The Windrush Suite

Vortex Jazz Club in partnership with Colston Hall & St Paul's Carnival

The Windrush Suite is a new body of work by composer Renell Shaw to mark the occasion of Windrush Day 22 June 2020. The suite of music will be broadcast live Monday 22 June 8pm with a specially created montage of visuals, and introduction by Kevin Le Gendre (writer/broadcaster) and Dave Holland (bassist).

To mark the occasion of Windrush Day, The Windrush Suite is by composer and arranger Renell Shaw, supported by the PRS for Music Foundation, in association with The Vortex Jazz Club/The Shape of Jazz to Come.

The pieces are inspired by the men, women and children, who latterly became known as the ‘Windrush Generation’. The music pays homage to the complex origins of the people: Their lives ‘away’. Their longings, loves, disappointments, and will to survive. Being at home but not home.

We celebrate the contributions of this vibrant community to the cultural and social life of Britain. The rich diasporic musical traditions of the Caribbean find contemporary expression in Shaw’s work, as well as new home in a new melting pot of bubbling creativity. The specially commissioned tracks will be available for download on Vortex Jazz Club on Bandcamp.


Renell Shaw Compositions, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Percussion
Orphy Robinson MBE Vibes, Marimba, Percussion
Ayanna Witter-Johnson Cello
Samson Jatto Drums
Taurean Antoine-Chargar Saxophones
Nandi Lead Vocals
Delycia Belgrave Backing Vocals, tap dance

Coco Shaw Film visuals and editing
Kathianne Hingwan Artistic producer for the project

Presented by Vortex Jazz Club in partnership with Colston Hall & St Paul’s Carnival

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