Respect | Jamaican Jazz Orchestra

Irie Magazine | Respect | Jamaican Jazz Orchestra

Jamaican Jazz Orchestra

Ah Beh Bah

Belgian guitarist and componist Wouter Rosseel’s love for Django Reinhardt, Sonny Rollins and swing jazz on one hand and reggae, rocksteady and ska on the other, has moved him to create Jamaican Jazz Orchestra. With ingenious compositions that enter fluidly, Wouter has succeeded in finding the sweet spot where jazz and Jamaica meet, once in a while sidestepping to afrobeat and nyahbinghi.

Several renovated jazz musicians, most of them Ghent based joined the project and in 2013 Jamaican Jazz Orchestra was born. After a demo and an EP, Jamaican Jazz Orchestra released their first full album ‘Encounters’ in 2015 on Zephyrus Records.

On November 22, 2018, they’ve released an instrumental vinyl single with two new songs. (Ah Beh Bah / Big Belly Blues).

Early 2019 the band hits the studio to record their second full album. Recording on analog tape, allowing producer Tom Callens (Lady Linn, Little Dots, South of the Border) and mixing engineer Victor Rice to uncover that typical old school sound of reggae and jazz recordings between 60’s and early 80’s. The full album is expected in autumn 2019.