Tomorrow's Warriors ‘Second Session’ Hosted by Gary Crosby OBE ftg. Queen Colobus + soloists: Maddy Coombs & Allexa Nava
A lively night featuring upcoming young jazz talent from the ranks of Tomorrow's Warriors + Special Guests
MADDY COOMBS - tenor saxophonist and composer, originally from Northampton. As a participant on the acclaimed Young Artist Development Programme at Tomorrow’s Warriors, she learnt under the mentorship of Gary Crosby, Binker Golding and Alex Davis. Her influences include saxophonists John Coltrane, Joe Lovano and Seamus Blake as well as musicians like Ahmad Jamal, Wynton Marsalis and Thelonious Monk. Performing as part of the Tomorrow’s Warriors ensemble, she has previously performed her own compositions at Foyles for their Nu Jazz Moves series, and at Love Supreme Jazz Festival.
ALLEXA NAVA - saxophonist and composer, originally from Peru. She has been part of Tomorrow's Warriors for the past year, learning under the mentorship of Gary Crosby, Ben Burrell and Denys Baptiste. Performing as part of the Tomorrow’s Warriors Female Frontline, she performed at a number of festivals.
QUEEN COLOBUS is a 4-piece band led by alto saxophonist and vocalist, Beth Hopkins. Fresh from releasing their debut EP 'Easy Now', which received radio play on Jazz FM, Balamii and Soho Radio. Having played together in different bands in Southampton, they found that they liked making weird sounds at each other, with or without instruments, and formed a musical alliance within the London jazz scene. Their music is influenced by jazz, indie and neo-soul. Beth’s compositions are fuelled by frustration at the things that aren’t generally talked about in music such as the diet industry, having no voice and mental health issues. The name comes from a species of Old World monkey, which reflects their wise and playful nature. Line-up: BETH HOPKINS alto sax/vocals (Jelly Cleaver, Hover Fly, Shunaji, All Day Breakfast Café, Red Letter)JELLY CLEAVER guitar (Jelly Cleaver, Kasia Konstance, Tomorrow’s Warriors Female Frontline, All Day Breakfast Café), WILL HEATON bass (Ebi Soda, The VV Experience, Yada Sofi & ADAM SKINNER drums (Red Letter)
Please note: The Spice of Life has been working hard and has provided extra staff to meet the government requirements (social distancing and table service) to ensure a safe environment for our audience. We have been advised to recommend a minimum spend of £10/£15 (2 pints of beer or a main meal) from each audience member to make it viable for the artists and the Spice of Life pub.
Can’t overstate the impact Tomorrow’s Warriors has had on the current music scene in London.Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 6 Music
If you want to know who passed through their doors, it might just be easier to ask who didn’t: the list is long and comprehensive.Emma Warren, Red Bull Academy
This a cultural giant, a music making dream team, with generosity at their heart.Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6 Music