Tomorrow’s Warriors hot tracks in Jazz UK

Tomorrow’s Warriors were in the press recently, with a great photo (courtesy of funkyfeetphotography.com) 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!

Tomorrow’s Warriors band EZRA smash it at Royal Albert Hall MFY debut

Oh how proud are we?! What an outstanding performance from the wonderful EZRA Collective who totally smashed it when they made their Royal Albert Hall debut as part of the Music For Youth (MFY) School Proms.

You may remember that, earlier this year, they earned the Best Jazz Ensemble prize at the National Festival of Music for Youth hosted in Birmingham. Since then, they’ve been powering through, building up their jazz and Afrobeat chops so that, by the time they hit the stage at the Royal Albert Hall, they were absolutely ready to roll, and ready to entertain the hordes of people in the hall.

Our team had had a long day in London on an away day and so this was a fabulous way for all of us to  unwind and remind ourselves why we do what we do. It’s so gratifying to see the growth in maturity and stature of these brilliant young musicians, and makes us so incredibly proud.

The short video above shows some extracts from their performance – do stay with it to the end to see how they engaged the entire Royal Albert Hall and brought the crowd with them.  Congratulations, and thank you James Mollison, Dylan Jones, Joe Armon-Jones, TJ Koleoso and the inimitable Femi Koleoso. It was a great moment in the history of Tomorrow’s Warriors, and one we won’t forget in a very long time! Well done!

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11 Nov 2013 – Ezra backstage at Royal Albert Hall after their set – happy and rightfully very proud!