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The Rezidents

The Rezidents

The Rezidents is led by bassist and composer Gary Crosby, co-founder of the jazz development organisation Tomorrow’s Warriors.

Professional musicians who have a link to Tomorrow’s Warriors reconnect and make music together in a relaxed and collaborative way.

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Jazz Verse Jukebox

Jazz Verse Jukebox February 2017

In February 2019 I was invited as a guest artist to Jumoké Fashola’s Jazz Verse Jukebox at Hoxton Hall (London, UK) and was thrilled to close a fabulous evening of poetry and jazz.

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Swinging at the Cotton Club

Swinging at the Cotton Club

‘Swinging at The Cotton Club’ is the action-packed show celebrating the music, dance, and songs of the Cotton Club – New York City’s legendary nightclub of the 1920s and ‘30s. I joined the cast as a guest solo tap dancer

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Associate Artist at ACA Residency 169

GoFundMe Associate Artist ACA Residency 169, Florida, USA

Support Annette Walker’s continuing professional development project. She’s been accepted as an Associate Artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts’s Residency 169 and requires further financial assistance towards the costs.

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One Dance UK AGM 2017

One Dance UK AGM 2017 House of Commons

One Dance UK hosted its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the House of Commons on 7 December 2017. I was invited to perform at the event with Gary Crosby (Artistic Director of Tomorrow’s Warriors). We had just recently started working

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Bloom Festival: Evening of Jazz Dance and Music

ODUK Bloom Festival 2017 - An Evening of Jazz

The expert panel of artists for this event: Dr S. Ama Wray, Annette Walker, Jreena Green, Sean Graham, Gary Nurse, Joyce Gyimah and Gary Crosby OBE

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Piano lessons: I-Play Music Centre

I-Play Music

From September 2016 I’ll be starting my first teaching piano/keyboard lessons at I-Play Music centre in Surrey. After many early years of classical piano study and later years studying and playing jazz, pop, gospel and other styles I’m excited to be able to pass on and share my continuously growing knowledge and experience with others.

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CB Johnson Big Band (previously WTW Big Band)

CB Johnson directing the WTW Big Band, Arlington Sq, 2013

2020 update: The WTW Big Band was renamed the CB Johnson Big Band in 2019 in honour of the late CB “Cool” Johnson who was the Music Director for many years and an integral member of the music community. CB was a kind and generous musician and facilitator that generated a safe and nurturing environment for new and existing musicians alike and will be greatly missed. RIP CB.

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Gigs galore: Film, Circus, Music and Tap dance

Music notes clipart

Is it possible for me to learn a piano Latin jazz number, based on a Oscar Peterson version, and two songs in time for the debut performance of a new tap company? How about trying my hand at compering for a circus cabaret? Now seems like a good time to take on my first ever physically demanding, feature film job. And while I’m at it, why not throw in a couple of solo guest featured tap dance gigs? Let’s not forget about learning and playing the keyboard in a band for a music gig at the RFH. All in just over one month? Go!

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Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts (2015)

February and March 2015 saw 2 Ellington Sacred Concerts just a week a part. Given that this is not a regularly performed concert and that I had only ever done one before it was a very unusual occurrence. Given that they fell in what became an insanely busy month here’s a little account of how they went.

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