Jamaican Oldies Productions presents Derrick Harriott with the Drastics and more!
Exclusive "LEGENDS OF SKA" documentary film private screening for Saturday advance ticket holders only. Film producer General Moses will be presenting at 2 PM on Sunday, September 29 and will host a Q&A afterward. For more info: www.legendsofska.com
See the trailer here
JUMP UP RECORDS celebrates it's 20th Anniversary by creating JAMAICAN OLDIES PRODUCTIONS, a partnership with MAYNE STAGE to bring vintage Jamaican ska and reggae vocalists to Chicago. Our next event is ONE NIGHT ONLY with a true Legend of Ska, rocksteady and reggae - DERRICK HARRIOTT!
"Ask any Jamaican musician and they'll tell you the rocksteady days were the best days of Jamaican music" — Derrick Harriott
Derrick Harriott has worn many hats in his 50+ years on the Jamaican music scene. He is an accomplished singer, writer, arranger, band leader, and label owner, producing hit singles for numerous artists including Big Youth, The Chosen Few, Dennis Brown, The Ethiopians, Keith & Tex, and The Kingstonians. He has recorded and produced hits in nearly every Jamaican musical style, starting with rhythm & blues in the 50s, ska, rock steady, and early "skinhead reggae" in the 60s, pioneering dub and lovers rock in the 70s, plus excelling in various roots reggae styles from the 80's through the present day.
At the end of the 50's, while still a teen, Derrick formed legendary rhythm & blues act the Jiving Juniors with Eugene Dwyer, Herman Sang, and Maurice Winter. In 1960 and 1961 the group had hit singles with "Over The River" (for Coxsone Dodd) and "Lollipop Girl" (for Duke Reid). The band's early singles helped build the foundation for what would later become the Jamaican ska beat, often known as "blue beat" in Great Britain. In 1962, Harriott left the band to form his own record label, Crystal, and embark on a solo career. His first solo release, "I Care", was a big hit, other chart toppers followed with "What Can I Do" (1964), "The Jerk" (1965) and "I'm Only Human" (1965), all of which were included on his debut album issued by Island Records, "The Best Of Derrick Harriott". In 1967 he had further solo hits with "The Loser" and "Solomon", in addition to producing hits for others including The Ethiopians' "No Baptism", and Keith And Tex's "Tonight" and "Stop That Train".
Derrick Harriott was also well known for reworking old R&B love songs as reggae tunes, which was an early blueprint for what the English would name "Lovers Rock" a decade later. His gorgeous, soaring falsetto and his soulful phrasing drew heavily on American R&B, and it was no surprise that he found chart success with The Ink Spots' "Do I Worry?", The Delfonics' "La La Means I Love You", "Rock The Boat" by The Hues Corporation, Pete Wingfield's "Eighteen With A Bullet", The Temptations'"Since I Lost My Baby" and "Have You Seen Her?" by The Chi-Lites. Harriott's sophisticated, soul-styled sound caught the imagination of the Jamaican public - his recordings in the rocksteady style were superlative and still sound fresh and vibrant today.
Derrick didn't only sing about matters of the heart, his political stance could be heard loud and clear in the lyrics to "Message from a Black Man" (1970), which echoed the growing black consciousness in American soul music of that time. At the same time he issued the The Crystalites' "The Undertaker", a dark and moody instrumental reggae album in a similar vein to Lee Perry's Upsetters, who had been highly popular with Britian's skinhead audience. When it's follow up Derrick Harriott & The Crystalites "Psychedelic Train" was released later that year, it more than solidified his place in Jamaican music history, the album has achieved "holy grail" status among collectors of early or "skinhead" reggae.
