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Biography

  • Years Active

    1992 – present (28 years)

  • Founded In

    Ealing, London, England, United Kingdom

  • Members

    • Adrian Revell
    • DJ D-Zire (1993 – 2001)
    • Dee Lewis
    • Derrick McKenzie (1993 – present)
    • Gavin Dodds (1993 – 1994)
    • Hazel Fernandez
    • Howard Anderson
    • Jason Kay (1992 – present)
    • John Thirkell (1993 – 1998)
    • Lorraine McIntosh
    • Matt Johnson (2002 – present)
    • Maurizio Ravalico (1993 – 1993)
    • Nick Fyffe (1998 – 2003)
    • Nick Van Gelder (1993 – 1993)
    • Paul Turner (2004 – present)
    • Rob Harris (2001 – present)
    • Samantha Smith (2001 – 2007)
    • Simon Carter (1999 – 2002)
    • Simon Katz (1995 – 2000)
    • Sola Akingbola (1996 – present)
    • Stuart Zender (1993 – 1998)
    • Toby Smith (1992 – 2002)
    • Wallis Buchanan (1992 – 2001)
    • Winston Rollins

Jamiroquai is a / band which formed in London, England, United Kingdom in 1992. The band currently consists of Jason Luis 'Jay Kay' Cheetham (vocals), Matt Johnson (keyboards), Rob Harris (guitar), Paul Turner (bass), Derrick McKenzie (drums) , Sola Akingbola (percussion), Lorraine McIntosh (backing vocals) and Hazel Fernandez (backing vocals). The name "Jamiroquai" is derived from the Native American Iroquois tribe, with which Kay has said he identifies philosophically, combined with 'Jam', as in musical jamming.

After Jay Kay auditioned unsuccessfully to be the singer of the Brand New Heavies, he decided to put together his own band. Jamiroquai's first single, "When You Gonna Learn?", was released in 1992 on the Acid Jazz label. Following its success, Kay signed a £1,000,000 eight-album record deal with Sony BMG Music Entertainment. The band enjoys worldwide popularity and is the best-known member of the early-1990s London-based acid jazz movement, alongside groups such as Incognito, Galliano, and Corduroy. Jamiroquai has since, however, moved in other musical directions.

Band Members:
Jason "Jay" Kay - Vocals
Rob Harris - Guitar
Derrick McKenzie - Drums
Paul Turner - Bass
Sola Akingbola - Percussion
Matt Johnson - Keyboards
Lorraine McIntosh - Backing vocals
Hazel Fernandez - 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 (1992-1998)
Nick Fyffe - Bass (1998-2003)
Nick Van Gelder - Drummer (1993)
Darren Galea aka DJ D-Zire - Turntables (1993-2001)
Adrian Revell - Flute, saxophone
Winston Rollins - Trombone
Simon Carter - Keyboards (1999-2001)
Sia - Backing Vocals
Sam Smith - Backing vocals (2001-2007)

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