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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Two more Silver Awards for Warriors!

A Redemancy black

Redamancy, by Sheila Maurice-Grey, 2014

On 24 July, Tomorrow’s Warriors hosted a group of four creative organisations who came together for the day to have their Arts Award projects moderated by a visiting Arts Award Moderator.

Joining Tomorrow’s Warriors were the London Transport Museum, Afghan Association Paiwand and Coram.  Young people from each organisation attended the moderation, along with their Advisors, and were treated to some true TWHQ hospitality, with a selection of drinks and snacks on offer.

After three organisations had spoken with the Moderator, it was our turn to discuss some of the excellent work our young people have been involved in.  Sheila Maurice-Grey - an apprentice music leader, office intern and all round Tomorrow’s Warriors star – created an excellent online blog, chronicling her work as leader of our Female Collective, along with some exceptional artwork that she painted for her group, Nérija, in response to the compositional work of the band’s alto saxophonist, Cassie Kinoshi.  The new artwork was premiered at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, for the Nucleo weekend on 7 July, accompanied by some of Sheila’s earlier work.


Jonah Grimbly in rehearsal with the Tomorrow’s Warriors Junior Band

Meanwhile, young pianist Jonah Grimbly had put together a portfolio of his work, in particular discussing his role within Tomorrow’s Warriors Junior Band, for which he arranged his own version of Jimmy Heath’s Gingerbread Boy (notably recorded by Miles Davis on his 1967 record Miles Smiles which also features the Wayne Shorter classic Footprints).  Jonah also did some excellent research into classic jazz recordings by artists including Thelonious Monk and Wynton Marsalis, focussing on how he could improve his own playing through detailed listening and analysis of these great musicians’ canon of work.

We were absolutely thrilled that both young people’s projects were approved by the moderator, validating the assessment undertaken by our Arts Award Advisor/ Learning & Participation Coordinator, James Hill that they had passed the Arts Award at Silver Level.

About the project, Jonah said “I’ve really enjoyed working on the Arts Award as it’s allowed me to think critically about my progress as a jazz musician.  The support I’ve received to achieve this has been great. Thank you Tomorrow’s Warriors!”

Sheila said “The Arts Award has allowed me to realise some ideas that may not have otherwise seen the light of day. I had thought often about creating some artwork to accompany Nérija, but I think Arts Award gave me a context and a structure to do this.”

Many congratulations to both of them!