Celebrating 100 Goode Years: Happy Birthday Coleridge


Last week Tomorrow’s Warriors artistic director, Gary Crosby OBE was able to publicly share his admiration for his mentor at a special interactive concert during the London Jazz Festival.  Today, we are so very proud to celebrate the 100th birthday of the double bass jazz giant and unmatched legend, Mr Coleridge Goode: ‘Lord Master of the Lower Frequencies’.

Happy Birthday Coleridge! may you celebrate many more glorious years with your family and friends, and keep on inspiring future generations of jazz musicians and lovers of jazz music.

Please join us in celebrating Coleridge’s incredible talent, his influence on the jazz scene and beyond and, most of all, the pure generosity and humanity he shows to those who come after him. Show your appreciation and send your birthday greetings to Coleridge:

  • Leave a message at the foot of this blog post
  • Post on Twitter with hashtags #OnceInACentury #ColeridgeGoode100
  • Like and post a comment on Facebook page Coleridge Goode 100

We’ll be sharing your messages with Coleridge at his birthday party on 29 November and over the rest of the weekend, so get to it folks!

Coleridge Goode, born 29 November 1914, Jamaica, West Indies.

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Thanks to Coleridge Goode’s family for photographs and to: Sisi Burn, Photographer for images: Pizza on the Park (1998) and A study in bass (2009); Steve at Funkyfeetphotography.com for images shot during Coleridge Goode: A Celebration at EFG London Jazz Festival in The Purcell Room, QEH Southbank (2014); Fran at Metal Dog Media

Hurry! Only 24-hrs to win £FREE tickets to EFG London Jazz Festival!


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Gary Crosby-Coleridge Goode

Thanks to our friends at Serious, we have TWO PAIRS of complimentary tickets to give to some lucky jazz lovers to go to the Coleridge Goode “Once In a Century” EFG London Jazz Festival gig at 7.45pm on Friday 21 November in the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre.

This fabulous, and definitely “you have to be there or you’ve missed out” gig is the brainchild of Gary Crosby OBE, the legendary and inspirational founder and Artistic Director of Tomorrow’s Warriors. He’s hosting this live interactive event to celebrate 100 years in the life of one of Jamaica’s and the UK’s most important jazz musicians, his mentor, and fellow double bass player, the incredibly generous and talented Coleridge Goode. As you might expect, to mark such a momentous occasion Gary has invited a host of special guests and award winning musicians to pay homage to this great double bassist including Byron Wallen, Alyn Shipton, Omar Puente, Denys Baptiste, Elaine Delmar, Kevin Le Gendre….and more!

Don’t miss out – it’s totally FREE to enter the competition. All you have to do is send us your answer to the following question via the link below, but hurry, the competition closes at 11.00am on Friday 21 November!

In which year was Coleridge Goode born? 

A) 1964

B) 1914

C) 1934

Click here to send us your answer!

Closing date/time for entries is 11.00am on Friday 21 November 2014 (in UK). Entries received after this deadline will NOT be entered into the competition. The winner will be informed by email by 2.00pm on Friday 21 November.

Our terms and conditions:

  • Entry to the competition is restricted to one entry per person please.
  • Multiple entries will be disqualified.
  • Automated entries, bulk entries or third party entries will be disqualified
  • Competition is open to UK residents aged 16+ years
  • The prize is not transferable. No cash, cash alternative or alternate prize is available
  • The winners will be informed about how to collect the prize.
  • The winners will be chosen at random from all valid entries.
  • The winners will be contacted via email only.
  • The Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The competition will run from 11.00am on Thursday 20 November until 11.00am Friday 21 November in the UK.
  • http://www.tomorrowswarriors.org is compliant with the data protection act. We will never pass on your details to any third party.

Tickets are also available from the Southbank Centre box office priced £20/conc £10.

David Turay (1995-2014) – A farewell concert


David Turay with TW-Ezra Collective

We are still all reeling from the terrible news about former Tomorrow’s Warriors/Ezra Collective alto saxophonist, David Turay who passed away, aged 19, last weekend. Though we are all tremendously sad at this time, we are united in a desire not only to mark his passing, but also to celebrate his life, his energy, and his contribution to the Warriors family.

Our thanks to Femi Koleoso and fellow Ezra Collective members for offering to dedicate their EFG London Jazz Festival performance to David, giving us all an opportunity to bid him Farewell:

Friday 21 November @ 5.30pm (£Free)
The Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

As part of the performance, Ezra Collective will play the set they played with David at Ronnie Scotts back in 2012 when, as Tomorrow’s Warriors Youth Ensemble, they celebrated winning the Yamaha Jazz Experience Band Competition.

Helping us say Farewell to David will be some special VIP guest artists, plus members of the Tomorrow’s Warriors family. We invite you, our wider family, to join us on Friday to celebrate the life of a young Warrior: David Turay.