Praised for their solid blend of Jamaican roots and jazz, Jamaican Jazz Orchestra starts off from the same as ska-forefathers The Skatalites: the individual talent of the jazz musicians. Plain rhythms give space for them to shine. Where as in the old ska, solo’s where mostly restricted, JJO gives room for them to last for minutes. The band incorporates elements of rocksteady, reggae, nyahbinghi and dub and mixes it with swing jazz and afrobeat.

In the career of composer Wouter Rosseel, Django Reinhardt was never far away, just as his love for Jamaican music from the 60’s & 70’s. Joining the band Pura Vida he had the opportunity to tour and record with The Congos and Lee “Scratch” Perry.

In 2014 Jamaican Jazz Orchestra singed with Belgian label Zephyrus Records. Two critically acclaimed albums and three singles have been released since then. As a result the band performed at several first class festivals creating a growing fanbase.



Rain Walk

4**** De Standaard
“…Jamaican Jazz Orchestra gaat waar geen Jamaicaans orkest hen is voorgegaan…”

Ernest Ranglin
“…Lovely album, lovely tunes and some real fine musicianship…”

Reggae Vibes – quoted 95%
“Jamaican Jazz Orchestra’s hybrid album will make you discover that Jazz and Jamaica were never so close.”


Ah Beh Bah / Big Belly Blues

A 7″ single with both sides worthwhile hearing. – Mr.T at Reggae Vibes



The first thing that came to mind when listening to ‘Encounters’, Jamaican Jazz Orchestra’s debut long player, was: “Damn, this sounds great!”, and hardly anything about this album hints at the fact that this is a Belgian production. ‘Encounters’ only counts nine tracks, so you’ll definitely need the repeat button. –Rebel Base