New York Ska Jazz Ensemble
November 17, 2023
About the Artist
The New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble is a super-band formed by eight musicians from legendary Ska groups well-known around the globe (The Skatalites, The Toasters, and Scofflaws). NYSJE proudly proclaims the connection between jazz and original ska but also adds today's attitude and skills.
NYSJE's recordings and performances have garnered them critical acclaim for their high energy, creative originals, kinetic ska interpretations of jazz standards, and their potent mix of dance hall, reggae, rock steady, and jazz. Performance highlights include The North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, The Quebec Festival de Musique, Musiques en Ete (Geneva), The Bob Marley Reggae Festival with Israel Vibration and Sister Carol, and The Discover and Bell Atlantic Jazz festivals in the U.S. In addition, NYSJE has the singular distinction of being the first American Ska band to play in Poland after the wall came down.
The band had been featured in Downbeat, Reggae Nucleus, The Beat, Ragga, and Jazziz magazines. NYSJE s music can be heard regularly on television– on the Nickelodeon network, MTVs Road Rules, and two nationally airing Campbells Soup Commercials.