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Desperate man grapples with Jazz Jamaica leader outside @SouthbankCentre for ticket to @LivelyUpFest Catch A Fire show!

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It’s no use…even Gary Crosby, Jazz Jamaica’s esteemed band leader, doesn’t have any spare tickets for the COMPLETELY SOLD OUT Catch A Fire show at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre next Wednesday (24 Oct) with Brinsley Forde, Urban Soul Orchestra and the amazing 70+voice VoiceLab choir!

However, you can still get to see this fabulous show at:

 

Fri 26 Oct  LEEDS  Leeds Town Hall  0113 224 3801 

 Wed 31 Oct  LEICESTER  De Montfort Hall  0116 233 3111 (with the fabulous Amika Choir!!)

Fri 02 Nov  EDINBURGH  Usher Hall  0131 228 1155 (last night of the tour – PAR-TAYYYY!)

 

 

VIDEO: Catch A Fire LIVE at Birmingham Town Hall

Here’s some footage from the Catch A Fire show in Birmingham with Jazz Jamaica All Stars, Brinsley Forde and Urban Soul Orchestra, made all the more special with the addition of the soulful Birmingham Town Hall Gospel Choir. They were AMAZING!

Meantime, we’re looking forward with great excitement to the rest of the Catch A Fire shows and to catching the fire of the VoiceLab choir in London and the Amika Choir in Leicester. Check the Festival Dates page for details!

 

CATCH A FIRE – Sensational shows in Southampton + (SOLD OUT!) Birmingham

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Thanks to everyone who came to Jazz Jamaica All Stars’ sensational SOLD OUT Lively Up! Festival show at Birmingham Town Hall with Brinsley Forde and Urban Soul Orchestra on 13 October and to our also sensational show at Guildhall Southampton on 12 October. Both gigs were storming and the Town Hall Gospel Choir in Birmingham made the fire of Catch A Fire burn even brighter. 

There are just three more opportunities to catch the fire of Catch A Fire (as London on 24 October is already completely sold out).

Anyone in Brum who couldn’t get a ticket should try Leicester (De Montfort Hall – 31 October) as there are still some tickets available at the moment. 

Anyone further north can try Leeds (Town Hall – 26 Oct) or – if you’re very far north – Edinburgh (Usher Hall – 2 Nov)

Hope to see you soon, and thanks for supporting the shows!

 

 

Video: Jazz Jamaica All Stars jammin’ on Stir It Up

Here’s a little 2 mins video clip of some of the members of Jazz Jamaica All Stars having a quick jam on Bob Marley’s Stir It Up in between looking good for the camera at a Lively Up! photoshoot around the Southbank Centre.

Thankfully, we had great weather for the shoot – it was HOT! But keeping everything and everyone cool calm and completely collected was our brilliant dynamic duo: art director and designer, Ahmed Akasha and the wonderful photographer, Ben Amure. A great team!

 

 

Jazz Jamaica All Stars set to ignite the nation with Catch A Fire at the Lively Up Festival 2012

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If this tour were an album, it would be a collector’s item!

This is a call out to all music fans out there to lively up yourself and race along to one of 19 fantastic concerts and events in our new Lively Up! Festival coming to a city near you from 28 September-2 November. Festival headliners, the fiery Jazz Jamaica All Stars big band are back on the road after 8 long years and set to ignite audiences up and down the country when they team up with reggae star, Brinsley Forde and strings from Urban Soul Orchestra forCatch A Fire – a live, pulsating, roots-rock-reggae-jazz tribute to global superstars, Bob Marley and The Wailers with rich orchestrations by Jason Yarde.

 

Other acts confirmed in the Lively Up! Festival include the Nu Civilisation Orchestra whose Musical Director, Peter Edwards collaborates with visual artist, Emma Godebska to deliver a multidimensional, mixed media Parallel – A Tribute To Joe Harriott, the iconic Jamaican free form jazz saxophonist; Tomorrow’s Warriors collaborate with JazzCotech Dancers and the young Calypsonian Sheldon Skeete to host a Jamaican dance party with spectacular floorshow for the whole family; and Jazz Jamaica Family Fun Club presents Mango Spice, an interactive performance workshop for children and their carers to discover Jamaican folk songs and ring games.

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Other events hosted in association with Lively Up! include a panel discussion the British Music Experience, London (20 September) exploring the impact and legacy of Catch A Fire as part of the BME’s Seminal Album series – includes the chance to see an open rehearsal of Jazz Jamaica’s vocalists with Brinsley Forde, band leader Gary Crosby OBE, and music arranger, Jason Yarde. Also the I Is Another exhibition at New Art Exchange, Nottingham (28 September-8 December) highlighting some of the best contemporary talent in sculpture, painting, installation, photography, film, video and performance from across the hugely diverse Jamaican diaspora.

 

Produced by Dune Music in association with Tomorrow’s Warriors Lively Up! is a bold and ambitious festival of music touring 50 musicians and dancers to 10 cities around the country in a vibrant programme celebrating some of Jamaica’s most influential cultural icons. In 2012, the year in which Jamaica celebrates 50 years of independence, the festival will present 19 events in 17 venues from Southampton to Edinburgh through a series of concerts and participatory activities that offers something for everyone: children, adults and families.

 

Click here for all festival dates and take a look at this Bob Marley and The Wailers gig…enjoy! And hope to see you soon at the Lively Up! Festival.

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