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.

RIP David Turay 1995-2014

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It is with the deepest sorrow that we have learned that former Tomorrow’s Warriors/Ezra Collective member, David Turay (alto sax) has passed away aged just 19 years old. We are all completely shocked and saddened.

The entire Tomorrow’s Warriors family sends out their love and sympathy to all of his family, friends and colleagues who will undoubtedly be heartbroken and in utter despair. Such a waste of a budding young talent, such a waste of a young life.

Rest in sweet musical peace, David.

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…!