Produced by award-winning jazz development agency Tomorrow’s Warriors in association with Turner Sims and Southampton Music Hub, The Jazz Ticket gives young musicians the opportunity to work with leading jazz professionals to develop their performance and improvisation skills, whilst exploring the rich and inspiring history of the genre and six of its pioneering artists born 100 years ago.
The Jazz Ticket is delivered in partnership with leading venues and music hubs in nine regions across England. Participating schools will work with Tomorrow’s Warriors music leaders towards a professional concert at which each ensemble will present one of six newly-arranged compositions, accompanied by specially-commissioned visual projections illustrating the life and times of these Giants of Jazz. The ensembles will come together for a final concert performed to other schools in the region followed by a second, very special concert featuring the Nu Civilisation Orchestra performing a new music commission from Turner Sims Southampton, A Journey with the Giants of Jazz by the award-winning pianist/composer, Peter Edwards who also conducts the orchestra. The premiere of The Jazz Ticket takes place at Turner Sims Southampton on 16 March 2017.
In all, 54 schools from Southampton, London, Luton, Leicestershire, Manchester, Gateshead, Brighton, Bristol and Hull will participate in The Jazz Ticket throughout 2017 involving almost 600 young people in what will be the first project of its kind – connecting regions and crossing generations in celebration of an art form that continues to inspire and hold relevance for contemporary audiences and new musicians.
Meet The MUSIC Leaders
Leader 1: Ben Burrell
Ben was born and educated in South-East London and started to play the piano and alto saxophone at the age of 10. Taking inspiration from bands such as The Headhunters and Weather Report, Ben studied Jazz at Trinity Laban. Whilst studying he began what would turn out to be a long term affiliation with Tomorrows Warriors. The organisation led by Bassist Gary Crosby OBE and Janine Irons MBE FRSA is responsible for the guidance of many young musicians from the capital and Ben benefitted greatly from their help and support. Ben is now a Music Leader on the Tomorrow’s Warriors’ Programme and plays with Jazz Jamaica, participating in collaborations with great artists like Hugh Masekela, Ernest Ranglin and Myrna Hague. He has also played with Carmen Souza, Aloe Blacc, Abram Wilson and the Jazz Jamaica All Stars featuring Brinsley Forde.
Leader 2: Binker Golding
Binker Golding is a London based tenor saxophonist, composer, conductor and music leader. A regular on the Tomorrow’s Warriors’ South Bank Centre jazz education programme, Binker leads Tomorrow’s Warriors’ Youth Orchestra and youth ensemble. He makes up half of the group "Binker & Moses", who released the album "Dem ones" on Gear box records in 2015. The album went on to win a MOBO award, 2 Jazz FM awards & a parliamentary jazz award. Binker is also the saxophonist in Zara McFarlane's band. His current projects include the second Binker & Moses album & an album with his own quartet, heavily inspired by blues & country from the southern states of the USA.
Leader 3: Alex Davis
From a young age, Alex Davis would spend hours transcribing his early musical influences such as bass player ‘Bootsy’ Collins of Parliament/Funkadelic, at the age of just 11, Alex was selected as the 'Blue Basement' house bass player alongside some of the North's best blues and RnB musicians, where he stayed for two years. After a period working with musicians such as Gilad Atzmon, Lucky Ranku and Bhupinder Singh Chaggar, and work with Red Ladder TheatreCompany, Alex joined the Nu Civilisation Orchestra In 2010. It was this experience that led him to concentrate on mastering the upright bass and eventually joining the Abram Wilson Quartet in early 2011. Alex won a scholarship to study Jazz at the Royal Academy London and now teaches the development session on Saturdays for Tomorrow’s Warriors at the SBC and is in demand as a bass player performing regularly with Rebecca Ferguson, Kansas Smitty and many others.
Leader 4: Dian Gasper
Born in East London, Dian discovered his passion for music at the age 2 starting on the drums and moving onto the piano at 11 under the HEAVY influence of Stevie Wonder. Dian grew up in a Black-Gospel church background and after studying at Brunel University started playing in the pop scene with musicians such as Tinchey Stider, DJ Ironik, Jesse J, Omar and Triple O. Dian switched to playing Jazz in 2008 and has worked with musicians such as Zara McFarlane, Myrna Hague, Jazz Jamaica. Dian is a Music Leader with Tomorrow’s Warriors’ Weekend programme at the Southbank Centre, London and works as a Session musician, Arranger, Composer, Choir-Vocal Arranger and Accompanist.
Leader 5: Sheila Maurice-Grey
Sheila Maurice-Grey is a London based trumpeter and visual artist. Sheila took part in Kinetika Bloco and then Tomorrow’s Warriors development programme founded by Gary Crosby OBE. Sheila is now a Tomorrow’s Warriors’ Music Leader and a core member of upcoming ‘Nérija,’ which emerged from Tomorrow’s Warriors Female Collective. ‘Nérija,’ were nominated for Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the year 2016 and are a JazzStandard band to watch in 2017. Sheila is also bandleader of Afrobeat band ‘KOKOROKO,’ and has performed in KANO’s live band on the ‘Jool’s Holland Show’ and ‘The Mercury Prize,’ as well asfeaturing on LITTLE SIMZ's newly released album 'Stillness In Wonderland.'
