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A Year in Review
2013 saw The Jazz Warriors International go back to their grassroots introducing an eclectic series of concerts and educational programmes that very quickly helped to re-establish their iconic name on the international music scene.
The year started with ‘NEXUS: One World Music', a series of monthly concerts held in the iconic and historically active St George’s Church in Bloomsbury. Featuring some of the finest musicians from diverse ethnic backgrounds and histories from the world of jazz, classical and world music performing notated and un-noted improvised music compered by the internationally renowned play-write and novelist, Bonnie Greer, OBE. Musicians included Errollyn Wallen MBE, Django Bates, Paul Gladstone Reid, Nikki Yeoh, Rowland Sutherland, Robert Mitchell, Sona Jobarteh, Waka Hasegawa, Pat Thomas, Elizabeth Ball, Omar Puente, Adriano Adewale & Fumi Okiji.
At Charlie Wrights International in Hoxton, The Jazz Warriors International hosted a programme of innovative events including ‘Draw2Tunes’, ‘Voice-1st Instrument’, ‘Freedom: The Art of Improvisation: Improv Jam Sessions’ and ‘Swing Dub’. All events featured established musicians Julian Joseph, Byron Wallen, Soweto Kinch, Orphy Robinson, Cleveland Watkiss, Heidi Vogel, Randolph Matthews, Basil Meade, Eska, Najma, Pat Thomas, Steve Noble, Claude Deppa, Doug Boyle, Neil Charles, Darren Taylor, Jean Toussaint and Caroline Krabbel. These sessions also included the younger generation of up and coming musicians such as Philip Achille, Chantelle Nandi, Mellow Harmony Avstreih, Tori Handsley, Renell Shaw, Zuri Jarret-Boswell and Tal Janes. Paul Bradshaw of ‘Straight No Chaser’ provided support above and beyond continually.
2013 ended with no less than six events featured as part of the 2013 EFG London Jazz Festival in November including a special live debut of The Jazz Warriors International Ensemble at the Legatum Institute Mayfair; ‘Eclectic Electric’ at the Vibe Bar in East London’s Brick Lane introduced a night dedicated to technology in music featuring new bands Universal Minds Systems and Parshmaune with Steve Lawson as a special guest. Cleveland Watkiss led 120 vocalists for 'Voice Lab" at the SouthBank Centre and as part of ‘Duke Joint’ Cleveland Watkiss and Orphy Robinson were invited to perform a special night of ‘Swing Dub’ featuring Duke Ellington’s music mixed with Dub music as part of the ‘Essentially Ellington’ concerts which were well received by the audience and garnered critical acclaim in the Press. The EFG London Jazz Festival closed with a packed out ‘FREEDOM: The Art of Improvisation' session at Charlie Wrights International with members of the Nigel Kennedy Orchestra in attendance.
2014 promises to be just as enterprising! One of the most important elements of The Jazz Warriors International Mission Statement is to provide a programme of ground-breaking educational initiatives, particularly in schools from boroughs of social deprivation. In conjunction with Newham College, The Jazz Warriors International Educational Team has introduced and is actively developing a Newham Youth Dub Orchestra. This programme will be rolled out into other schools in the borough and throughout the UK.
Members of The Jazz Warriors International Collective are performing in February at the Jazz Café in Camden with Jalal Mansur Nuriddin of The Last Poets, recreating the famous ‘Hustler’s Convention’, an album that is synonymous with creating the start of the Hip Hop movement in 1973. This exciting performance comes in conjunction with the production of a new feature documentary on the pioneering role Jalal and the Hustlers Convention had in the history of music, and will be released in 2015 with Public Enemy's Chuck D confirming his role as Executive Producer.
The ‘Nexus: One World Music' returns to St George’s Bloomsbury in March with a performance by Ayanna Witter-Johnson and Shabaka Hutchings. Information on future events throughout the year can be found on our website (www.thejazzwarriors).
It has been an exciting start for The Jazz Warriors International and we would like to take this opportunity to thank our Board Members, artists and associates who, over the past twelve months, have given so much of their time and expertise to get this project off the ground!
Arts Council, Philip Achilles, Adriano Adewale, Najma Akhtar, Wendy McPherson, Malik Al Nasir, Mellow Harmony Avstreih, Elizabeth Ball, Lester Batchelor, Django Bates, Terry Benjamin, Steve Beresford, Samy Bishai, Xantone Blaq, Doug Boyle, Paul Bradshaw, Alison Brewerton, Dee Byrne, Rabira Dachi, Michael Edwardes (UK Vibe), Café Otto, Filomena Campus, Ray Carless, Neil Charles, Anna Combes, Chiara De Palo, Claude Deppa, Mussinghi Brian Edwards, Mekel Edwards, EFG London Jazz Festival, Ruth Fisher, The Forge, Satoko Fukuda, Eska, Zee Gachette, Steve Giachardi, Paul Gladstone Reid, Stephen Graham, Bonnie Greer OBE, Chanelle Hall, Tori Handsley, Philip Harper, Julia Hila, Shabaka Hutchings, Zuri Jarrett-Boswell, JazzLive Dance, Julian Joseph, James Joseph, Jessica Lauren, Steve Lawson, Nadjib Le Fleurier, Carol Leeming, Legatum Institute, Nigel Kennedy, Soweto Kinch, Helen MacDonald, ILa Mare, Hannah Marshall, Randolph Matthews, Basil Meade, Llio Millward, Robert Mitchell, Vidal Montgomery, Najma Aktar, Chantelle Nandi Masuku, Newham College, Steve Noble, Fumi Okiji, Jay Phelps, Gregory Porter, Omar Puente, Peter Quinn, Jason Rebello, Adrian Reid, Tony Remy, Derek Richards, Nixon Rosembert, Kenrick Rowe, Emily Saunders, Serious, Eugene Skeef, Sona Jobarteh, St George’s Bloomsbury, Rowland Sutherland, Heather Taylor (Redfire Music), Pat Thomas, Christine Tobin, Jean Toussaint, Universal Mind Systems, Vibe Bar, Fayyaz Virji, Heidi Vogel, Byron Wallen, Errolyn Wallen MBE, Emi Watanabe, Trevor Watkis, Alan Noel Weekes, Carlton White, Tim Whitehead, Steve Williamson, Charlie Wright’s International, Barbara Wyllie.
‘Build it and they will come’