LIVE GIGS: Nu Troop, Jazz Jamaica, Nérija, Ezra Collective and more

Ezra Collective at Royal Albert HallWe’re slowly settling back in after a glorious summer and are feeling a slight autumnal tinge in the air.  Plenty of gigs coming up by several of our various ensembles over the next three months (more than 30 events in fact!) and more than 25% of these shows are £FREE! So please be nice and tell your family and friends, and help us spread the good news!

For full listings, go to our What’s On page.

This Friday 12 September you can see Jazz Jamaica at the £FREE Imperial Wharf Jazz Festival with support from our own homegrown, Ezra Collective. Go, go, go! It’s gonna be fun!

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We’re looking forward to seeing Gary Crosby re-shape his Nu Troop jazz ensemble for a wonderful tribute to Charles Mingus at PizzaExpress Jazz Club in London’s Soho on Monday 15 September. They’ll be playing some fabulous music from the Mingus Moves album.

Line-up on the night: Gary Crosby (double bass), Alex Ho (piano), Eddie Hick (drums), Yazz Ahmed (trumpet), Aleksandra Topczewska (alto sax), Binker Golding (tenor sax), with a guest appearance by Cherise Adams-Burnett (vocals)

And we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to do a series of Tomorrow’s Warriors presents… showcases at the fabulous Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in London’s Soho on 1-3 October when our Warriors will perform the opening set for Britain’s favourite jazz dance band, JAZZ JAMAICAJazz Jamaica will be marking 75 Years of the iconic Blue Note jazz label with their BLUE NOTE BLUE BEAT set while Tomorrow’s Warriors presents…

NÉRIJA (1 Oct): Nubya Garcia (alto sax), Cassie Kinoshi (tenor sax), Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Rosie Turton (trombone), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Inga Eichler (double bass), Lizy Exell (drums)

TW (2 Oct): Peter Edwards (piano), Aleksandra Topczewska (alto sax), Daniel Casimir (double bass), Moses Boyd (drums)

EZRA COLLECTIVE (3 Oct): Dylan Jones (trumpet), James Mollison (tenor sax), Joe Armon-Jones (piano), TJ Koleoso (bass guitar), Femi Koleoso (drums)

Click here to book to see Jazz Jamaica and our Warriors at Ronnie Scotts

TW-NerijaAlso on 2 October, Nérija and Ezra Collective perform a double-bill at the Watermill Jazz Club in Dorking, Surrey. This promises to be an exciting showcase of fresh, young jazz talent so, if you’re in that neck of the woods on the 2nd, please do go along to support the musicians and the club.

More news to follow. Soon come…!


Jazz ‘n’ Fizz with Tomorrow’s Warriors at The Andaz

Andaz Hotel Catch Champagne Bar and LoungeWe’re starting our Jazz ‘n’ Fizz sessions tonight at the 5-star Andaz Hotel in Shoreditch this evening, 6.30pm-9.30pm. Entrance is £FREE though, sorry to say, the champagne isn’t! If you can, go check it out. It’s a lovely hotel and bar, perfect for sipping a glass or two of perfectly chilled champagne with friends.

August line-ups:

Tuesday 5 August | 6.30pm-9.30pm
Aleksandra Topczewska – Alto Sax
Shirley Tetteh – Guitar
Gary Crosby – Double Bass
Patrick Boyle – Drums

Tuesday 12 August | 6.30pm-9.30pm
Aleksandra Topczewska – Alto Sax
Diân Gasper – Piano
Gary Crosby – Double Bass
Patrick Boyle – Drums

Tuesday 19 August | 6.30pm-9.30pm
Dylan Jones – Trumpet
Sarah Tandy – Piano
Daniel Casimir – Double Bass
Andy Chapman – Drums

Tuesday 26 August | 6.30pm-9.30pm
Nubya Garcia – Tenor Saxophone
Peter Edwards – Piano
Jamie Benzies – Double Bass
Momoko Gill – Drums

Another sold out show for Jazz Jamaica All Stars


A great show with Tomorrow’s Warriors well represented on the stage:

  • 12 of the 23 Jazz Jamaica musicians were current/alumnus members of Tomorrow’s Warriors
  • 43% of the musicians in Jazz Jamaica were women
  • 78% of all the musicians on stage (Jazz Jamaica and Urban Soul Orchestra) were from Black or Minority Ethnic backgrounds, and 73% of all musicians in the aggregated band were women
  • 2 of our Warriors made their Jazz Jamaica All Stars debuts on this show, one of them a young string player!

Nice one, Mr Crosby!

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Photos by Kwame Lestrade except where indicated

Big thanks to all of the 2,000+ fans and supporters who came to our sold out Royal Festival Hall Love Motown!show on 19 July. Once again, our fans turned up in their thousands on one of the hottest days of the year to see us pay tribute to the music from the Motorcity. By the end of the show, we had everyone up on their feet and dancing, if not in the street, then definitely in the seats and the aisles of this iconic venue.

It was set to be a fantastic show but, regrettably, we faced quite a few glitches, which were evident on the day. As a result we fell short of the very high bar we set ourselves. We are very sorry about this. It’s clear, from the feedback we’ve received, that the vast majority of people really enjoyed the show but a few of our fans…

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