An outreach event exploring the influence and impact the Christian gospel message had on the development of Jazz. 

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For enquiries email: therootsofjazzevent@gmail.com

The evening explores two parallel stories, two stories that are intertwined in a profound way. The two stories are the history of Jazz, particularly the roots of Jazz and also ‘His story’, history itself. The stories are both framed and united by a common theme, the theme of slavery.

“The best evangelistic event I have seen in years!”


The Roots of Jazz CD recorded live at Carey Baptist Church Reading is out (£10) – profits go to anti-slavery charities. If you’d prefer a digital version you can buy, stream and download that here.

And it is also available on most streaming services check it out here

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If you would like to give to the work of The Roots of Jazz you can do so here

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We encourage churches to run the event as a charity event in support of A21 or Tamar– Christian charities working to abolish human trafficking/modern day slavery.




Some very sad news. Our dear friend and band member Melvin Reeves passed away in Nov 2020. We will greatly miss him. He was such a character and we all consider it a privilege to have known him and performed with him on this project! We have many fond memories of him and we look forward to when we can jam with him again in the new creation!


Melvin Reeves


A video from Andre’s solo on Strasbourg St Denis at All Souls London

For more information about the event please contact therootsofjazzevent@gmail.com

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  1. Thank for a great evening in Maidenhead. Your playing was sublime. Vocally transcendant. Message global. xxx


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