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.