New York Ska Jazz Ensemble
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The New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble (NYSJE) is an internationally renowned recording and touring group. Since the band’s inception in 1994, they have released Six studio & 2 live albums and they have performed regularly throughout Europe, UK, Russia, Canada, USA, Japan and South America.

NYSJE’s recordings and performances have garnered them critical acclaim for their high energy, creative originals, kinetic ska interpretations of jazz standards, as well as their potent mix of dance hall, reggae, rock steady and jazz. Performance highlights include: The North Sea Jazz Festival, Haarlem Jazz Festival (Netherlands), Dour Festival (Belgium), Printemps de Bourges, Jazz in Marciac (France), Summer Jam & Reggae Jam (Germany), Rototom Sunsplash (Italy & Spain), Rock For People Festival, Sazava Festival, Colours of Ostrava (Czech Republic), Pohoda Festival (Slovakia), Sziget Festival (Hungary), Mare de Agosto (Portugal), Augustibuller Festival (Sweden) The Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada), The Quebec Festival de Musique (Canada), Musiques en été (Switzerland) Tokyo Ska Jamboree (Japan), Russia, UK, The Bob Marley Reggae Festival with Israel Vibration and Sister Carol, and The Discover and Bell Atlantic Jazz festivals in the U.S. In addition, NYSJE has the singular distinction of being the first American Ska band to play in Poland after the wall came down.


The band had been featured in Downbeat, Reggae Nucleus, The Beat, Ragga Magazine and Jazziz magazines. NYSJE’ s music can be heard regularly on television– on the Nickelodeon network, MTV’s “Road Rules”, as well as two nationally airing Campbell’s Soup Commercials. In Italy, their video, “Properly,” airs on MTV.

NYSJE’s albums are distributed by Stomp Records in Canada, Megalith Records in U.S.A, Grover Records (Germany), Alternative (Italy), Brixton Records (Spain) & Mosaic Music Distribution (France) in Europe. The band have toured Europe extensively, playing 24 countrys (Hungary, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, England, Spain, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia, England, Lithuania, Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus & Italy).


NYSJE’s new studio album (Double Edge) will be released this summer. The band puts on an incredible live show so check the tour dates page for upcoming shows in your area.


The New York Ska Jazz Ensemble is :

Fred Reiter Saxophone, Flute
Yao Dinizulu Drums
Wayne Batchelor Bass
Alberto Tarin Guitar
Earl Appleton Keyboards
Ric Becker Trombone