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Jazz Jamaica was formed by Gary Crosby ca. 1991. "Crosby’s concept was to create a quintessential fusion of mento, ska, reggae and jazz, playing classic and modern jazz standards alongside Jamaican folksongs." (Dune WebSite, Jan. 2008) Rico Rodriguez worked with the group for some years from 1992 to ca. 1995. During this period the group was very active in Japan, some of their records of the time have only been released in Japan. Michael 'Bammie' Rose and Rico released own records backed by members of Jazz Jamaica in those years. He left the group to follow own projects and to play for Jools Holland's Orchestra.

Skaravan Back P 500

Original line-up, from left to right: Kenrick Rowe, Alan Weekes, Clifton 'Bigga' Morrison, Rico, Eddie 'Tan Tan' Thronton, Michael 'Bammie' Rose, Tony Uter, Gary Crosby. Photography by Janine Irons

LineUpEdit

1993:Edit

  • Gary Crosby (double bass)
  • Clifton "Bigga" Morrison (keyb, melodika)
  • Rico Rodriguez (tb)
  • Michael "Bammie" Rose (as, fl)
  • Brian Edwards (sax)
  • Kenrick Rowe (dob)
  • Eddie "Tan Tan" Thornton (tr)
  • Tony Uter (perc)
  • Alan Weekes (g)

2001 (as Jazz Jaimaca All Stars)Edit

  • Gary Crosby (double bass, band leader)
  • Alex Wilson (keyb)
  • Alan Weekes (g)
  • Tony Uter (perc)
  • Orphy Robinson (vibraphone)
  • Kenrick Rowe (dr)
  • Juliet Roberts (voc)

2007:Edit

  • Gary Crosby (double b)
  • Abram Wilson (tr)
  • Denys Baptiste (ts)
  • Andre Brown (as)
  • Harry Brown (tb)
  • Ben Burrell (p, org)
  • Femi Temowo (g)
  • Oreste Noda (perc)
  • Rod Youngs (dr)

Band historyEdit

In the original lineup they recorded in 1993 Skaravan, originally released in Japan and reissued by Hannibal, and some time later Jamaican Beat Vols. 1 and 2, only released in Japan.

When Rico left the group, Gary Crosby continued with the band, releasing one more album for Hannibal (Double Barrel). In 2002 Jazz Jamaica transformed into the bigger Jazz Jamaica All Stars. On trombone was Annie Whitehead. Meanwhile Jazz Jamaica have released two more CDs with classics from the Motown era (Motorcity Roots) and will soon release a new record called Tighten Up! to celebrate the Trojan label. "... Crosby has developed the JAZZ JAMAICA concept by introducing a stream of talented young jazz musicians, so increasing the size of the pool of “Jazz Jamaicans”, and enabling him to extend the boundaries of the music played." (Dune WebSite, Jan. 2008)

DiscographyEdit

2001Edit

  • Jazz Jamaica All Stars - Massive (CD: Dune DUNECD06, UK)

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