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Tomorrow's Warriors announce Jazz Jamaica All Stars & Brinsley Forde: CATCH A FIRE

A Windrush Day Celebration (of Bob Marley & The Wailers) - Thurs 22nd June, Royal Festival Hall

London, 11th April 2023 Tomorrow’s Warriors announced today its celebrated big band Jazz Jamaica All Stars will be leading the Windrush Day 75th anniversary celebrations on 22nd June at the Southbank Centre in tribute to Bob Marley & The Wailers. Tickets go on sale on 12th April to Members, and on 13th April for General Sale here.

Tomorrow’s Warriors have produced the event, which will see Jazz Jamaica All Stars will get their skank on this Windrush Day at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, with the legendary reggae vocalist Brinsley Forde (Aswad) leading the 35-piece Jazz Jamaica All Stars, plus the sweet sounds of Dem Three (Cherise Adams-Burnett, Cara Crosby-Irons and Kianja Harvey-Elliot) on backing vocals. Ever ambitious, they will also be joined by the stunning 246-strong community choir Jazz Jamaica All Stars Choir (aka Southbank Centre Voicelab Choir), led by Mark de Lisser, which will be bringing their collective voice to this wonderful celebration.

Recent projects – Catch A Fire and The Trojan Story – saw Jazz Jamaica All Stars invite community choirs to share the stage with them in a vibrant celebration of Jamaican music. The Windrush Day special will continue this tradition, bringing fun, community and beautiful harmonies to the Southbank Centre.

Windrush was a generational moment that shaped the future of so many lives, changed forever how Britain looked and began a journey that made sure the whole world heard the sounds and voice of Jamaica. Elsewhere at Southbank Centre on Windrush Day, Tomorrow’s Warriors have also produced TW Presents: David Kayode Quartet as part of futuretense, the Windrush Day special is a free event taking place on the Outdoor Stage.

Gary Crosby OBE, founder Jazz Jamaica & Co-Founder/Artistic Director Tomorrow’s Warriors said “We’re honoured to lead the Southbank Centre’s Windrush Day 75th anniversary celebrations with the mighty Jazz Jamaica All Stars, a huge milestone we can’t wait to mark! We love bringing our vibes to the concert hall, it creates a very special, joyous moment for audiences.  Jamaica is a musical island – from mento, calypso, ska, rocksteady and through to reggae, Jamaica has always rocked to its own beat… and Windrush was the beginning of that beat and sound being heard and felt worldwide!”

Formed in 1991 by Gary Crosby OBE – bassist, bandleader and nephew of Jamaica’s legendary guitarist Ernest Ranglin – the mighty Jazz Jamaica have rightly earned their reputation as “one of the UK’s leading good-time bands”’ (The Independent) from their many exuberant live performances and dynamic album releases over the past three decades. Crosby’s concept was to create a quintessential fusion of mento, ska, reggae and jazz, playing classic and modern jazz standards alongside Jamaican folksongs, and it is his leadership and drive that continues to ensure the evolution of Jazz Jamaica.

After extensive international touring, and the recording of four great albums, Gary was ready to move Jazz Jamaica forward to the next stage and, in March 1999, he expanded the core line-up to big band status by adding a raft of guest soloists. The result was Jazz Jamaica All Stars, the creation of what was originally a 23-piece big band with an expanded repertoire that was soon filling concert halls and delighting audiences across the country, including a tour with Hugh Masekela in 2004, marking the 10th anniversary of democracy in South Africa.

“Jazz Jamaica All Stars…Britain now has its own rival to the Buena Vista Social Club.”  The Guardian

“The sheer energy and high spirits that the Jazz Jamaica All Stars generates is quite overwhelming.” The Observer

“Jazz Jamaica should be permanent ambassadors to the United Nations of Good Times.” Cheltenham Jazz Festival

“Britain’s finest big band.”  The Times

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