Joe Harriott, Harry Beckett, Shake Keane and the Caribbean Jazz Influence
Symposium 5pm, Performance 8pm
Guildhall Big Band
Scott Stroman director
Gary Crosby double bass
Special guests including Gary Crosby double bass, Steve Williamson and Martin Hathaway saxophones, and Gabriel Garrick trumpet
The post-Second World War wave of immigration from the Caribbean to Britain brought with it a creative group of musicians who would make an essential contribution to jazz in Britain.
In this concert Guildhall Big Band, led by Scott Stroman with special guests, explores the legacies of Jamaican-born alto saxophonist Joe Harriott, St Vincent-born trumpeter Shake Keane and Barbadian trumpeter Harry Beckett, including arrangements by Harriott's collaborator Michael Garrick, Beckett's pieces for the Jazz Warriors, and Keane's playing and poetry. The concert launches an initiative exploring their music and legacy.
The performance will be preceded by a symposium chaired by University of Liverpool professor Catherine Tackley and featuring Williamson, Crosby, Garrick and journalist, broadcaster and author Kevin Le Gendre discussing the influence of Caribbean jazz musicians on the British jazz scene past, present and future.
This performance is presented by the Guildhall Jazz Department and Guildhall African Caribbean Society.
Image: Harry Beckett (c) Hans Kumpf
How to watch
This concert is free to watch, no registration required.