‘One of the UK’s leading “good time” bands’ – The Independent
19.30 — late
46 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NU.
In 1991, inspired by the rhythms of traditional Jamaican music and the improvisational nature of jazz, Gary Crosby conceived a fusion of mento, ska, reggae and jazz styles in playing classic and modern jazz standards alongside Jamaican folksongs.
To achieve this, he gathered together a group of musicians drawn from the jazz and reggae circuits, to form Jazz Jamaica.
The mighty Jazz Jamaica have rightly earned their reputation as ‘one of the UK’s leading good-
time bands’ (The Independent) from their many exuberant live performances and dynamic album releases over the past two decades.
As the Cheltenham International Jazz Festival put it: “Jazz Jamaica should be permanent ambassadors to the United Nations of Good Times.”
Leeds International Festival presents the 10-piece version of this wonderful band at Howard Assembly Room, on Wednesday 26th April.