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Jay Kayof Jamiroquai performs at a concert. Background information Origin England, United KingdomGenre(s)Acid Jazz, Funk, Disco, Soul, Pop, Rock, ElectronicaYears active 1992–present Label(s)Acid Jazz, Sony BMG, ColumbiaAssociated acts Brand New Heavies, GuruInfluences Stevie WonderWebsite Jason Kay
Rob Harris
Paul Turner
Matt Johnson
Derrick McKenzie
Sola Akingbola
Lorraine McIntosh
Hazel Fernandez
Sam Smith Former members Gavin Dodds
Simon Katz
Nick Fyffe
Stuart Zender
Simon Carter
Toby Smith
Mike Smith
Nick Van Gelder
Darren Galea (a.k.a. DJ D-Zire)
Winston Rollins
Adrian Revell
Wallis Buchanan

Jamiroquai is a Grammy Award-winning English acid jazz/funk/soul band. Jamiroquai was initially the most prominent component in the early-1990s London-based acid jazz movement, alongside groups such as Incognito, the Brand New Heavies, Galliano, and Corduroy. Subsequent albums have explored other musical directions such as, but not limited to, pop, rock and electronica. Jamiroquai has sold over one million records in the United States alone.[citation needed]




The band name is a blend of Jam session and "iroquai", based on the Iroquois, a Native American tribe.[1] The lineup of the band has changed several times, and the longest serving and now core members of the band are lead singer and songwriter Jason "Jay" Kay and drummer Derrick McKenzie (1994). Despite his self-professed attempts to treat Jamiroquai as a band, Kay has always been at the forefront of how the group is marketed, and has therefore always had the lion's share of media attention, to the point where he is viewed as almost a solo artist. He was the impetus behind the formation of Jamiroquai, deciding to form the band after an unsuccessful audition to become the singer of the Brand New Heavies.

Sony BMG

Jamiroquai's first single, "When You Gonna Learn", was released in 1992 on the Acid Jazz label. Following its success, Kay signed an eight-album record deal with Sony BMG Music Entertainment. The first Sony album, Emergency on Planet Earth was released in 1993. It was followed in 1994 by The Return of the Space Cowboy. The single "Space Cowboy" gained notice on the charts and in club rotation.

While Jamiroquai was growing in popularity in the UK and Western Europe, they remained relatively unknown to U.S and other international audiences. The band's international breakthrough came with the third album, Travelling Without Moving in 1996, which yielded two big hits, "Virtual Insanity" and "Cosmic Girl". The success of "Virtual Insanity" was due in part to its Jonathan Glazer-directed video, which featured Kay's dance moves and some gravity-defying images. At the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, the creative videoclip for "Virtual Insanity" won four awards, including Best Video, Best Special Effects, Best Cinematography, and Breakthrough Video.

In 2003 Jamiroquai compiled and mixed a DJ mix album for the Late Night Tales series for Azuli Records. The track selection shows some of the band's funk, soul and disco influences, including tracks from The Pointer Sisters, The Commodores, Johnny "Hammond" Smith and Marvin Gaye.

The acid jazz flavours and ethnic influences of the first three albums continued with the release of Synkronized in 1999. Jay Kay's interest in funk and disco music were shifting the band's directions towards such. By their fifth album, A Funk Odyssey (2001), they had evolved so drastically, that some critics and listeners would remark they lost the 'Jamiroquai sound'. With the departure of more and more original band members, including Wallis Buchanan and his didgeridoo, Jamiroquai had become a very different band than that of 1992. In spite of the changes, the fifth album's first single, "Little L", reached #1 in many charts worldwide.

Their sixth album, titled Dynamite was released on June 20, 2005. It reached #3 on the UK charts. The first single, "Feels Just Like It Should" was released early in June, the second, "Seven Days in Sunny June" released on August 15th, 2005, followed by the third, "(Don't) Give Hate A Chance" on November 7, 2005.

Jamiroquai released a greatest hits collection, High Times: Singles 1992-2006 in November 2006. The release of this album marked the end of Kay’s eight-album contract with Sony. The album reached the number 1 spot in the UK album chart after its first week of release. The album featured two new tracks, "Runaway" and "Radio". On September 18, 2006, "Runaway" was given its first play by UK radio stations. It was released as a single on October 30, 2006. Kay remarked that compilation was released purely out of contractual obligation: "2006, they're out of the fucking picture." [2]


In October 2006, Jamiroquai recorded a live session for Live from Abbey Road at Abbey Road Studios. Their performance was shown alongside those of Damien Rice and the Goo Goo Dolls on the UK's Channel 4 in January 2007. In May 2006 Jamiroquai performed during the Laureus Sports Awards in Barcelona;[3] the event was later televised by NBC in June.

