Errol Linton carries the legacy of Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson into the twenty first century, moving the genre forward by combining 50s Chicago blues with gentle Jamaican reggae rhythms.
He has been featured on radio and TV and his two albums have become British blues milestones, regularly spun on the radio by Andy Kershaw and Paul Jones, and his band was rated by the late Charlie Gillett as one of the UK's greatest live bands. In the words of the late John Walters "Errol is as good a Harmonica player as anyone can reasonably hope to become, he is the real Deal." Errol will be accompanied by Kenrick Rowe on drums, Adam Blake on guitar and Lance Rose on double bass.
Kenrick Rowe (Drums) was born in Finchley and grew up in North London. He started off playing the guitar, but then started playing drums at the age of seventeen. He began playing drums in the music industry on the London Reggae circuit and his first break came from Sugar Minott. As a studio session drummer with over 30 years experience, Kenrick has worked with artistes such as: Janet Kay, Carol Thompson, Dennis Brown, The investigators, Peter Hunningale, The Mighty Diamonds, Alton Ellis, Jean Adebambo, Tiger, Sugar Minott, Jackie Mittoo and many other established artists in the British and Jamaican Reggae industry. He studied with American jazz drummer Clifford Jarvis, and crossed over to the Jazz, Latin, Soul & Funk circuits. He has worked with a number of leading Jazz artiste's such as Courtney Pine, Steve Williamson, Guy Barker, Jason Rebello, David Murray Big Band, Art Farmer, Ernest Ranglin, Jazz Jamaica All-stars, & Andy Shepherd. Kenrick has performed with Jazz Jamaica at the following Jazz Festivals: Antigua, St Lucia, Martinique, New Orleans, Central Park - Summer Jam, Jamaica Jazz and Heritage Festival, Japan Splash, Montreux, Hungarian & Singapore.
Adam Blake (Guitar) was born in Lincoln, England in July 1960 and immediately given a copy of 'Rocking Goose' by Johnny and the Hurricanes. What chance did he have? At the age of 18 months his parents moved to London without asking his permission or consulting him in any way and, around this time, it was noted that young Adam was unusually interested in records and had learned how to operate the record player. At four years old, he was taken to see the movie A Hard Day's Night and exposed to the Rolling Stones first album. At eight he bought his own record player. At eleven he started to learn guitar. At seventeen he dropped out of school to become a musician. It's been that way ever since.
Chastened but unrepentant, at the grand old age of 43 Blake divides his time between teaching guitar and bass at various schools that don't know he has no formal qualifications, doing gigs with Errol Linton's Blues Vibe, playing sitar with Cornershop from time to time, playing old records, watching movies, reading and writing. Over the years he has been a pro music journalist - writing for Music Week the UK Music Industry trade paper - and a session bassist for Natacha Atlas, the pseudo-Arabic diva. Just recently he has returned from a successful jaunt to Japan with Errol Linton. He is interested in politics, acting, literature, cartoons but above all music, any music, so long as it's truthful, with heart and humanity. Oh, and a bit of humour helps too...
Lance Rose (Double Bass) is a regular on the London jazz circuit, loved by fellow musicians for his 'feel'. Influences include Ska and Reggae and jazz greats Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers as well as Hard Bop music. His most valuable guidance has been from his dad the legendary Michael 'Bammi' Rose, who is part of Jools Holland's Big Band.
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