The original Jazz Warriors, (a 25 plus members strong) band, was setup in the 1980′s for the many young Black jazz musicians around the UK who felt disenfranchised by the UK jazz scene. They experienced exclusion from venues and promoters who would not offer them bookings! In response, to individual and collective exclusion from certain established bands and clubs, they set about looking for alternative venues that would host their music.The Jazz Warriors provided black British musicians with an avenue to showcase their talents, which until that time was limited. Courtney Pine, Steve Williamson, Cleveland watkiss, Phillip Bent and Orphy Robinson went on to achieve Intenational success relesaing Albums on celebrated jazz record labels. According to musician/writer John Chilton, “… [the Jazz Warriors] proved to be the launching pad for the stellar talents of a number of important jazz musicians.” The original big band released an award winning album – 1987′s Out of Many, One People – the big band remained together until 1994, despite many of the original members leaving to start their own careers. Certain new young members continued to gain national prominence which further highlighted the talent pool of young Black musicians attracted to the Jazz Warrriors these included many future Award winning musicians these included Jason Yarde, Dennis and Winston Rollins, Robert Mitchell, Clarence Adoo, Byron Wallen, Rowland Sutherland, Tony Kofi, Robert Fordjour, Steve and Peter Lewinson, Tony Remy, Patrick Clahar to name a few..
The Jazz Warriors continued performing and touring with the help of a committee formed from senior members of the Warriors until formally closing in the late 1990s. An EP had been released on their own label Jazz Warriors records. This was well received internationally and appeared on a best selling compilation on 4th & Bway (1993) “The rebirth of the Cool Vol 2″ with an unreleased album still in the cans that has never been released.
In 2011 A new Jazz Warriors International organisation was formed by some members of the 1980′s Jazz Warriors embracing the historic legacy of the original Jazz Warriors. Stated for public launch 1 year after its Press launch, The Jazz Warriors International will be stepping back into the spotlight of the Jazz arena and reclaiming a rightful place as leaders for change, fairness, balance and equal opportunities for all within the Arts. They will be bringing back an exciting brand of music to the various celebrated platforms for expression synonymous today with a worldwide audience for live music but connecting the existing available strands to embrace and engage with the many exciting new areas of media that exist now and will in the future.