Turo still tappin’
BY LEIGH-ANN WORRELL | THU, JANUARY 23, 2014 - 12:04 AM
Undoubtedly an outstanding musician, Arturo Tappin was an electrifying force last Sunday afternoon, turning the Sea Rocks Dome at the Barbados Beach Club into a heated pop/soca/reggae-dancehall-fuelled dance floor.
It was a bit of a U-turn from what was usually expected during the Naniki Jazz Safari, but the large crowd surely enjoyed the hour-long ride.
The saxy musician, who also showed off his singing ability, was joined by Melvin Alick on drums, Kirk Layne on keys, bass guitarist and birthday boy Marius Charlemagne, percussionist David Morgan and Terry Mexican Arthur on pan.
The ensemble began with the stealth of a Smooth Criminal, steadily building the tempo as the journey continued. Tappin blew away audience members of all ages as he moved seamlessly from yesteryear with hits likeBetcha By Golly Wow, Sugarhill Gang’s Jump On It and Boogie Wonderland, to 2013 smash hit Blurred Lines, Popcaan’s Only Man She Want and Rihanna’s What Now.
A few of the superstar’s recent numbers preceded a tribute to Bajan artistes Lil Rick and Alison Hinds.
The band also weaved its way into the crowd, the dancing throng taking the chance to snap pictures and soak in the positive vibrations.
The band ended with Tappin’s classic Breaking Up – but not before the musician wowed the audience with a freestyle flow, heavily influenced by the world’s best classical musicians.
Arturo’s group was preceded by the just as impressive Alternative Quartet out of Trinidad and Tobago.
First-time performers in Barbados, the eight-year-old group certainly returned home with a stronger fan base.
Although pop tracks were included in the set, it was the fusion of soca and jazz on strings that won hearts and minds. Alternative Quartet’s take on Differentology was both complex and captivating, as was original piece Ghost. The group deserved the standing ovation and the vociferous encore call at the end of its hour on stage.
The sun set on the evening of music with traditional jazz notes from Tia Fuller and band. The musician with reigning R&B queen Beyoncé began with Ralphie’s Groove and continued to please with a special song for the island titled Descend To Barbados.
New-York based jazz singer Cynthia Holiday paved the way in fine style.
Jazz Safari ends on a high!
THE BARBADOS leg of the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari climaxed on a high note this evening with an all Barbadian cast at Naniki Amphitheatre, St Joseph.
The four hour show, entitled The Errol Barrow Day Bajan Jazz picnic, featured the enterprising pianist Rhea Drakes , the phenomenal trumpeter Ricky Brathwaite and Soca Queen Alison Hinds.
Despite the damp conditions dozens of patrons took to every available spot and showed their appreciation for the all local fare.
Special mention is made of Brathwaite and his support musicians comprising guitarist Michael Cheeseman, drummer David Burnett, pannist Andre Forde and bassist Ricky Williams. (JS)
Arturo’s Groove Anyone?
January 2 2014
Naniki Jazz Safari Appeal for Victims of St. Vincent Storm
The Opening Night of the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari 2014, on January 16 featuring a performance entitled “Stormy Weather: the Story of Lena Horne ” will be a fund raiser for the victims of the Christmas Eve storm in St Vincent, the Safari’s last stop in 2013.
The Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari will make a donation to the. Red Cross Relief Fund for St Vincent and the Grenadines of part proceeds of that multi-media show which features Mary Wilson of the Supremes at the Sea Rocks Dome, Barbados Beach Club.
In addition, patrons are being asked to bring along non-perishables or cash donations to support the Barbados Red Cross Relief effort for the Eastern Caribbean. Donation and collection bins will also be set up at every concert in the Barbados leg of the festival.
Festival Organizer Tom Hinds says “ I greatly appreciated the support we received for the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari in St Vincent last November, so now in their time of need, we would like to do what we can to assist. I hope this effort will help the victims of the storms in St Vincent as well as on the islands of The Grenadines, St Lucia and Dominica.
A weather analogy for survival of life’s challenges is the theme of “Stormy Weather the Story of Lena Horne”, starring Mary Wilson which headlines the jazz festival on Thursday 16th January at the Sea Rocks Dome, Barbados Beach Club, Maxwell.
