The British Association of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) has bestowed high honours on Gary Crosby with one of its Gold Badge Awards.
Can you believe another year has passed? 2016 has flown by, even faster than 2015. It certainly feels like we started the new year and, in the blink of an eye, I’ve landed in December. Still, the good thing about this final month of the year is that the office shuts down for a couple of weeks, everyone on the team gets a decent break, and Janine and I get to spend time with family and friends.
But, before we turn off the lights on another great year, there’s just one more thing for Jazz Jamaica to do.
Deck the halls with boughs of holly…fa la la la…chink…chink…chink…
T’is the season to be jolly…fa la la la…chink…chink…chink…braaapapapp!
Never min’ all dat! Put on your dancin’ shoes, go get your frien’ dem, and get down to The Hideaway in Streatham on Friday 23 December for one of our favourite gigs of the year: The Jazz Jamaica Christmas Cracker. Pure, unadulterated ‘phun’!
Book early if you want to dine at the club – the tables get booked up ultra FAST – and reserve tickets for you and your party of friends as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. See you there!
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 Ahmed, 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!
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
After working in Denys Baptiste’s 14-piece band on his powerful Now Is The Time…Let Freedom Ring! project, I’m taking some time out to work with my own comparatively small band, Groundation with the wonderful Nathaniel Facey (alto sax), Shirley Tetteh (guitar) and Moses Boyd (drums). I love this band! Everyone has a chance to express themselves and there’s a nice chilled vibe amongst us.
A few gigs coming up:
Fri 31 Jan | SHEFFIELD – Millennium Hall
Sun 02 Feb | SOUTHAMPTON – The Bent Brief
Fri 14 Feb | WOLVERHAMPTON – Arena Theatre
Hope to see lots of new and familiar faces…