A World in London 300 - Tomorrow's Warriors! Mon, 2019-05-13 11:24

Everyone’s talking about Tomorrow’s Warriors, the brilliant organisation pivotal in changing the face of UK jazz, so we decided to find out more about its founders, Gary Crosby OBE & Janine Irons MBE.

Both are gifted musicians, though Gary is the frontman for artistic vision whilst Janine fine tunes the plentiful organisational details.

“We’re both strategic though” says Gary, who as a boy, fashioned his first guitar out of cardboard and learnt bass-lines on a piano he had access to only twice per week. After moving on to double-bass, Gary became a core member of The Jazz Warriors and Jazz Jamaica, jamming with peers like Courtney Pine, Cleveland Watkiss, and Steve Williamson, picking up swathes of awards along the way.

At a jam session in the Jazz Café in 1991, Janine & Gary conceived the idea of Tomorrow’s Warriors, recognising that younger musicians needed more platforms for performance & development, plus an infrastructure for professional success. They adopted an EachOneTeachOne motto, creating a mentoring relationship between established & emerging musicians, and three decades later, their list of phenomenal adoptees includes Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia, Nerija, Denys Baptiste, Shabaka Hutchings and Sheila Maurice Grey.

As Janine explained ‘It’s about identifying potential leaders and people who will have impact beyond us’, and ‘levelling the playing field’ in terms of diversity. Today’s warriors and alumni of the scheme are sending revolutionary ripples around the world placing British Jazz firmly on the international stage.

“Art is the only thing that can save the human race” Gary says, and Tomorrow’s Warriors is about enabling and nurturing the next generation of Warriors to do just that!

Listen to this AWIL for the full story, and keep an eye out for some special TW projects this year, including Prom 54 with the Nu Civilization Orchestra on August 29th at The Royal Albert Hall!

More about Gary & Janine here: https://tomorrowswarriors.org

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