Photos by: David Lindsay.
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 by playing classic and modern jazz standards alongside Jamaican folksongs. Gathering together a group of musicians drawn from the jazz and reggae circuits, he formed Jazz Jamaica.
A ten-piece version of this wonderful band performed at one of the most beautiful venues in the country as part of Leeds International Festival. The venue in question is The Howard Assembly Rooms, an incredible 300 capacity venue located in the city centre, originally opened in 1879 as part of Leeds Grand Theatre.