mandela (Courtesy of Nelson Mandela Foundation)

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.
Nelson Mandela

Individually and collectively, we are heartbroken at your passing, but rejoice in your life, your leadership, your truth, and your inspiration. Most of all we rejoice in your love. You are a true Warrior. Thank you, Madiba. May you rest in beautiful peace.

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RIP ‘Stan The Man” (1926-2013)

It's sad news again this month. The great pianist and prolific composer, Stan Tracey CBE  - a 'Saaaaf London' icon who, as resident pianist at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in the sixties, played with most of the jazz greats - died last Friday, 6 December after losing his battle with cancer. Any musician interested in using music to …

RIP Ken Gordon (1927-2013)

A sad week in which we heard of the passing of Ken Gordon last Saturday (2 Nov). Such a pity. He was a wonderful individual and a rich source of information on jazz in London in the 1950s and 60s, always generous with his time and knowledge. I enjoyed many hours listening and talking to him …

Exclusive teaser from Now Is The Time… Let Freedom Ring!

Have to say, Denys has done it again. It’s another great piece of music from him, and Lemn is at his best, on fire in fact. Very proud to be part of it, and very proud of Denys.

Lively Up! Festival

Watch exclusive clips of poet Lemn Sissay’s ‘Civilize You’ and live music from Denys Baptiste’s touring jazz performance Now Is The Time…Let Freedom Ring! in SOUTHAMPTON Friday 25th, then coming to London 26th and to Harrow in November!

Click HERE for festival dates.

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Now Is The Time to be back on the road with Denys Baptiste

Enjoying being back on the road with my good friend, Denys Baptiste for his new Now Is The Time...Let Freedom Ring! project paying tribute to Dr Martin Luther King Jr as part of our 2013 Lively Up! Festival.  Great music as ever, and great to be part of this incredible band. Check out the tour dates on the Festival/Denys' …

Peter Ind’s 85th Birthday Party – Ronnie Scotts – 28 July

Really looking forward to tomorrow lunchtime (28 July). Along with a few others (Pete King, Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll and David Preston) I'll be playing with my bass teacher, mentor and long-time friend, Peter Ind at Ronnie Scotts in celebration of his 85th Birthday. Going to be a wonderful, chilled out party. Hoping to catch …

SOLD OUT! Catch A Fire blows the roof off Royal Festival Hall

Unbelievable! We did it! We sold out the Royal Festival Hall with Catch A Fire on Saturday night and blew the roof off! That's our second sold out Catch A Fire show at Southbank Centre in 9 months (we filled the Queen Elizabeth Hall last October when we were touring as part of the Lively Up! Festival). …

Catch A Fire redux

A very nice piece from our long-time friend and supporter, Richard Williams. Many thanks, Richard!

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Catch A FireLondon felt like an oven as I made my way to the South Bank to watch Gary Crosby’s augmented Jazz Jamaica celebrate the 40th anniversary of Catch A Fire last night. It reminded me of the evening of September 20, 1972, when I landed at Palisadoes Airport in Kingston, Jamaica and experienced Caribbean heat for the first time, about to discover the way it transports you into a different reality.

Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records, whom I had not met before, picked me up at the terminal in a Mini Moke, which also contained the American photographer Lynn Goldsmith. We drove along the Palisadoes, the long spit of land than encloses Kingston Harbour, to Port Royal, the old pirate headquarters — or what was left of it by the earthquakes of 1692 and 1907. It was quiet, and it was hot, and we got out of the Moke…

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