In March 2006, Jamiroquai announced their switch to Columbia Records. Future releases will appear under the Columbia imprint.[4]

In March 2007, the Daily Mail stated that Jay Kay planned to retire so that he could raise a family. In an interview, the 37-year-old Kay said that the only thing that mattered now was "having kids and finding a good woman." [5] In response to the Daily Mirror article Jay Kay wrote a statement on the official Jamiroquai site:

“ As usual they got it wrong for a cheap headline! All I said was that we’re taking a bit of time out to get the studio refurbished and we’ll be back making music in a few months time. There’s no way I’m quitting the music business - now I am out of my long contract with SonyBMG we have so many options open to us we’re just going to take our time and get it right - it's just getting interesting! ”


Kay expressed dissatisfaction with his former record label Sony Music. In a November 2006 interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, he commented that "These days it's 18% music and it's bloody 82% marketing bullshit [...] Next time I do an album, I'm gonna put it up on the internet for five fucking dollars."

These comments, and other recent comments in an interview with The Sun ("There are other things I want to do with my life [...] I want peace and quiet and to meet a nice girl and have some little pitter-patterers and chill out."[7]) fueled rumours that the Dynamite tour of 2005/2006 would be cancelled.

After leaving Sony, the band began work on their seventh project, and several collaborations and side-projects. In a very short mid-2007 interview with Jamirotalk, drummer Derrick McKenzie expressed his satisfaction with leaving Sony as the beginning of a period in which the band will have more creative control over their own work, together with plenty of room for experimentation and lack of pressure from a record company.[8]

On October 16, 2007, the band Nude Continuum announced a collaboration with McKenzie. The collaboration has, according to the article, spawned a remix and several guest appearances of McKenzie on several Nude Continuum songs and vice versa.[9]

On 19 November 2007, the band's percussionist, Solá Akingbolá released an album called "Routes to Roots". The album is focused strongly on the Yoruba people's music. In an interview with David Rowe, owner of [], Akingbolá said[10]:

This album came out of the question - "Where are the Yoruba Drummers in the global fraternity of Drummers?" The cultural influence of the Yorubas in the diaspora runs very deep. The sound, the groove, the swing in my playing is rooted in the style of traditional Yoruba drummers I grew up listening to as a boy. My dream has always been to play alongside these amazing players. This album is a dream come true and an honour. The ground work led me to places in my cultural tradition that were full of surprises and inspired more questions than answers. Philosophical, Historical, Religious and Musical. I hope this album will seduce young drummers in Yorubaland and the diaspora to delve deeper into their pre-Islamic/Christian musical history. The music of the Yorubas is in the language, the language is inseparable from the drums. No other groove can reach my heart, hands and feet like this one. If I can transfer a fraction of that to the listeners, I'll be a happy man.

On January 11, 2008, Jason himself posted a news item in which he thanked everyone who wished him the best for his birthday, and announced that the writing process for the new album has just begun.[11] Only a day earlier, drummer Derrick McKenzie posted an article on his MySpace weblog that the recording process for the same record has also begun.[12]

On January 15, 2008, the band confirmed that the recording process has begun. According to the news item, eleven tracks have already been written for the new album, with more to come. As of now, none of the tracks' names are known. [13]

On February 13, 2008, the band announced from their website that it will perform at the World Stage of the Rock in Rio - Madrid festival, being held in Arganda del Rey, Madrid with others artists who have yet to be announced.[14]

On February 28, 2008, Jamiroquai performed at the Khodynka Arena in Moscow, Russia at the launch of the new Audi A4 car.

In pop culture


Main article: Jamiroquai discography
Year Album U.K. Pop AlbumsU.S. Pop AlbumsU.S. Electronic1993 Emergency on Planet Earth1 - - 1994 The Return of the Space Cowboy2 - - 1996 Travelling Without Moving2 24 - 1999 Synkronized1 28 - 2001 A Funk Odyssey1 44 1 2005 Dynamite3 145 2


Current Members

  • Jason Kay - Vocals (1992 - present)
  • Derrick McKenzie - Drums (1993 - present)
  • Sola Akingbola - Percussion (1996 - present)
  • Rob Harris - Guitar (2001 - present)
  • Matt Johnson - Keyboards (2002 - present)
  • Paul Turner - Bass (2004 - present)
  • Lorraine McIntosh - Backing Vocals
  • Hazel Fernandez - Backing Vocals
  • Sam Smith - Backing Vocals

Former members

  • Toby Smith - Keyboards (1992-2002)
  • Wallis Buchanan - Didgeridoo (1992-2001)
  • Gavin Dodds - Guitar (1993-1994)
  • Simon Katz - Guitar (1995-2000)
  • Stuart Zender - Bass (1993-1998)
  • Nick Fyffe - Bass (1998-2003)
  • Nick Van Gelder - Drums (1993)
  • Darren Galea aka DJ D-Zire - Turntables (1993-2001)
  • Adrian Revell - Flute, Saxophone
  • Howard Anderson - Saxophone, Flutes, Shakuhachi, Didgeridoo
  • Winston Rollins - Trombone
  • John Thirkell - Trumpet (1993-1998)
  • Simon Carter - Keyboards (1999-2002)
  • Maurizio Ravalico - Percussion (1993)
  • Dee Lewis - Backing Vocals

