The Jazz Jamaica All Stars Present The Trojan Story – A Musical Extravaganza!
Gary Crosby’s sensational 22-piece, Jazz Jamaica All Stars kicked off their celebration of the music of Trojan Records with a blistering concert at London's Royal Festival Hall on Thursday 20 October.
Among the many Trojan classics performed by the orchestra on the night were 'Liquidator', '54 46 Was My Number', 'Wonderful World, Beautiful People', 'Israelites', 'Double Barrel', 'You Can Get It If You Really Want', 'Red Red Wine', 'Lively Up Yourself' and 'Young Gifted & Black', while the set also featured a few other familiar songs from the golden age of Jamaican music, notably 'Ball O' Fire', 'Al Capone', 'My Boy Lollipop', 'No, No,. No' and Junior Murvin's 'Police & Thieves'.
Fronting the All Stars on vocals were special guests, Brinsley Forde, Noel McCoy and rising trio, Dem Three, while a massed choir led by inspirational gospel choir leader, Mark de Lisser (BBC The Voice, and gospel choir music arranger for this year’s Royal Wedding) resulted in a stunning sound thats surely nobody could ever forget.
Crosby's stellar orchestra of established and rising stars features award-winning saxophonists Denys Baptiste and Camilla George, trumpeter Mark Kavuma, and Shirley Tetteh on guitar, joined by members of the hip jazz strings quartet, Tomorrow’s Warriors StringTing. The distinctive vocals of Forde and McCoy come are blended with the lush harmonies of stars in the making: Cherise Adams-Burnett, Kianja Harvey-Elliott and Cara Crosby-Irons.
Be sure to book your tickets for the remaining 2 shows now, as once the Jazz Jamaica All Stars mini-tour ends, fans are extremely unlikely to ever again have the opportunity to experience some of the greatest songs from the golden age of Jamaican music played with such skill, passion and love!