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Jazzie B

(1963-), Musician and music producer; founder of Soul II Soul

Jazzie B (Beresford Romeo)

Sitter in 2 portraits
Born Beresford Romeo in Hornsey, London to parents of Antiguan descent, Jazzy B was the ninth of ten children. He formed Soul II Soul with Philip Harvey and Nellee Hooper in 1983. The group began by providing sound systems to warehouse parties and selling clothes, going onto make records by 1987. Club Classics. Volume 1 (1989) was the album that brought the band to the public eye with hits Keep on Movin, written by Jazzie B, and Back to Life. Jazzie B continues to be a major music producer and has signed dance act Wookie to his label. He was awarded an OBE (2008) and in the same year, the first Inspiration award at the Ivor Novello Awards, for being "a pioneer".

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Jazzie B, by Simon Frederick - NPG P2060

Jazzie B

by Simon Frederick
archival inkjet print, 2016
NPG P2060

Jazzie B, by Mark Guthrie - NPG x125117

Jazzie B

by Mark Guthrie
C-type colour print, 1999
NPG x125117




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