The Skatalites, “Jamaican Ska Originators!” live in North Sea Jazz Club Amsterdam.

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More than a band, the Skatalites were and are an institution, an aggregation of top-notch musicians who didn’t merely define the sound of Jamaica, they were the sound of Jamaica across the ’50s and ’60s.

The Skatalites officially lined up as guitarist Jerome “Jah Jerry” Hinds, bassist Lloyd Brevett, teenaged pianist Donat Roy “Jackie” Mittoo, drummer Lloyd Knibbs, trumpeter Johnnie “Dizzie” Moore, Cuban-born tenor saxophonist Tommy McCook, alto saxophonists Lester Sterling and Cuban born Roland Alphonso, and trombonist Don Drummond. Moore, McCook, Sterling, and Drummond were all alumni of the Alpha Cottage School for Boys, an educational institution for troubled and troublesome boys in Kingston, run by the Catholic diocese.

Previous to the late ’50s, this was Jamaica’s only real music industry outside the mento scene, and as there were no local record labels, resorts were the only way for musicians to seriously ply their trade. They recorded their first LP at Studio One in Kingston, “Ska Authentic”. In August 1965 The Skatalites play their last show before split up due to Don Drummond’ murdering his girlfriend. The break-up results in the formation of two supergroups, Rolando Alphonso & The Soul Vendors and Tommy McCook & The Supersonics. The group turn to play again in a reunon in 1983 and began gigging regularly. As the passage of time has taken its toll, the years still bring compilations of Skatalites recordings from labels around the world. Decades on, their music remains timeless.

DATE: Thursday 29th August 2013


– 19:00 Doors open
– 20:00 Freddy Loco
– 21:00 The Skatalites (Tenor saxophone: Azaemobo Audu, Trumpet: Mark Crown, Bass: Val Douglas, Keyboard: Cameron Greenlee, Guitar: Aurelien Metsch, Trombone: Andrae Murchison, Vocals: Doreen Shaffer, Alto saxophone: Lester Sterling)
Drums: Trevor ‘Sparrow’ Thompson)
– 00:00: DJ Selektor Depender (Bassculture)


North Sea Jazz Club
Pazzanistraat 1
1014 DB Amsterdam
020 7220 982
06 16530115

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