The show, based on James Gavin’s biography of the singer called Stormy Weather, combines story, song and images to give a defining portrait of singer and civil rights activist Lena Horne. It follows her career from the Cotton Club glory days and the back lots of Hollywood studios to the glitzy but bigoted resorts of Las Vegas. Horne’s voice has resonated throughout the decades, not only through her incredible vocal talent but also through her determination to fight for what she believed. According to the programme notes from the show “This new musical extravaganza takes us on the sometimes stormy, always extraordinary journey of an American icon.”
Mary Wilson, former member of the premier seventies girl group The Supremes is making her second visit to Barbados and coincidentally, the weather was centre stage on her first visit during Independence celebrations in November 1966, which was marred by heavy rain. Wilson is the headline act for this “Night of the Legends” on January 16 2014 which also features American pianist Randy Weston performing “The Panama Connection” in tribute to his Panamanian connection.
The 2014 Naniki Caribbean Jazz Legends Award for Barbados will also be presented to celebrated international Barbadian drummer Roy Haynes on the night.
Six concerts from January 16 to 21 are included the series for The Jazz Safari now entering its second year
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PROGRAMME OF CONCERTS
NIGHT OF THE LEGENDS
Date: January 16, 2014
Venue: Sea Rock Dome, Barbados Beach Club
Artistes: Stormy Weather: The Story of Lena Horne starring Mary Wilson of the Supremes
The Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari Legends Award will be presented to Grammy winner Roy Haynes
Randy Weston in Concert – The Panama Connection
MOON OVER THE CARIBBEAN SEA
Date: January 17, 2014
Venue: Sea Rock Dome, Barbados Beach Club
Artistes: Nikita – Barbados
Craig Haynes Quintet – USA
ECHOES OF THE CARIBBEAN
Date: January 18, 2014
Venue: Harrison’s Cave
Artistes: Buyu Ambroise – Haiti
Cameron Pierre – Dominica
Reggie Boyce – Panama
FUSION ON THE BAY
Date: January 19, 2014
Venue: Sea Rock Dome, Barbados Beach Club
Alternative Quartet – Trinidad
Arturo Tappin – Barbados
Tia Fuller – USA
I REMEMBER OSCAR
Date: January 20, 2014
Venue: Sea Rock Dome, Barbados Beach Club
Artistes: Kellylee Evans Quartet – Canada
The Oscar Peterson Legacy Band – Canada/DenmarK
ERROL BARROW DAY BAJAN JAZZ PICNIC
Date: January 21, 2014
Venue: Naniki Amphitheatre
Artistes: Rhea Drakes Quintet
Ricky Brathwaite Quintet
1688 Nonet Kaiso Jazz Fusion featuring Alison Hinds
BY LISA KING | WED, DECEMBER 18, 2013 – 12:04 AMMary Wilson, one of the three original members of the Supremes, will be in Barbados as part of the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari.The story of the Supremes’ initial visit to the island is well known in Barbados, reminded director of the festival Tom Hinds.“She happens to be one of those fateful people who performed on what we can say was our ill-fated night. It was when we became independent and the rain poured cats and dogs in the Fairchild Street area and Mary and the other Supremeshad to literally be rescued from the mass confusion that ensued,” he recalled during the launch yesterday at the Barbados Beach Club in Dover, Christ Church.Wilson will headline the Night Of The Legends at the Sea Rocks Domeat the Barbados Beach Club on January 16 at 8 p.m. He revealed that it was the idea of Professor George Belle to approach the management of the veteran entertainer.“When George started to become all animated about it and when he started to relay what happened that night, he said to me, ‘I would like to put you guys in touch and I think it would be worth the while’.”
The former Supreme will be paying tribute to Lena Horne with Stormy Weather.Horne’s biographer will also be at the show, he revealed, adding that the performance would be of major significance because of Wilson’s connection to the island’s Independence.Other major headliners for the January 16 to 21 show include Tia Fuller, a versatile musician who also works with pop megastar Beyonce, the Oscar Peterson Legacy Band and Reggie Boyce, a Panamanian of Barbadian descent. Most events will be held at the Sea Rocks Dome at the Barbados Beach Club.
