Gary Crosby Presents THE TROJAN STORY, Celebrating 50 Years Of Trojan
Gary Crosby presents the sensational Jazz Jamaica All Stars with special guests Brinsley Forde (Aswad), Noel McKoy and rising vocal stars, Dem Three. THE TROJAN STORY is a spectacular live concert chronicling 50 years of the legendary label and artists of Trojan Records. There will be three performances - on Thursday 20 September, Royal Festival Hall; Saturday 29 September, Brighton Dome and Saturday 17 November, Hull City Hall (part of the Hull Jazz Festival).
Gary Crosby has hand-picked established and rising stars to perform with the legends of Reggae and Soul - Forde and McKoy. The esteemed line-up features award-winning saxophonists Denys Baptiste and Camilla George, trumpeter Mark Kavuma, with Shirley Tetteh on guitar. They will be joined by members of the hip jazz strings quartet - Tomorrow's Warriors StringTing. This is an exciting opportunity to also see the next generation of stars in the making - Cherise Adams-Burnett, Kianja Harvey-Elliott and Cara Crosby-Irons, collectively known as Dem 3.
Jazz Jamaica All Stars will also be joined in each city by local choirs led by inspirational gospel choir leader, Mark de Lisser from BBC1's The Voice. He was also the gospel choir music arranger for this year's Royal Wedding.
THE TROJAN STORY will feature many of the best-loved anthems from the label over the past 50 years, including Desmond Dekker's hit Israelites, Tony Tribe's classic Red Red Wine and Harry J All Stars' The Liquidator, specially arranged by Jason Yarde.
The Trojan Story pays homage to the pioneering record label. Established in 1968, the London-based company was the first to distribute the music of Jamaica on a grand scale, becoming for many in the UK the first point of contact with Jamaican music and culture. From the beginning Trojan encouraged people to celebrate and unite through music, breaking down barriers and promoting inclusivity.
Listings information: The Trojan Story will be performed on Thursday 20 September, Royal Festival Hall, London, Box office: 020 3879 9555, southbankcentre.co.uk; Saturday 29 September, Brighton Dome. Box office: 01273 709709, brightondome.org and Saturday 17 November, Hull City Hall. Box office: 01482 300306, hulltheatres.co.uk
Renowned band leader and musician, Gary Crosby OBE is Founder of Jazz Jamaica and Artistic Director of Tomorrow's Warriors. Co-founded in 1991 with Janine Irons MBE FRSA, Tomorrow's Warriors is a pioneering music education/professional development organisation and award-winning creative producing company that works with some of the most exciting jazz artists in the UK. The organisation also prides itself that it has a special focus on those from the African diaspora and girls.
Gary is the nephew of Jamaica's legendary guitarist, Ernest Ranglin OD. As an award winning musician he has received the BBC Jazz Award for Best Ensemble (Jazz Jamaica All Stars); the Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best Band; the BBC Award for Services to Jazz and the Parliamentary Jazz Award for Jazz Education.
Brinsley Forde MBE: After a successful career as lead vocalist and songwriter with Aswad, Brinsley has recently released his long awaited debut album Urban Jungle. He has also performed live with The Wailers and I-Threes in place of the legendary Bob Marley.
As a child actor he starred in Here Come the Double Deckers and in the television series and feature film, Please Sir! Other films that Brinsley has appeared in include James Bond's Diamonds Are Forever, The Georgian House and Goodbye Charlie Brite as well as the cult hit film Babylon, directed by Franco Rosso.
He has been nominated for a two Grammy Awards as lead singer of Aswad and had a British number one hit with Don't Turn Around. Aswad also had top 20 hit singles including On and On, Next to You and Shine. Ever in demand this year Brinsley has been touring and performing at large festivals world-wide including across the UK, Europe and South American.
Noel McKoy: Born in South London, Noel started singing with his siblings releasing I'm Lucky and Family in 1989. His three albums include Full Circle - Within A Social Soul, Mind Is the Keeper and Please Take This Personal. He also recorded new songs for a Northern Soul Compilation album.
He fronted the James Taylor Quartet and toured around the world 10 times. Noel has also worked with Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Martha High, Atlantic Star, Cliff Richard, Lenny Henry, Jessie J, Paloma Faith, Mica Paris, Beverley Knight and his favourite - Stevie Wonder.