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New York Ska Jazz Ensemble



July 11, 2024

About the Artist


The New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble (NYSJE) is an internationally renowned recording and touring group. Since originating the “ska-jazz" style and name in 1994, the group, led by founder Rock Steady Freddie, has released 15 albums and toured the world endlessly, thrilling audiences of all ages and musical persuasions with their highly infectious danceable rhythms coupled with world-class jazz improvisations. NYSJE has logged over 90 European tours to date and continues to perform regularly throughout Europe, Canada, USA, Mexico, the
Caribbean, South America, and the Far East.

NYSJE’s recordings and performances have garnered worldwide critical acclaim for their high energy, creative originals, kinetic ska interpretations of jazz standards, as well as 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), as well as the Bob Marley Reggae Festival (with Israel Vibration and Sister Carol),

The Discover and Bell Atlantic Jazz festivals in the USA. 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 and MTV programs, as well as two nationally airing Campbell’s Soup Commercials. In Italy, their video, Properly, airs on MTV.

NYSJE's song "Prime Suspect” is featured in the HBO documentary “Redemption," which was nominated for a 2014 Academy Award. The song and documentary were featured on all Delta Airlines International flights.

Approaching their 30th year, NYSJE shows no sign of slowing down! Their latest studio recording, “In The Moment,” finds the band in top creative and musical form, delivering the goods at the highest level in the NYSJE tradition! Forward Selector!!!

Fred “Rocksteady Freddie” Reiter - saxophone/flute/vocals
Kevin “KB” Batchelor - trumpet/vocals
Andy Bassford - bass
Karl Wright - drums/vocals
Andy Stack- guitar
Cary Brown - keyboards/vocals

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