Local stars include Arturo Tappin, Rhea Drakes Quintet and Nikita Browne.
Soca artist Alison Hinds will show her jazzy side on the final day of the festival, during the Errol Barrow Day Bajan Jazz Picnic.The Caribbean soca queen expressed excitement at being chosen for the event.
“To get the opportunity with this platform to be able to sit down and relax and stand if I want to and go down in the audience if I feel like it and just sing in a completely different way for me to express myself as an entertainer and a performer, I am very, very excited about being a part of the jazz adventure,” she said at the launch. (LW)
Naniki Jazz Comes to Barbados!
IMPORTANT NEWS RELEASE
Thursday 12th December 2013
2014 Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari Line up Announced
The organizers of the 2014 Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari in Barbados have confirmed a line-up of exciting local and international musical talent and a new picturesque seafront venue – the Sea Rocks Dome at Barbados Beach Club. The 2014 festival marks the first anniversary of the touring jazz adventure around the Caribbean region. Taking place from Jan 16 – 21 the Jazz Safari is ready to give audiencessix unique concerts filled withtop class acts from around the world.
The Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari opens on Thursday 16th January with the inimitable Mary Wilson, of the Supremes, performing her successful multi-media show Stormy Monday- The Story of Lena Horne, and the 2010 Living Legend Award pianist, Randy Weston (USA) performs a 100th Anniversary celebratory concert The Panama Connection.
The Safari continues on Friday 17th at the Sea Rocks Dome with the remarkable Craig Haynes and his Quintet (USA) and fast rising young star Nikita (Barbados). The next stop is scenic Harrison’s Cave on 18th Jan. with poly-rhythms from across the Caribbean region featuring Buyu Ambroise (Haiti), Cameron Pierre (Dominica) and Reggie Boyce (Panama). An afternoon of Gospel, R &B, and Jazz fusion features on 19th Jan. with Tia Fuller’s Band, the Alternative Quartet from Trinidad and Arturo Tappin and more. The concert on Monday 20th Jan, I Remember Oscar takes place once again in the magnificent Sea Rocks Dome, with the critically acclaimed all star Oscar Peterson Legacy Band (Canada) and Kelly lee Evans Quintet (Canada).
And what looks like becoming a tradition, the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari in Barbados closes with the Errol Barrow Day Jazz Picnic, on Tuesday 21st Jan. in a rousing tribute to homegrown bands featuring, Rhea Drakes, Ricky Brathwaite and the 1688 Nonet with special guests.
The Naniki Caribbean Jazz Legends Award 2014 will be presented to Barbados and International drummer Roy Haynes.
ALL MEDIA ARE INVITED TO THE LAUNCH OF THE NANIKI CARIBBEAN JAZZ SAFARI 2014
DATE: TUESDAY, 17TH DECEMBER 2013
PLACE: THE SEA ROCKS DOME, BARBADOS BEACH CLUB, CHRISTCHURCH
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NANIKI CARIBBEAN JAZZ SAFARI ARRIVES
in St Vincent and the Grenadines
Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari makes its fourth and final stop this year, in Callicoe, St Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday 29th November.
We are thrilled that The Ministry of Tourism is a principal partner with Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari. The jazz safari is the first of its kind on the island and it is a highlight of Tourism Week on the St Vincent Festival calendar in the lead up to the Christmas Season.
The scenic and expansive gardens of Calliaqua Courts, is the setting for this travelling festival that has been dubbed a “thrilling Caribbean musical ride”. The St Vincent concert follows on from a successful “take off “ in Barbados in January and has thrilled music lovers in Antigua and Barbuda and Grenada.
The star attraction is the incredibly talented singer Nikita(Barbados), also featuring is the dazzling Guy Marc Vadeleux Trio from Martinque, Guitarist,Derek McKeith (USA) and his jazz funk band and from Barbados , The Original Unit jazz trio with special guest St Vincent International Recording Artist Frankie McIntosh.
