State of Emergency offers live music for a range of events including concerts, festivals, parties and functions. The band covers a wide variety of styles including jazz, blues, R&B, reggae and soul, and features Kenrick Rowe (drums), Alan Weekes (guitar), Steve Marshall (vocals and piano), Mikele Montolli (bass) and Michael 'Bammi' Rose (flute and tenor saxophone).
Born in London in 1960 of Jamaican parents, Kenrick Rowe is a renowned drummer and percussionist who began his career on the reggae circuit with artists such as Janet Kay, and Sugar Minott. Having studied with US drum master Clifford Jarvis, Kenrick moved into jazz working with a number of leading artists including Ernest Ranglin and Courtney Pine. Further credits include Hugh Masekela and The Specials.
Born in London of Barbadian parents in 1958, Alan Weekes has been in constant demand as a guitarist since 1975. Credits include Art Blakey, Aswad, Carol Thompson, Caron Wheeler, David Lynden Hall, Jimmy Cliff, George Clinton, Boy George, John Holt, Studio 1 and The Equators, to name but a few. Alan was also a founder member of The Jazz Warriors, Jazz Jamaica and Skatronics.
Steve Marshall is an English singer, song writer and producer. He co-founded both Pyramid Arts Development and State of Emergency Limited. Notably, Steve has produced and recorded extensively with Jamaican legend Lee “Scratch” Perry. Working with Lee led to recording and mixing projects with Keith Richards and George Clinton, and two Grammy nominations.
Born in Verona Italy in 1986, bass player Mikele Montolli began by studying violin at the Conservatory of Verona and went on to graduate in Jazz at the University of Graz in Austria. Mikele has performed extensively and also toured in Europe, the USA, Asia and the Caribbean. Credits include Marshall Allen’s Sun Ra Arkestra, Julie Dexter, Heidi Vogel, Don Menza, Charlie Stacey, and Sorin Zlat.
Michael 'Bammi' Rose
Michael was born in Kingston Jamaica. Inspired by Bebop since the 1950s, especially Jamaican jazz pioneer Harold McNeill and the American greats Roland Kirk and Charles Lloyd, Michael turned to flute in 1967. He was an original member of The Jazz Warriors and Jazz Jamaica and has worked with many of the greats including Rico, Aswad, Dennis Brown, Alton Ellis, Paul Simon and Jools Holland.