In 1971, Swing Magazine named Harriott Top Producer of 1970, and his own "14 Chartbuster Hits" was a top selling album in 1973. Derrick Harriott is also credited to be one of the first to utilize King Tubby mixing talents, issuing two of the earliest dub albums, "Scub A Dub" in 1974 and "More Scrubbing The Dub" in 1975. He produced successful albums by other artists, including DJ Scotty's "Schooldays", Dennis Brown's "Super Reggae and Soul Hits", and as the decade drew to a close he utilized the Revolutionaries for Winston McAnuff's "Pick Hits To Click" (1978), DJ Ray I's "Rasta Revival" (1978) and his own "Enter The Chariot" and "Disco 6", a fine compilation featuring Dennis Brown, Cornell Campbell, and Horace Andy. TROJAN RECORDS issued the extremely successful collection "Songs For Midnight Lovers" in 1981 to insure that the new generation of "Lovers Rock" fans didn't forget about one of the genre's founding fathers. In the 80s Derrick continued to have hits with soul cover versions such as "Skin To Skin" and "Checking Out", and in 1988 scored with "Starting All Over Again", a duet with Yellowman, concerning the affects of Hurricane Gilbert.
Derrick's catalog came back strong during the mid-to-late '90s worldwide ska revival, seeing four excellent collections reissued by various labels: "Sings Jamaican Rock Steady Reggae", "For a Fistful of Dollars", "Derrick Harriott & Giants", and "Riding the Roots Chariot".
In July 2002 in Toronto, Canada, Derrick Harriott performed at the two-night "Legends of Ska" festival alongside The Skatalites, Rico Rodriguez, Lester Sterling, Johnny Moore, Lynn Taitt, Prince Buster, Alton Ellis, Lord Creator, Justin Hinds, Derrick Morgan and Lord Tanamo. It was filmed in hi-definition for an upcoming documentary film that's in the spirit of "Buena Vista Social Club", including interviews interspersed with concert footage, both old and new.
Recently, Japan's Dub Store Sound launched a massive reissue campaign with Derrick's Crystal Records, remastering his vast catalogue direct from the original tapes and pressing them on hi-quality double a-side 45 rpm singles. 40 singles in total are scheduled to be released here
We here at JUMP UP RECORDS and JAMAICAN OLDIES PRODUCTIONS are proud to have this Legend of Ska & Reggae performing in Chicago this September.
DERRICK HARRIOTT will be backed by THE DRASTICS from Chicago, who will also perform a full set of their reggae dub roots originals.
GREEN ROOM ROCKERS
From the muddy banks of Indiana's Wabash River comes the Soul Sonic, Blues Drenched, Sounds of Reggae and Ska that is the Green Room Rockers. Tuff concrete for your dancing feet thats served hot by the slice, for the right price. Honest, raw sounds influenced by Trojan Records, Studio one, Motown, Stax, Atlantic, Toots and the Maytals, The Wailers, The Skatalites, Lee Perry and The Upsetters, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, The Temptations, James Brown, and more. Music With SOUL.
The Drastics are modern roots music. Their sound fits as easily in a Kingston dancehall as it does in an artist's loft-party in the warehouse district. Though primarily classified as a reggae group, The Drastics embrace many styles of music both live and in the studio. This can be heard in their songs which draw from roots Jamaican music, hip hop, hard-bop jazz, afro-beat, dancehall, as well as folk music from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America. Take this powder keg cocktail of styles, add the pulse of gritty everyday urban living and you get one explosive sound. Not playing into any gimmicks or compromising to trends ("The Drastics deserve much credit for moving deep into unchartered territories" - allMusic Guide) The Drastics have been consistantly rocking crowds for three years from NYC to LA and everywhere in between ("dub masters, The Drastics ... never fail to put on a killer party" - TimeOut Chicago).
DJ Chuck Wren, Triton Soundsystem, Darren Reggae, Bryan Martin, and Feel The Rhythm DJs spin your favorite Jamaican oldies - strictly on vinyl. Stay late for the after party - DJs spin until 3 am in the Act One Pub (located in the front of Mayne Stage).
More Info Here
Exclusive "LEGENDS OF SKA" documentary film private screening for Saturday advance ticket holders only. Film producer General Moses will be presenting at 2 PM and will host a Q&A afterward. For more info: www.legendsofska.com
See the trailer by clicking here