Tom Hinds, organizer of the event is also a well known promoter of jazz events at his scenic Naniki Restaurant in St Joseph, Barbados. He said that the safari concept was based on moving quality jazz performances to idyllic venues across the Caribbean, and thereby enhancing both the local cultural landscape and the tourism product. He noted that the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari would allow local regional artistes to perform with their international counterparts at home and provide educational opportunities for local music students through a workshop and guitar donations that will take place in partnership with the Travelling Guitar Foundation.
THE NANIKI CARIBBEAN JAZZ SAFARI IS SUPPORTED BY LIAT, UNITED INSURANCE, THE ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES MINISTRY OF TOURISM, THE ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES TOURISM AUTHORITY, SAGICOR LIFE, WE FM, THE TRAVELING GUITAR FOUNDATION, TICKETPAL.
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INTERNATIONAL GUITAR WORKSHOP FOR ASPIRING YOUNG MUSICIANS
Six Grenadian schools have been chosen to take part in the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari Music Workshop for Young Musicians, in conjunction with the Traveling Guitar Foundation of the United States.
An invitation was extended to selected schools to send five (5) students each to the workshop to be held at 10am on Saturday 29 June, at the Presentation Brothers College. The schools sending students are Presentations Brothers College, St. Joseph’s Convent, St. George, McDonald College, St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School, St. Rose Modern Secondary School and Bishop’s College in Carriacou.
The Traveling Guitar Foundation is the brainchild of guitarist and songwriter Damon Marks who has performed and recorded with a wide range of notable musicians throughout his career, including Alicia Keys and Jermaine Paul, winner of the first season (2012) of the television competition The Voice. The organisation’s focus is to inspire children through music and education by ensuring that music education programmes are available to them in schools. Since 2010, the Foundation has provided musical equipment, guitar clinics, and support for music education programs across the United States, working to ensure that students have access to high-quality musical instruments and comprehensive instruction throughout their formative years.
The Traveling Guitar Foundation will also donate 5 guitars to participating schools for their ongoing music education.
“I’ve always felt that the arts play a critical role in a child’s development in school,” said the Traveling Foundation’s Damon Marks. “My whole thing is basically this – as long as I know that these guitars are going to be given to children and that these children are going to be taught properly, I don’t mind going anywhere in the world to do it because it’s for the children, and they’re our future.”
The Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari – A unique adventure in Grenada
It will be a jazz adventure like none other when the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari makes its third stop this year, this time in “the Spice Isle” – Grenada on June 29 and 30.
The Grenada leg of this travelling festival that has been dubbed a “thrilling Caribbean musical ride” follows on from successful shows in Barbados and Antigua for the inaugural Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari. The Grenada event which will take place on the exquisite lawns at Mount Cinnamon will feature energised live performances of quality international and regional jazz acts including two excellent Grenadian artistes.
The featured artistes are top international singer and Grammy Nominee, Shontelle, Sean Thomas with the legendary proponent of calypso jazz, Clive Zanda from Trinidad, Dereck McKeith guitarist and R&B singer from the US, C4 jazz collective from Barbados along with Grenada’s own Zack Bernard coming home from the US where he has excelled on the jazz scene and Quiet Fire featuring the sultry Jenny J.
The Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari is the brainchild of Tom Hinds, well known promoter of jazz events at his scenic Naniki Restaurant in St Joseph, Barbados. Hinds said that the safari concept was based on moving quality jazz performances to idyllic venues across the Caribbean, and thereby enhancing both the local cultural landscape and the tourism product. He noted that the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari would allow local and regional artistes to perform with their international counterparts at home and provide educational opportunities for local music students through a workshop and guitar donations that will take place in partnership with the Travelling Guitar Foundation.
Following a successful “take off “ in Barbados from January 17 to 21 with highly acclaimed performances, the unique travelling jazz festival thrilled music lovers in Antigua and Barbuda who turned out at the Dean Lake Cultural Center and the scenic Shirley Heights Lookout in March this year.
The unique series of events that make up the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari had its international launch on November 15, 2012 at the chic Tryst Utra Lounge in New York under the aegis of Hinds’ company, Damal Investments, the Caribbean Tourism Organisation and the Tourist Boards of Barbados, Antigua, Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines. The safari will continue on to St Vincent later this year.
The Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari – Grenada is sponsored by Mount Cinnamon Resort, Flamboyant Hotel and Villas, LIAT Grenada Tourist Board, United Insurance, US Embassy, Sagicor, The Traveling Guitar Foundation, Klassic AM, Coca Cola, Etang, Stoli, Presidente, El Dorado Rum, Campari, Grants Scotch Whiskey, and Nedd Rentals & Services.
For further information contact: Alison Saunders, SFa Communications Inc
Grenada media may contact SFA Communications’ Grenada associate:
Michaele Hercules, Premier Events – firstname.lastname@example.org – 473-440-1777 (0)
Sat 29 June ( Doors open 6pm show 7pm)
Quiet Fire featuring vocalist Jenny J (Grenada)
Derek McKeith (USA)
Peter ‘Zack’ Bernard (Grenada/USA)
Sun 30 June (Doors open 4pm show 5pm)
Sean Thomas Quartet featuring pianist Clive Zanda (Trinidad)
Tickets, seating & housekeeping bits
We’ll be on the exquisite lawns of the garden opposite the Mt Cinnamon Resort and Beach Club. This would be a wonderful opportunity to visit the private gardens as this is the first time a jazz concert is to be held there. Come early to enjoy and relax in the garden or visit the Licensed Bars & Food Stalls along with an attractive display of Caribbean Arts on sale.
General Admission Ticket Holders: Bring your blanket and cushion, a mat or folding chairs to sit on the lawns.
VIP Tickets – Reserved Seating is provided.
General Admission Concert Tickets US$23 or EC$60
Children (5 – 16Yrs) US$7.50 or EC$20
VIP Tickets US$57.50 or EC $150 each night
Season Weekend Ticket US$40 or EC$100
GRENADIAN MUSICIAN TO BE HONOURED AT NANIKI CARIBBEAN JAZZ SAFARI
The prestigious Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari Legends Award will be presented to Grenada’s best-known composer and arranger James Clarkson on Saturday 29th June at the festival’s opening concert in Mt Cinnamon Garden. The presentation will be made by Hon Alexandra Otway-Noel, Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture.
The first Naniki Caribbean Jazz Legends Award was presented in Barbados to Trinidad born and Barbados based pianist Ebe Gilkes for his sterling contribution to the jazz movement in the Eastern Caribbean. Antigua’s Winston Anthony Bailey received the second Jazz Legends Award for his contribution to jazz and music in general in Antigua
James Clarkson was born in Grenada on 21 April 1944, has had a distinguished lifelong career in music with early exposure at the age of 12. He later joined the Royal Grenada Police Band, appeared on stage with his father’s band and by 17 was a member of the Trinidad Defence Force Band as lead arranger and first trumpet player.
Clarkson attended McGill University (USA) and studied conducting and arranging and his list of North American credits is long including playing in Canada for Lionel Hampton on tour and in the front band for Miles Davis shows. He was the first person to record a combination of brass and steelpan and has played with bands from South America, Africa, Europe and North America.
By 23 years of age he was the director of Music of the Royal Grenada Police Band and soon became the arranger for the very successful Republic Bank Angel Harps Steel Orchestra, a post he still holds today.
The Awards ceremony and presentation of the Citation will be a highlight of the Opening Concert of the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari, with performances from Peter ‘Zack’ Bernard, (Grenada/USA) Derek McKeith’s Blues Band, (USA) and Quiet Fire will bring to an end an exciting first night of music. The festival continues on Sunday 30th June from 5pm in the Mt Cinnamon Gardens. Tickets can be purchased in advance. Online or Local island Box Offices: All Bryden & Minors Retail Outlets, Presents at Excel Plaza, Grand Anse and Ramdhannys Travel, Grenville.
The Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari Grenada is sponsored by Mount Cinnamon Resort & Beach Club, Flamboyant Hotel and Villas, LIAT, Grenada Board of Tourism, United Insurance, USA Embassy, Sagicor, The Traveling Guitar Foundation (USA), The Grenada Broadcasting Network (GBN) Klassic AM, Coca Cola, Etang, Quinn Company Limited, Stoli, Presidente, El Dorado Rum, Grant’s Scotch Whiskey, Campari and Nedd’s Rental & Services.
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