The Trojan Story, celebrating 50 years of Trojan Records in the United Kingdom, will take place on Thursday, September 20, at 7:00pm, at the Royal Festival Hall, in London South Bank, featuring Gary Crosby and the Jazz Jamaica All Stars. This performance will include special guests Brinsley Forde (Aswad), Noel McKoy, and rising vocal stars, Dem Three. Other shows will take place on September 29 at the Brighton Dome and November 17 at Hull City Hall, as part of the Hull Jazz Festival. The Voice reports:
[. . .] Gary Crosby has hand-picked established and rising stars to perform with the legends of Reggae and Soul – Forde and McKoy. The esteemed line-up features award-winning saxophonists Denys Baptiste and Camilla George, trumpeter Mark Kavuma, with Shirley Tetteh on guitar. They will be joined by members of the hip jazz strings quartet – Tomorrow’s Warriors StringTing.
This is an exciting opportunity to also see the next generation of stars in the making – Cherise Adams-Burnett,Kianja Harvey-Elliott and Cara Crosby-Irons, collectively known as Dem Three.
Jazz Jamaica All Stars will also be joined in each city by local choirs led by inspirational gospel choir leader, Mark de Lisser from BBC1’s The Voice. He was also the gospel choir music arranger for this year’s Royal Wedding.
The Trojan Story will feature many of the best-loved anthems from the label over the past 50 years, including Desmond Dekker’s hit Israelites, Tony Tribe’s classic Red Red Wine and Harry J All Stars’ The Liquidator, specially arranged by Jason Yarde.
The Trojan Story pays homage to the pioneering record label. Established in 1968, the London-based company was the first to distribute the music of Jamaica on a grand scale, becoming for many in the UK the first point of contact with Jamaican music and culture. From the beginning Trojan encouraged people to celebrate and unite through music, breaking down barriers and promoting inclusivity.