"The Nun Who Nurtured Reggae", Broadcast on Radio 4, Sat 24 November 2007. Jonathon Charles tells the story of Sister Mary Ignatius Davies, who worked at Alpha Boys School in Jamaica for 64 years until her passing in 2003. During that time Sister Ignatius developed a culture of excellence to help Alpha and its alumni became known for worldwide. Listen...
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Tony Hall (who did a lot of hard work in the British jazz scene during the 50's ) persuaded Alfred Lion -Blue Note- to record trumpeter Dizzy Reece. So Reece, living in London by that time, recorded 'Blues in Trinity' with Art Taylor (drs) and Donald Byrd (t), (who where working in Paris by that time) Tubby Hayes (s), Terry Shannon(p) and Lloyd Thompson(b) in a studio in north London. It was on August 24, 1957. When Dizzy Reece (born in Jamaica, living in New York now) came over to America, it was quite a buzz. Picked up by Blue Note, he recorded another two great albums, Star Bright and Soundin' Off. 1958-1959 Was a very productive year for Blue Note, recording 68 sessions with several new leaders like Duke Pearson, Tina Brooks, Jackie McLean and Donald Byrd. I have to say, Reece's albums where much better then (the more famous) albums from Donald Byrd coming out in those years. Reece did one album for Prestige, 'Asia Minor', in 1962. 'Summertime' is one of the great tracks of the album. With baritonist Cecil Payne, Joe Farrell on tenor and flute, pianist Hank Jones, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Charlie Persip
Maine-based DJ and producer Zeke Stern collaborated with London-based vocalist Mr. Williamz on the duo's latest release THE GENERAL COMES TO TOWN. The album features ten original tracks which echo the unifying energy and infectious grooves of sound system culture. On THE GENERAL COMES TO TOWN, Williamz and Stern trade tracks back and forth with Mr. Williamz performing on the odd-numbered while Stern owns the even tracks. Green Lion Crew presents two Alpha alumni, saxophonist Tony Greene anad drummer leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace' on his experimental dub remixes, recycling the beat and taking it to the next level into the realm of musical meditation. Check the Horsemouth song that complete the album below. For the album on YouTube, click here.
Africa Must Be Free By 1983 recorded by Hugh Mundell included the drummer Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace (ABS) on bass!
The 1978 release Marcus' Children from Burning Spear includes ABS grads Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace, DIrty Harry, Bobby Ellis and Vin Gordon in the music family.
Alpha musicians traveled to London for a week of workshops and performances including this one with the Fontanelles, a Fela Kuti-style jazz band that performed as part of the National Theatre River Stage summer live music series.
Listen to Cedric Brooks (ABS), David Madden (ABS) and Glen Dacosta (ABS) on the Pablo Moses 1980 release, A Song. www.alphaboysschoolradio.com
Bunny Wailer Sings the Wailers (a 1981 release). Keith Sterling (ABS) plays piano.
David Madden (ABS) on trumpet for this 1981 Lui Lepki release.