Line-up: DUAYNE SANFORD drums/band leader; DAVID MRAKPOR keys; LAWRENCE INSULA bass; DANIEL TAYLOR talbox
JD3 is a hip hop and jazz trio formed in 2017 and fronted by London based musician Duayne Sanford (Dua Lipa, Christine & The Queens, Liam Payne, Roots Manuva, Honne). On bass is Lawrence Insula (Little Mix, Rita Ora, Disciples) and keys is David Mrakpor (BlueLab Beats, Banger Factory). The combined rhythms & melodies of Jamaica & Nigeria (their combined heritage) make for a tasty cocktail of musical blends. This trio was founded on a common love for the late great J Dilla’s extensive discography or cleverly sampled instrumentals & tracks. Their eclectic sound is inspired by the legendary producer with a live spin. Collectively they have worked with the likes of Iman Omari, TinyMan, Misha B & J Dilla’s blood brother Illa J. They have played multiple sold out shows at the world-famous London Jazz Cafe & prestigious venue Ronnie Scott’s. Frequent collaborators include Teni (vocalist), Daniel Taylor (talkbox), TinyMan (rapper) & Joon Switon (guitarist).
They have recorded a live EP with Illa J (John Yancey Live) which is out now on Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer & Bandcamp. They also have a live recording from their sold out show at Jazz Cafe in 2018, available on soundcloud.