JAZZ JAMAICA: MOTORCITY ROOTS
WITH GUEST APPEARANCE FROM LORD BILL MORRIS
TOWN HALL, BIRMINGHAM
FRIDAY 17 APRIL, 7.30PM
Jazz Jamaica, ska group extraordinaire, is made up of leading figures from the UK jazz, reggae and funk scenes, and plays feel good music with serious bass rhythms, a bold brass section, and irresistible mento and rocksteady melodies alongside stunning jazz solos.
Led by original Jazz Warrior member and bassist Gary Crosby, the world-class line-up includes
New Orleans trumpeter Abram Wilson, MOBO award winning saxophonist Denys Baptiste and top UK Latin pianist and Jazz Warrior member Alex Wilson.
Trade Unionist, activist and ‘Son of Jamaica’ Lord Bill Morris of Handsworth will put in a guest appearance live on stage to reprise his narration of Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’ backed by the vivacious dance band.
Formed in 1991, Jazz Jamaica went on to win the Best Band category in the 2002 BBC Jazz Awards, Ensemble of the Year in the 2006 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and secure their place as leading skazz (ska and jazz fusion) artists with fourth album Motorcity Roots (Dune 2006).
With an overwhelming feel-good reggae flavour to soul and RnB hits such as Tears of a Clown, You Keep Me Hangin’ On, Dancing in the Streets and Easy, the evening concert at Town Hall Birmingham will be a fantastic celebration of the unique Motown sound.
Founded in 1957 by Berry Gordy, the Motown record label shot to international fame with artists such as Smokey Robinson, Stevie wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Jackson 5 and The Temptations playing important parts in its success.
Jazz Jamaica Motorcity Roots line-up:
Gary Crosby, Abram Wilson, Denys Baptiste, Alex Wilson, Harry Brown, and Rod Youngs, with Zara McFarlane, Baby Sol and J’Nay on vocals.