Leader 6: Cherise Coryna
Cherise Coryna is a London Based Jazz Vocalist. At just 23 years old, Cherise is already making moves within Londons vibrant jazz scene while studying at Trinity Laban Convervatoire of Music and Dance in Greenwich. Born and raised in Luton, Cherise started her journey with music as a member of the 'Luton Community Gospel Choir' at the age of 14. Two years later, she joined the Jazz development organisation Tomorrows Warriors. She been heavily involved in the organisation as a student, and now as an apprentice tutor/leader for workshops and projects helping children & teenagers develop their musicianship. In the Summer of 2016, Cherise travelled to New Jersey USA to participate in the Summer Festival of the Jazz School 'Jazz House Kids' which is run by the world renowned and respected Jazz Bassist Christian McBride. In her career so far, she has performed in many of Londons most acclaimed venues, including the Queen Elizabeth Hall singing with 'Jazz Jamaica'. She also performed in the West End in a show called 'Cafe Society Swing' from 2013-2014. Cherise has had the privilege of working with sensational and accomplished musicians including Gary Crosby OBE, Jason Yarde, Jay Phelps, Theo Jackson, Peter Edwards and China Moses.
Nu Civilisation Orchestra
Founded by Gary Crosby OBE and led by Peter Edwards, the Nu Civilisation Orchestra represents an evolution in the contemporary jazz orchestra. The NCO produces diverse and forward-thinking music.
Previous commissions include repertoire from Duke Ellington, Joe Harriott, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus; literary and film collaborations with author Lemn Sissay and documentary film director John Okomfrah; media broadcasts on Channel 4 Television and BBC Radio, and live concerts at BFI, Southbank Centre and Rich Mix.
From 2017 London’s most diverse orchestra, the Nu Civilisation Orchestra will take up artistic residency at Rich Mix, London’s most diverse art centre in London’s most diverse borough.
Peter Edwards joined Tomorrow's Warriors as an intern in and went on to graduate with a Masters in Jazz from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2009. Participation in the Tomorrowʼs Warriors young artist development programme gave him the opportunity to sharpen his performance and compositional skills under the guidance of Gary Crosby OBE. Peter began recording and touring with the Abram Wilson Quartet and has gone on to work with Rhythmica, Nicola Emmanuelle and Zara McFarlane, the Nu Civilisation Orchestra and his own piano trio which he formed in 2010.
Peter released an EP Jazzlotion in 2010, followed by his debut trio album ‘Safe and Sound’ in 2013, to glowing reviews.
'Edwards came across as the real deal... McCoy Tyner-ish intensity fused with flashes of Ahmad Jamal/ Wynton Kelly urbanity' Jazzwise Magazine
Peter's second album 'A Matter of Instinct' was released in 2016 and Peter plans to release further singles from that recording session including a remix of his tune Samba City featuring MOBO and Jazz FM award winning singer Zara McFarlane and the London School of Samba bateria.
'It’s expertly welcoming music for anyone who fears traditional song-rooted values aren’t being cherished enough in jazz'. John Fordham, The Guardian 3* review
In 2016, Peter was awarded a PRSF New Music Biennial commission to compose the Journey with the Giants of Jazz for the Nu Civilisation Orchestra to perform as part of The Jazz Ticket.
Tomorrow’s Warriors is an award-winning music development and creative producing agency, committed to increasing diversity across the arts through jazz. Working in partnership with leading music industry, arts and education partners, we deliver uniquely engaging and highly innovative learning, performance and development opportunities for young people and musicians of all levels. We also produce an exciting range of concerts and professional jazz events across the UK - including regular appearances at London's Southbank Centre where we have a residency, and as an Associate Artist of Turner Sims, Southampton. Tomorrow’s Warriors is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England and we are proud to be a truly multicultural company as seen through our artists, our audiences and our team.
Southampton Music Hub
Southampton Music Hub is the leading provider of music education in Southampton. The hub is a partnership of local, regional and national organisations, led by Southampton Music Services, working together to build an ambitious and innovative music programme that reflects the cultural and artistic diversity of our city. Together they are dedicated to delivering life-changing musical experiences that create a lasting legacy of musical engagement to enrich the health and well-being of the community.
Southampton Music Hub’s first-access programme is ensuring that every child in the city has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. With over 450 members in 16 city ensembles, the hub provides opportunities to perform and progress. Alongside a broad range of events and workshops the hub delivers a multigenerational singing strategy that reaches out in to the community. By supporting teachers and schools with a broad programme of resources, training and events, Southampton Music Hub in ensuring that every child has access to the highest quality musical learning.
Turner Sims is acknowledged as one of the leading presenters of live music in the South of England. Their 70-concert promoted series features classical music, jazz, world music and folk from artists from the UK, Europe and further afield. The programme encompasses touring work, new commissions, new collaborations and bespoke outreach work.
Presenting new music is integral to TS's programming with recent highlights including world premieres by Jonathan Dove (a TS commission for clarinettist Emma Johnson and massed recorder players inspired by 'The Pied Piper'), Sally Beamish (including the 20x12 commission Spinal Chords), John Surman, and Courtney Pine and Zoe Rahman.
ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND
Tomorrow's Warriors gratefully acknowledges generous support for The Jazz Ticket national programme from Arts Council England's Strategic Touring Fund, without which this project would not be possible.
PRS FOR MUSIC FOUNDATION
Peter Edward's commission, A Journey with the Giants of Jazz is generously supported by PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial. PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Biennial is generously supported by Hull UK City of Culture, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Arts Council England, BBC Radio 3, Southbank Centre, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Cockayne, The John S Cohen Foundation, the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, The Finzi Trust, RVW Trust, The Bliss Trust and NMC Recordings.