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Jazz Jamaica

Saturday, 17th Dec 2011
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Saturday 17th December, Tickets £20, Doors 7pm, Music 9pm (1 set, approx finish 11.30pm)

Jazz Jamaica, widening the scope of jazz at London's premiere live jazz club Hideaway

Led by Jazz Warrior Gary Crosby, Jazz Jamaica are the finest exponents of the unique musical fusion known as skazz (mento, ska, reggae and jazz), and have rightly earned their reputation as one of the UK’s leading good-time bands from two decades of dynamic album releases and exuberant live performances. Get your jazzy jives on with the ultimate reggae big band!

Jazz Jamaica lining up for a publicity shot Camila George - alto sax
Denys Baptiste - tenor sax
Mark Crown - trumpet
Harry Brown - trombone
Robin Banerjee - guitar
Ben Burrell - piano
Gary Crosby - double bass
Rod Youngs - drums
Pete Eckford - percussion
plus Guest Vocalist - Keisha Downie


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.

Jazz Jamaica's horn section on stage at London live music venue HideawaySince 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”.