A foundational group in Jamaica’s mid-60s ska scene, The Skatalites melded big band arrangements, jazz and rhythm and blues to create an infectious, horn-driven sound called ska. In addition to backing now legendary artists such as Toots and The Maytals and The Wailing Wailers, The Skatalites featured musicians such as saxophonist Roland Alphonso, trombonist Don Drummond, and served as the starting point for producers Coxsone Dodd and Duke Reid.
Although the original band broke up more than 60 years ago, The Skatalites continue to drive the spirit of 1964 with a heavy ska beat. The Skatalites have been nominated for a Grammy, recorded an album in 2011 featuring original drummer Lloyd Knibb and continue to perform with original vocalist Doreen Shaffer.
The Skatalites will share the stage with Massachusetts-based The Alchemystics, whose rock and hip-hop influenced reggae is modern-day roots music with global appeal.
See reggae past and present at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday, Feb. 23.