Tomorrow’s Warriors

Championing emerging jazz talent: Tomorrow's Warriors launches LDN Rising

Four venues, nine acts and sixteen shows across April-July 2023

London, 5th April 2023 Award winning talent incubator and charity Tomorrow’s Warriors announced today it will go on tour with its exciting new talent development project LDN Rising, which takes the hottest, rising jazz talent to four venues across all four corners of the capital every month.

LDN Rising is part of Tomorrow’s Warriors Emerging Artist Programme. The programme sees the organisation work with industry partners, promoters, venues and international festivals to deliver a diverse array of performance opportunities to the musicians aged 25+, who have come through its free to access Young Artist Development Programme (YADP) aimed at young musicians aged 11-18. The Tomorrow’s Warriors Emerging Artist Programme also delivers mentoring, training, traineeships, talks, masterclasses, and bursaries to support artists into professional careers, with a number of exceptional musicians securing a place at a Music Conservatoire following their time on the talent programmes.

Across 30 years, since inception, in 1991, Tomorrow’s Warriors has reached over 10,000 young people through its talent development programmes, providing each musician with between 1,000-5,000 hours of free jazz training and development.

Existing venue partner Karamel (London N22) is joined by three new London venue collaborators: Peckham ArchesHackney Social and Next Door Records in Shepherd’s Bush, with an exciting lineup of rising artists including Cassius Cobson, Amy Gadiaga, Maddy Coombs, Donovan Haffner, Jam String Collective, David Kayode, Oreglo, Kagura and Tomorrow’s Warriors Frontline (formerly Female Frontline).

Full tour dates:

Peckham Arches: 6th April Amy Gadiaga, 4th May Maddy Coombs, 1st June Oreglo, 6th July Jam String Collective – Free entry

Hackney Social: 20th April David Kayode, 25th May Cassius Cobson, 22nd June Amy Gadiaga, 20th July Maddy Coombs – £6 advance, £8 on door

Next Door Records: 18th April Maddy Coombs, 16th May Oreglo, 20th June Jam String Collective, 18th July Donovan Haffner – Free entry

Karamel:  27th April Tomorrow’s Warriors Frontline, 25th May Oreglo, 29th June David Kayode, 27th July Kagura – tickets from £10

Janine Irons MBE, Co-Founder & CEO, Tomorrow’s Warriors said “Live performances have always been at the heart of what we do at Tomorrow’s Warriors, helping young musicians to develop a professional career, which in turn feeds the talent pipeline into the industry. These performance opportunities feel more important today than ever before, with the current focus and discussion about the issues with the talent pipeline – a lack of diversity at major festivals, under representation at award ceremonies – but the question remains, how to create change?

Through LDN RISING, Tomorrow’s Warriors is working together with the next generation of British jazz talent, pulling together a network of venues and building engaged audiences. The music ecosystem needs the talent pipeline to support it and bring diversity, creativity and originality. That pipeline and ecosystem relies on opportunities, opportunities to gig, to stage events and be part of a live scene. LDN RISING is all about creating those opportunities, through a vibrant series of gigs with some of the hottest emerging talent for Spring/Summer 2023!”

Tomorrow’s Warriors has played a vital role within its community and the wider music industry for over 30 years and has been credited with literally changing the face of UK jazz. A black-founded and black-led organisation, Tomorrow’s Warriors is based at Southbank Centre in London and offers a pioneering, comprehensive programme of learning and training which, in particular champions young black and female talent and those who come from challenging circumstances that would be a barrier to accessing opportunities to pursue a musical career.   Free access to Tomorrow’s Warriors artistic programme has proved crucial in nurturing the nascent talent and early careers of so many of the most exciting UK artists currently tearing up the international jazz scene, including Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia, Femi Koleoso
and Ezra Collective, Shabaka Hutchings and Sons of Kemet, Theon Cross, Soweto Kinch, CHERISE, ESKA, Zara McFarlane, Camilla George, Cassie Kinoshi, Denys Baptiste, Sheila Maurice-Grey, Peter Edwards, Mark Kavuma, Rosie Turton, Shirley Tetteh, Ben Burrell, Binker Golding, Peter Edwards, Nathaniel Facey and Empirical, Nérija, Jason Yarde, Robert Mitchell, Byron Wallen…the list goes on.


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About Tomorrow’s Warriors:  Tomorrow’s Warriors is a pioneering talent development agency, creative producer, learning and training provider, charity and consultancy specialising in jazz. Founded in 1991 by Queen’s Medal for Music recipient Gary Crosby OBE and Janine Irons MBE, TW helps aspiring young artists from diverse backgrounds discover their magic and achieve creative ambitions. TW nurtures nascent talent and builds engaged, culturally diverse audiences. Tomorrow’s Warriors has provided a crucial development platform for many of the artists now tearing up the international jazz scene – Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia, Cassie Kinoshi and Nérija, Femi Koleoso and Ezra Collective, Binker Golding, Shabaka Hutchings and Sons Of Kemet, CHERISE, ESKA, Denys Baptiste, Soweto Kinch, Zara McFarlane and many more. With a dedicated resident space at The Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall to host its Young Artist Development Programme aimed at talent aged 11-25 years old, comprising of learning and participation, artist development and professional performances, Tomorrow’s Warriors is proud to be a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England and a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner. Tomorrow’s Warriors is pivotal in elevating UK jazz, valued by its alumni and respected by funding partners for the impact delivered through its pipeline for outstanding, diverse talent.  In 2021, Tomorrow’s Warriors received the Jazz FM Impact Award and Music Producers Guild Inspiration Award, and Gary Crosby was honoured by the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) with an honorary doctorate entitled ‘Doctor of Music honoris causa’.  Tomorrow’s Warriors is a not for profit company and a Registered Charity No 1153613. Give today to Tomorrow’s Warriors

Tomorrow’s Warriors

Pioneering talent development organisation, creative producer, learning provider and charity specialising in jazz.