Guest appearances

  • Andrew Levy - Bass (1992)
  • Simon Bartholomew - Guitar (1992)
  • Kofi Kari Kari - Percussion (1992)
  • Vanessa Simon - Backing Vocals
  • Martin Shaw - Trumpet
  • Beverley Knight - Vocals (2001)
  • Beverlei Brown - Backing Vocals (2006)


When you Gonna Learn (1992)

Sample of the album version of "When you Gonna Learn" Problems listening to the file? See media help.

When you Gonna Learn (Canté Hondo mix) (1992)

Sample of the "Canté Hondo mix" of the same song Problems listening to the file? See media help.

Snooze You Lose (20 second clip)

This song was released on a rare worldwide promo CD from 2001 called "An Online Odyssey" Problems listening to the file? See media help.

Shoot The Moon (Montreux jazz festival, 2003)

30-second snippet of the only recorded live performance of "Shoot the Moon", a song which was dropped in the early days of the A Funk Odysseyrecording sessions. Problems listening to the file? See media help.

See also


  1. ^ Greg Prato. Jamiroquai Biography on Yahoo! Music. Yahoo! Inc.. Retrieved on 2007-10-04.
  2. ^ Mad hatter. The Sydney Morning Herald (2005-11-25). Retrieved on 2005-11-29.
  3. ^ Jamiroquai | News | Laureus Sports Awards performance photos - 22 May 2006, 23:28 (BST)
  4. ^ Jamiroquai Switch to Columbia Records. Official Jamiroquai website (2006-03-17). Retrieved on 2006-08-31.
  5. ^ Jamiroquai's Jay Kay calling it quits. (2006-03-17). Retrieved on 2006-08-31.
  6. ^ Jay Kay calls it a day - Oh no he doesn't!. Jamiroquai - The Funkin Site (2007-02-28). Retrieved on 2007-03-13.
  7. ^ Jay Kay to hang up hat?. Jamiroquai - The Funkin Site (2005-11-25). Retrieved on 2005-11-29.
  8. ^ Jamirotalk : International Jamiroquai Fan Discussion Forum
  9. ^
  10. ^ Jamiroquai | News | Sola Akingbola - Routes to Roots - the story behind the album - 15 November 2007, 15:18 (GMT)
  11. ^ Jamiroquai - Official Website / Home
  12. ^ Jamiroquai | News | Derrick McKenzie blog update - 11 January 2008, 13:33 (GMT)
  13. ^ Jamiroquai - Official Website / Home
  14. ^ Jamiroquai - Official Website / Home

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v • d • eJamiroquai Jason Kay · Rob Harris · Paul Turner · Matt Johnson · Derrick McKenzie · Sola Akingbola · Lorraine McIntosh · Hazel Fernandez · Sam Smith
Gavin Dodds · Simon Katz · Nick Fyffe · Stuart Zender · Simon Carter · Toby Smith · Nick Van Gelder · DJ D-Zire · Winston Rollins · Adrian Revell · Wallis Buchanan · Beverley KnightStudio albums Emergency on Planet Earth(1993) · The Return of the Space Cowboy(1994) · Travelling without Moving(1996) · Synkronized(1999) · A Funk Odyssey(2001) · Dynamite(2005) Compilations Jay's Selection (1996) · In Store Jam(promo, 1997) · Late Night Tales: Jamiroquai(2003) · High Times: Singles 1992-2006(2006) Singles When You Gonna Learn · Too Young to Die · Blow Your Mind · Emergency on Planet Earth · Space Cowboy · Half the Man · Stillness in Time · Light Years · The Kids · Virtual Insanity · Cosmic Girl · Alright · High Times · Deeper Underground · Canned Heat · Black Capricorn Day · Supersonic · King for a Day · Little L · You Give Me Something · Love Foolosophy · Corner of the Earth · Main Vein · Feels Just Like It Should · Seven Days in Sunny June · (Don't) Give Hate a Chance · RunawayFilms Live In Verona (2002) · High Times: Singles 1992-2006(2006) · Live at Montreux 2003(2007) Other Discography · Buffalo Man · Chillington studio · Gig in the Sky Categories: Acid jazz ensembles | British house music groups | British electronic music groups | Disco groups | English dance music groups | English musical groups | Music from London | Grammy Award winners | Jamiroquai | Falsettos | Ivor Novello Award winners | Rhythm and blues singers | Singers by genre | Soul singers | Blue-eyed soul singersHidden categories: All articles with unsourced statements | Articles with unsourced statements since March 2008

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