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One of the most prolific session players of Jamaica's pre- ska era, trombonist Rico Rodriguez recorded both as a solo artist and as an honorary member of The Specials. He is a highly regarded musician both in England and his homeland of Jamaica. Born Emmanuel Rodriguez on October 17, 1934, in Kingston, his musical pursuits began while attending Kingston's Alpha Boys School, an institution for wayward boys, where he studied trombone under the legendary Don Drummond. From 1954 to 1957 Rico continued his musical education at Stoney Hill Music School. During these years his musical influences were the two jazz trombonists J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding. He went on to do recordings with various session groups, namely Clue J & The Blues Blasters, Count Ossie's Group, Smith All Stars, Drumbago And His Orchestra and for all the important producers - Clement Dodd, Duke Reid, Vincent Chin, Lloyd Daley - and as Rico's Group or All Stars for Prince Buster

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Jerry Dammers' Spatial A.K.A Orchestra at the Norfolk And Norwich Festival 2012

Read "Jerry Dammers' Spatial A.K.A Orchestra at the Norfolk And Norwich Festival 2012" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Jerry Dammers' Spatial A.K.A OrchestraTheatre Royal Norfolk And Norwich FestivalNorwich, UKMay 26, 2012It only took a quick glance at the stage to confirm that this was to be no ordinary jazz gig: Jerry Dammers' Spatial A.K.A Orchestra doesn't do ordinary. Dammers, leader and keyboard player of '70s ska band The Specials, ...

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Joe Harriott: The Joe Harriott Story

Read "The Joe Harriott Story" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Almost 40 years after his death in 1973 at just 44 years of age, Joe Harriott's talent, imagination and impact on the development of jazz in Britain are gaining greater recognition than ever. Indeed, The Joe Harriott Story, an exceptional 4-disc box set of music from the alto saxophonist, is both a reflection of this belated ...

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Undead Jazz Festival: Day 4, June 26, 2011

Read "Undead Jazz Festival: Day 4, June 26, 2011" reviewed by Daniel Lehner


Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 Undead Jazz Festival New York, New York June 23-26, 2011 The last night of the Undead Jazz Festival, which had paraded its way from the chic, well-lit streets of the West Village down into the depths ...

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Nat Birchall: Alone In The Music

Read "Nat Birchall: Alone In The Music" reviewed by Chris May


Two of the most over-used phrases in music journalism are “overnight star" and “out of nowhere," and so apologies for starting with them here. But when it comes to describing British saxophonist Nat Birchall, they have an unusual degree of exactitude. Birchall, born in 1957 in the rural seclusion of the hill country of North-West England, ...

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Ska Cubano: Mambo Ska

Read "Mambo Ska" reviewed by Chris May


A blast--a raucous, riotous, irresistible blast. Ska Cubano is a London-based, Caribbean retro band led by the singer/songwriter Natty Bo (aka Nathan Lerner) and featuring his ex-wife, Miss Megoo (aka Megumi Mesaku), a fiery ska saxophonist in the grand tradition of Roland Alphonso and Tommy McCook. Japanese-born Miss Megoo, who also plays some of the honkingest, ...

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Tribute To Don Drummond

Label: Back Scratch Music
Released: 1997

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Man From Wareika

Label: Island Records
Released: 1977


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