Jazz Jamaica


‘One of the UK’s leading “good time” bands’ – The Independent


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.
Jazz Jamaica

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.