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…!


Tomorrow’s Warriors hot tracks in Jazz UK

Tomorrow’s Warriors were in the press recently, with a great photo (courtesy of of our award-winning band, Ezra Collective who were crowned Best Jazz Ensemble in the Music For Youth Festival 2013.

Jazz UK Feb/Mar 2014

Tomorrow’s Warriors at LJF: Love, death, mythology, folklore, loneliness + spoken word and dance!

Charles Mingus

Oooh, can’t wait to see Tomorrow’s Warriors in action this Friday at Southbank Centre as part of this year’s London Jazz Festival. Our festival theme, chosen by TW Artistic Director Gary Crosby, is the music of Charles Mingus. So, we asked, what might audiences expect?

An abundance of music written for the occasion by a specially convened ensemble – handpicked from our current cohort of young musicians – dealing with matters of love, death, mythology, folklore, and loneliness, interspersed with spoken word and dance!

How cool is that?! So, here it is:

FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER 5.30pm Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall – just be there! Why? Because….

Tomorrow’s Warriors alumnus, saxophonist and composer, Binker Golding - assigned as group mentor for our Warriors concert programme – has created a special dance piece that will receive its premiere at the festival, choreographed and danced by former Warrior, Tyrone Isaac-Stuart. Our young composers Inga Eichler (double bass) and Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone) have created new, original pieces in response to the theme – including a piece with words by Langston Hughes. They’ve also arranged some of Mingus’ music including Open Letter to Duke and the hard-hitting Better Git It In Your Soul. 

They’ll be joined by the wonderful young vocalist Cherise Adams-Burnett in a series of songs written/influenced by Mingus, including Joni Mitchell’s standout version of Goodbye Pork Pie Hat. Also spotted in the lineup are Dylan Jones (trumpeter from our award winning Ezra Collective), and Shirley Tetteh from Gary Crosby’s new band, Groundation.

Cherise Adams-Burnett (vocals)
Dylan Jones (trumpet)
Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone)
Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone)
Shirley Tetteh (guitar)
David Mrakpor (vibraphone)
Inga Eichler (double bass)
Patrick Boyle (drums)
and special guest
Tyrone Isaac-Stuart (dancer/choreography)

And if this isn’t great enough to sate your passion for Mingus, you can continue your evening in the company of the fabulous Nu Civilisation Orchestra conducted by Peter Edwards as they celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Mingus’ The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady – ‘one of his most enthralling works’ (Richard Williams, The Guardian) in the Purcell Room at 7.45pm. Three ‘Lords of the Lower Frequency‘ – Gary Crosby, Dave Green and Peter Ind – open the concert with a special set celebrating the double bass. Preceding this is a pre-concert talk with the three Lords hosted by journalist, Kevin Le Gendre.

WOW! Excitement abounds! Hopefully see you there!