It is with a very heavy heart that Im having to share that this time next week will be my last day at Jazzman Records

I found about the news more or less the same day I got back from Thailand, but I haven’t really been in a position to share it on the blog, at least not mentally, until now because I wasn’t sure how to approach it and what to say.

And if I’m honest, I still don’t really know what to say because it’s very difficult to cover 4½ years of feelings and thoughts in one blog post.

But I can tell you this much:

It has been an absolute pleasure working for and with Jazzman Gerald. He is one of the most knowledgeable and honest people I know and have worked for in the music industry, and I have a huge amount of respect for the way he carries out his business.

I do not regret a single second that I have spent working for Jazzman Records – I gave my job 110% of everything I had to give and in return I learnt so much about this industry as well as myself.

Not many people in this world get the chance to work with something that they really love and feel so passionate about – so I am eternally grateful for  the fact that I have been able to wake up every morning for almost 5 years and go to a job that I have loved with all my heart.

I’m not going to lie, we’re all pretty gutted that I can’t keep my role at the company, but I suppose even the best of things come to an end sometimes…

But despite these sad news I do have a very positive outlook on the future and I am convinced that this is life’s way of forcing me to go and experience and learn new things, set myself new challenges, and generally just making sure that I continue to grow as a person.

So don’t worry, this definitely isn’t goodbye forever as I will continue to do some Jazzman related things on the side including the bi-monthly events and hopefully the radio show on NTS as well, I just won’t be there on a full-time permanent basis.

Hello my friends!

Im still recovering from the weekend and pinching myself to make sure that it wasn’t all a dream.

What is wrong with Groovin' 22nd Nov at the Alibi

First off – THANK YOU SO MUCH to all of you who made it down to the Alibi this past Saturday! I still can’t get my head around the fact that so many people showed up!

Jazzman Gerald djing at alibi

Gerald was late (surprise surprise!) but when he showed up, he did so with an entire suitcase (!!) full of records – mainly 45s to be exact .

Orsii djing at alibi

Since me and Dom only had singles with us as well it turned into a 45s ONLY affair and we played all the bangers we possibly could, had a few drinks, quite a few laughs, and we even squeezed in some dancing before it got too crowded on the dancefloor.

So if you didn’t come down, you totally missed out on all the fun and simply HAVE TO COME to the next one – pinky promise me that!

jdanna performing

Sunday evening we went back to Dalston to attend a private performance by the incredibly talented South London artist J’Danna.

If that name sounds familiar it’s because I wrote about her back in 2012 when she performed this Gil Scott-Heron tribute, Winter in America, at Worldwide Awards:

This was her 19th birthday celebration and she kindly gifted us with a fantastic evening that consisted of her showcasing her new material with a live band, including this banger by Julio Bashmore where she provides the lead vocals:

Safe to say I cried at least 3 times because she has blossomed into such a talented young woman :’) And to make it even better, after the show she was presented with a big cake which was made by my friend Candice – what a small world ey!?

 jdanna bday cake

The cake was sooo yummy that I had to lick my napkin clean to get all the frosting off haha. Im not a big cake person overall, so for me to do that is a big deal ;)

Eating some of jdannas bday cakeAll in all it was an amazing weekend – a bit hectic and I was very worried about how the event would go down – but you what? When my head hit the pillow late Sunday night, all I could feel was how thankful I am to be able to work and do what I love, it’s a blessing even though it makes a tough life from time to time.