The jazz re:freshed First Edition scrapbook – a labour of love worth getting your hands on!

Jazz Re:freshed First Edition imageAs a busy CEO, partner and mother, it’s far too rare that I’m able to carve out time to involve myself in anything other than activities or events directly related to my organisation or my family. However, today I’m making it my business to find the time as I want to spread the word about the very special people at jazz re:freshed.

I was thrilled to bits when the postman delivered our post this morning as I am now the very proud owner of a First Edition jazz re:freshed scrapbook‬‬.

‪Straight out of the cardboard envelope, I have the sense this is already something of a collector’s item, for this scrapbook is striking in its look and feel (no surprises there) and a joy to have in my hands. The design, paper stock and print quality are absolutely superb, and it’s immediately obvious the whole thing has been compiled with plenty, plenty love for the music, the musicians and their audience. My 15-year-old has taken unprecedented interest: ‘they make jazz look cool’ she says, browsing each and every one of the 96 pages. She’s so right. The jazz re:freshed crew are completely on the money when it comes to ‘The Rebirth Of Fresh’.

As well as the brilliant photos and artwork, you get a free download of an album’s worth of great live music from their weekly residency at Mau Mau Bar – ‘the coolest jazz night in London’ (TimeOut Magazine). Especially interesting for me is jazz re:freshed‘s fascinating journey from its beginnings in 2003 to the end of 2014. There’s a refreshing honesty in the way they tell their story and, I have to say, I truly felt for them when I read their cautionary Japanese Mis-adventure Story. Gary and I went through similar painful moments with our own label, Dune Records but that’s another story for another day….

Making me love the jazz re:freshed crew even more than I did already, is their very nice touch dedicating this first of many scrapbooks to the young saxophonist and former member of Tomorrow’s Warriors, David Turay (and others) who sadly passed away in 2014. Such a lovely, thoughtful thing to do.

Jazz Refreshed First Edition-David Turay

All in all, it’s a very classy, very stylish publication that embodies the beautiful energy of the jazz re:freshed crew and movement. It’s a perfect way to celebrate their successes over their first ten (and a bit) years ‘infancy’ period, and now I’m seriously excited to see them grow in ‘adolescence’. They are an inspiration to all of us at Tomorrow’s Warriors (and Dune Music) and should be exceedingly proud of what they have achieved so far. Long may they continue! And long may Arts Council England continue to fund the creative genius that is jazz re:freshed (well done ACE on a very sage, forward-looking funding decision!).

As for the jazz re:freshed scrapbook, if there are still any copies available (I’d be very surprised), go grab one for yourself now! At just £10, it’s an absolute steal and worth way more than its cover price!

Love and respect to all at jazz re:freshed on producing such a magnificent ‘scrapbook’ –  a genuine labour of love – and massive congratulations on coming this far, and nailing so much success along the way. I hope you’re all incredibly proud of your achievements, and are excited about the next stage of your journey. I am, and you most certainly should be!

Janine, Gary, and all the team at TWHQ

Bridge To Our Memories: About The Composers

A_Bridge_To_Our_Memories_4_fb_banner_2Tomorrow’s Warriors is committed to ­nurturing the next ­generation of ­outstanding jazz artists and music ­leaders. Bridge To Our Memories is the result of the introduction of an exciting new ­commissioning strand in our ­Learning ­Faculty ­Development Programme, which empowers artists on our faculty to respond ­individually and collectively to a creative brief to devise new music for youth ­orchestra and big band. In addition to the commissions, our five ­composers receive ­bespoke ­one-to-one ­mentoring by ­leading composers of their choice.

In preparation for the BBC Radio 3 Jazz On 3 broadcast scheduled for 4 May (and on iPlayer for 30 days afterwards), we thought you might like to have a little background information on our composers…

Yazz AhmedYazz Ahmed, burst onto the scene with her 2012 release, Finding My Way Home. She has led her own bands in leading London venues including Ronnie Scotts and Queen Elizabeth Hall, and works extensively with Arun Ghosh and These New Puritans. She has ­received three commissions from Tomorrow’s Warriors – the first was in late- 2012 for an international collaboration, Interplay with UK and Swedish musicians; then in March 2015, Polyhymnia, commissioned for premiere at the Women Of The World Festival; and now Bridge To Our Memories. She will also deliver a major new work for Jazzlines in ­Birmingham at the CBSO Centre in late 2015. Yazz is an Associate ­Musical Director of the Nu Civilisation Orchestra, and member of the ­Tomorrow’s Warriors guest faculty.

Ben BurrellBenjamin Burrell An alumnus of Tomorrow’s Warriors, pianist Benjamin Burrell studied jazz at Trinity College of music and has played alongside many of the UK’s top jazz ­musicians. He is a permanent member of the acclaimed Jazz ­Jamaica All Stars, and has toured/recorded with Cape Verdean singer ­Carmen Souza. Benjamin is Assistant Musical Director for Memphis The ­Musical currently showing at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End. Bridge To Our Memories marks his debut as a big band composer- arranger. Benjamin is a core member of our Learning Faculty and Musical Director of our Junior Band.

PeterEdwardsTWpPeter Edwards is a pianist, composer and bandleader whose guileless, soulful music…[is] full of emphatic chording, Latin grooves and romantic, cinematic themes (Guardian). He was nominated for the MOBO Best Jazz Act Award in 2014 and, in 2015 was awarded the Jazz Newcomer at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Peter has been part of Tomorrow’s ­Warriors since 2003 when he joined us as our first office intern. He currently leads his own Trio, and has toured and recorded with fellow TW alumnus, Zara McFarlane. Peter has grown into a leadership position as Musical Director, first of TWYO, and then of our Nu Civilisation Orchestra. He is also a core member of our Learning Faculty.

Binker Golding

Binker Golding An alumnus of Tomorrow’s Warriors, Binker Golding is a saxophonist, composer and conductor with a musical background in both classical and jazz music. His body of work includes a number of suites for jazz big band, pieces for violin and piano, wind ­quintets, solo piano and other miscellaneous chamber works. He studied composition with Nikki Iles, Scott Stroman and Nicholas O’Neill, and conducting with Scott Stroman and Paul Sarcich. His primary influences as a composer include Conlon Nancarrow, Django Bates, Malcolm Arnold and John Taylor. Binker is a core member of our Learning Faculty and Associate Musical Director of TWYO and Nu Civilisation Orchestra. Nathaniel Facey Nathaniel is a Tomorrow’s Warriors stalwart who graduated from our Young Artist Development Programme with the cohort that went on to become the

Nathaniel FaceyNathaniel Facey Nathaniel is a Tomorrow’s Warriors stalwart who graduated from our Young Artist Development Programme with the cohort that went on to become the multi award-winning band, Empirical. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music on the BMus Jazz course, tutored by Iain ­Ballamy and Jean Toussaint, and led jam sessions at the Jazz Café for Tomorrow’s Warriors for whom he is now a music leader and mentor on the core Learning Faculty, and Musical Director of TWYO. As co-leader of Empirical, he has recorded five studio albums and won ­several awards including the 2010 MOBO Jazz award. Nathaniel is a member of Gary Crosby’s Groundation, and has also played alongside leading jazz ­musicians Jack Dejohnette, Jason Moran and Wynton Marsalis.

Well done one and all!

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