Fri 23.12.16 Deck the halls + let’s get this party started!

Jazz Jamaica Christmas Cracker

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 CrackerPure, 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!

Book tickets - Jazz In The Round Special

 

 

Tickets: Jazz Jamaica Xmas At The Hideaway 2015

Jazz JamaicaOh nooooooooooo!!! We have bad news…at least it’s bad news if you don’t already have a ticket…our Jazz Jamaica Christmas Party on Saturday 12 December at our favourite club, The Hideaway in Streatham is completely SOLD OUT!!!! They can’t even squeeze a sneeze into the building, never mind another human being as the gig is RAM, CHOKKA, FULL UP, PROPER SOLD OUT!!! Which is a shame because it means loads of people will miss our very special guest…the legendary Winston ‘Mr Fix It’ Francis!

So, sadly, unless you’re planning to be in Mexico this weekend, you’ve missed your chance to catch us this side of 2015. But, if you do just happen to be in Guadalajara on 6 December, you can catch us there, closing the 9 day Guadalajara International Book Festival – a cultural festival in which the UK is the Guest of Honour in 2015, and which brings to a close a year-long celebration of cultural, educational and business exchanges between the UK and Mexico. #UKMX2015

For those who did manage to get tickets to our Christmas Party, we’re all looking forward to a great gig (as always at The Hideaway!) and to helping you skank your way into the festive holiday season.

One love!

Dennie Vidal Funeral – 4 November

Dennie Vidal (r) and Ray Carless (l)

Sound engineer Dennie Vidal (r) with saxophonist, Ray Carless (l) [courtesy of John Henry’s]

Sharing details of the funeral of Jazz Jamaica’s former sound engineer, our brother in sound: Dennie Vidal. Still cannot believe he’s gone. One of the good guys.

11.00am on Wednesday 4 November

Our Lady of Good Counsel
Presbytery
Bouverie Road
Stoke Newington
London N16 0AJ

T: 020 8800 5250

The hearse will arrive at 28 Harcombe Road StokeNewington London
N16 0SA at 10.30, and make its way to the Church for 11.00am

Then a gathering to celebrate the life of Dennie Vidal will take place at around 2.00pm at

WaterWorks Centre
Lammas Road
(Off the Lea Bridge Road)
Leyton
E10 7QB

The family do not want flowers but instead would like a small donation for St Joseph Hospice. A collection will take place at the venue.

See you there.

Also check out the nice tribute from the guys at John Henry’s 

RIP Dennie Vidal – Sound Engineer extraordinaire

©2002-2015 Dune Music:  Jazz Jamaica All Stars in 2002

©2002-2015 Dune Music – Line-up of Jazz Jamaica All Stars back in 2002 that Dennie would have done sound for.

‪#‎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.

Irie Jamaica Independence Celebration at SOLD OUT Hideaway Streatham

Image: The HIdeaway StreathamPlenty 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 of London to where I live. It was great to see so many of you come out to celebrate. A massive THANK YOU to all those who came down to party with us!

Massive THANKS also to club owner Fran Strachan and all of her team who always work so hard to make sure our wonderful audience [because, of all the audiences…! 😉 ] and all members of the band have a great experience at the club. We’re going to be back at Christmas – date to be announced shortly so keep your eyes peeled. We’re already looking forward to it. Soon come…

Peace and love.

Three great gigs I’m looking forward to this summer

Image: Summer Of Love Party, Hawkhurst, Kent

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 are the incomparable Nathaniel Facey, Shirley Tetteh and Moses Boyd. (Thanks to Steve @ FunkyFeet Photography for the great pic!)

Image: Gary Crosby's Groundation. Photo by Steve @ FunkyFeet Photography

 

 

Then on Saturday 25 July, I have the great pleasure of performing Coltrane’s A Love Supreme with Denys Baptiste, Rod Youngs and Joe Armon-Jones at the Hull Truck Theatre (part of the 2015 Hull Jazz Festival). I know…we only played this suite a couple of weeks ago at Southbank Centre, and we’re still buzzing from the great vibe there, but it’s an extraordinary piece of music that, without fail, gets all of us excited about playing it again.

Image: John Coltrane - A Love Supreme album cover

Then I have a couple of weeks to get my party head in gear for Jazz Jamaica‘s favourite club gig, celebrating Jamaican Independence at The Hideaway in Streatham, South London on Saturday 8 August. Always a pleasure, we have the lovely Ms Myrna Hague joining us again. Plus…we’re planning to introduce a new young vocal talent…But you have to come along if you want to find out who!

The Hideaway Flyer - Jazz Jamaica 08 Aug

Hope to see lots of you over the next few weeks!

Peace and love.

 

Jamaican Independence – come celebrate with Jazz Jamaica!

 

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!The Hideaway Flyer - Jazz Jamaica 08 Aug