Jamaican Independence Day with Jazz Jamaica - RESTAURANT FULL: UNRESERVABLE SEATING ONLY
Ticket update 29th July: The restaurant is now full for this gig - remaining available tickets are for unallocated seating and standing room, those still wishing to eat will be able to order food at the bar.
Sunday 5th August, Tickets £20, Doors 7pm, show time approx 9pm
Jamaican Independence Day, Olympic 100m Final and Jazz Jamaica
It’s a landmark weekend for the Jamaican community as they celebrate 50 years of Independence. Who better than Gary Crosby's irrepressible Jazz Jamaica lead the festivities at Hideaway. The evening will also feature the Olympic 100m Final - will Jamaica also be celebrating another gold for the fastest man on earth?
Gary Crosby - double bass/band leader
Camilla George - alto saxophone
Denys Baptiste - tenor/soprano saxophones
Sean Corby - trumpet
Harry Brown - trombone
Ben Burrell - piano/organ
Robin Banerjee - guitar
Pete Eckford - percussion
Rod Youngs - drums
and special guest Noel McKoy - vocals
Jazz Jamaica have rightly earned their reputation as “one of the UKʼs leading good-time bands” (The Independent) from their many exuberant live performances and dynamic album releases over the past two decades.
In 1991, inspired by the rhythms of traditional Jamaican music and the largely improvisational nature of jazz, original Jazz Warrior and veteran jazz double bassist, Gary Crosby, turned a musical concept into a joyful reality. Crosby's concept was to create a quintessential fusion of mento, ska, reggae and jazz, playing classic and modern jazz standards alongside Jamaican folksongs. The result was Jazz Jamaica.
Since its realization, Crosby has developed the Jazz Jamaica concept by introducing a stream of talented young jazz musicians, so increasing the size of the pool of Jazz Jamaicans, and enabling him to push the boundaries of the music played. Collectively, Crosby and his musicians represent the finest exponents of this unique musical fusion known as skazz, a fusion loved and appreciated by everyone, of all ages and colours around the globe. In 2002, Jazz Jamaica All Stars were winners of the BBC Radio Jazz Award for Best Band.
As the Cheltenham International Jazz Festival put it: “Jazz Jamaica should be permanent ambassadors to the United Nations of Good Times”.