Skatalites at Bloomsbury Ballroom London Nov 24

The Independent ran a piece on The Skatalites earlier this week as they were in London playing a gig. The group today is as frenetic and has heralded in the ‘third wave of ska’ [the second being its take-up with the mods and skinheads in the 70s and 80s]. Recent London gigs have seen a queue of luminaries at the dressing room door, tells Stewart: “When we played at the Jazz Cafe we’ve had Desmond Dekker show up in the dressing room and then on stage, Courtney Pine, Gary Crosby – it’s like old home week.”

Of course there were cameras turned towards the stage that night to capture the proceedings so here is just one video from the gig at Bloomsbury Ballroom in London.

You can also read (or re-read) the Obit for Dizzy Moore from 2008 as well. It’s always good to remember the greats that have passed on.

Here’s a blurb:
“It is no exaggeration to say that the Jamaican band the Skatalites changed the course of popular music. Though they were only together for 15 months in the mid-Sixties, they helped originate the style of music known as ska. Forty-five years on, with its infectious syncopation, it still inspires the likes of Lily Allen, Ava Leigh and Amy Winehouse.”

I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.