In 2012, this unprecedented project both in size and pedigree got international attention well before anyone outside its inner circle even heard a single note. The ska world knew something magical was brewing on the west coast of the United States: an amalgamation of forces this music had never seen before, forming the world’s premier ska supergroup. This all-star orchestra is comprised of internationally acclaimed jazz and ska artists setting a new bar for the music. With musicians like Wayne Bergeron, Andy Martin, Danny Janklow, Adam Schroeder, Michael Stever, Sean Billings, Bob Sheppard, Willie Murillo and others from LA’s elite big bands: The Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Bob Mintzer Big Band, and the Brian Setzer Orchestra this group is unquestionably legitimized as a force to be reckoned with. The rhythm section, made up of world-renowned ska musicians like Joey Altruda, Korey “Kingston” Horn (Aggrolites), Scott Abels (Jimmy Cliff, Hepcat), Brian Dixon (Aggrolites), Fredo Ortiz (Yeska, Beastie Boys), gives WST Ska Orchestra it’s flawless “old school” traditional Jamaican roots sound. This project offers listeners of jazz, world music, Latin, and Jamaican music everything they are looking for- organic, fun, danceable, & exciting music! They have recently announced the release of their upcoming album which will come out summer of 2015. This most recent release brings out a rougher and tougher side to this group. It digs deeper into the more obscure and heavier cuts from the golden era of ska- the early 1960’s and features ska icons such as Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Vic Ruggiero (The Slackers), Chris Murray, Colin Giles, The Expanders, Greg Lee and Alex Désert (Hepcat). This is a very exciting time for this unique and groundbreaking group! They have recently performed on national television, are getting international radio airplay, headlining jazz festivals, playing Opera houses, and performing huge outdoor concert series. By infusing elements of jazz, particularly big band jazz, into the contemporary musical mix, this group of Jamaican jazz gunslingers is rebranding the music of yesteryear and propelling it into the future.
Great feedback from the press and fans on the new release. We are excited for people to hear this new take on our favorite music.