Jazzie B has been a regular on London radio since Kiss FM was a pirate. He has had a spell running Motown in the UK, designed a sneaker for the Lacoste Legends range and presented James Brown with the Diesel U Music Lifetime Achievement award, an honour the late Mr Brown would accept in person on the one condition that it was Jazzie who presented it to him.
Jazzie’s production and remixing skills have benefitted a procession of artists such as Teena Marie, Cheryl Lynn and The Jones Girls; and co-produced Maxi Priest and The Chimes. He has remixed for, among others, Public Enemy (So Whatcha Gonna Do) Johnny Gill (Wrap My Body Tight); Fine Young Cannibals (I’m Not The Man I Used To Be); Incognito (Change); and, perhaps most memorably, Family Stand’s international smash hit Ghetto Heaven.
Jazzie has also put together some of the greatest club classics collections of recent years, drawing on his sets from the
legendary Africa Centre parties and other dances from back in the day.
Jazzie B is an in-demand DJ, playing out as far afield as the USA, Dubai and Croatia, and rocking prestigious houses such
as the Lovebox Festival; the Southport Weekender; the Baltic Festival; and the Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash at
London’s Roundhouse in 2010, in which Jazzie’s club classics held their own against Trojan, Metalheadz and Digital Mystikz.
The emotional high point of Jazzie’s DJ career, though, was Back II Life Antigua, a one week festival with a series of
sophisticated events hosted by the original sound system DJ’s; Jazzie B, David Rodigan, Trevor Nelson & Norman Jay;
at some of the worlds most stunning and exclusive venues, including Jazzie’s house.
Jazzie has been honoured for his services to the community as well as his music. In 2008, Jazzie became the first UK sound man to be invited to a Buckingham Palace investiture, when he was awarded an OBE for services to music, by Her Majesty the Queen. In the same year, he was awarded the inaugural Ivor Novello Award for inspiration; when it was presented to Jazzie, the announcer described him as “the man who gave British black music a soul of its own”. In 2013, Jazzie was honoured by his birthplace, Finsbury Park, when local residents selected three distinguished sons and daughters of the area for their contribution and inspiration to the community. An ironwork sculpture of him now stands at the Portrait Bench by the station forecourt, alongside suffragette Edith Garrud and health pioneer Florence Keen.
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