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Issue #1 of Trombone Man is here!

Having successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter in November 2022, issue #1 of Trombone Man, is now in print. Titled Barefoot Boy, it is currently available to purchase directly from the publisher, Adam Reeves until we get our online store sorted. Copies cost £12 plus shipping. Email alkreeves(AT)gmail.com. Alternatively you can purchase from our crowdfund page at Indiegogo, along with prints, stickers, badges, t-shirts etc. 

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This first print run is just 750 copies. It comes with a downloadable single by Swiss ska band the Skatanauts and features a print of the cover. Each copy is numbered and signed by writer Adam Reeves. There is a limited edition alternate cover (just 250), only available as an additional purchase to the standard cover. 

 

Contact: adamreeves@hearsaymedia.co.uk

Tel: 07517-285637

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Hearsay Media brings you Trombone Man: Ska's Fallen Genius a comic book series about the life and times of Don Drummond, one of the greatest musicians ever to have emerged from Jamaica. My name is Adam Reeves, a lifelong fan of ska and reggae music and co-author of Alpha Boys School: Cradle of Jamaican Music, a book about the school in Jamaica that started a music revolution.

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Comic writer and publisher Adam Reeves (right) with illustrator Costantinos Pissourios, and Pixel the dog, posing by Costantinos' home-built reggae soundsystem, Cyprus, 2022. This shot was the inspiration for the Hearsay Media logo, above, a reggae twist on RCA's iconoc His Master's Voice.

A Comic Book Series

Hearsay Media brings you Trombone Man: Ska's Fallen Genius a comic book series about the life and times of Don Drummond, one of the greatest musicians ever to have emerged from Jamaica. My name is Adam Reeves, a lifelong fan of ska and reggae music and co-author of Alpha Boys School: Cradle of Jamaican Music, a book about the school in Jamaica that started a music revolution.

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The Life of Don Drummond

Since his untimely death in 1969, Don Drummond's life has been surrounded in mystery and myth. Very little was known about him outside of Jamaica, with little readily available information. When in 2013, Don Drummond: The Genius and Tragedy of the World's Greatest Trombonist was published by ska historian Heather Augustyn, many questions were answered. Heather and her publisher McFarlane have kindly given me permission to adapt her fascinating biography of Drummond into comic book form

Street Art

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In November 2021, a piece of street art was created on the side of a hi-fi shop in Brighton, UK to announce the imminent arrival of Trombone Man: Ska's Fallen Genius. It was created by Brighton graffiti artist Fek, who I met in March 2021. It took many months of searching to find a legal wall to paint on. Eventually we were given the go-ahead by the manager of the branch of Richer Sounds hi-fi stores on London Road, Brighton, who was happy to have a mural that was all about music on the side of the shop.

The Skatalites

Ska exploded out of Jamaica in the early 1960s, a hybrid mutation of rhythm and blues, jazz, mento, calypso, mambo, military march music, gospel and soul – blended together into a uniquely Jamaican, captivating dance rhythm. A genius ska and jazz trombonist, with his band the Skatalites, Don Drummond made some of the most brilliant ska recordings of all time. But just as his star was rising, he crashed and burned – leaving behind a brief but prolific legacy that is revered by ska fans and musicians around the world almost sixty years later.

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Illustrator

After an extensive search and several try-outs, I was fortunate to have found Cypriot digital illustrator Costantinos Pissourios, who works under the name Versioncos. Cos lives and breathes reggae music. For several years he has created reggae LP covers and event posters for ….., as well as his own artwork inspired by his love of Jamaican music and culture.

During lockdown Cos fulfilled a long held dream of building his own reggae sound system which he has named Riddim In Green, inspired by the Cyprus forest where he lives.  Costantinos Pissourios (AKA Versioncos) is a digital illustrator who has created an international reputation for his expressive imagery celebrating Jamaican music culture. He lives off-grid in the beautiful Cyprus countryside and runs his own home-built reggae soundsystem, Riddim In Green. I am so excited to have Cos on board to create Trombone Man: Ska's Fallen Genius - his passion for the subject shines through in everything he creates.

 

Here's a few samples of Cos' reggae themed work.

Watch Cos create the first character study for Don Drummond in time lapse.

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Trombone Man: Ska's Fallen Genius is an independently published project. Each new issue will be crowdfunded using the Kickstarter platform. If you are excitied to see this important slice of history come to life in comic book form, you can back my crowedfund campaign. As well as pre-ordering issue #1, there will be unique branded merchandise including T-shirts, DJ slipmats and high quality art prints. To be notified when the crowdfund goes live, sign-up to the crowdfund pre-launch page here

Alpha Boys School

In 2017, Heather Augustyn and I co-authored and independently published Alpha Boys School: Cradle of Jamaican Music about the musical school run by nuns that produced many of Jamaica's greatest musicians, including Drummond himself, who was the school's 'golden boy' in the late 1940s. Founded by Roman Catholic nuns in the late 19th Century, the Alpha Boys School music program produced some of the greatest jazz, ska and reggae musician ever to come out of Jamaica, including four members of the original 1960s Skatalites line-up, Don Drummond, Tommy McCook, Lester Stirling and Johnny 'Dizzy' Moore.

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