Caribbean-Jazz – a sampling
Dominica’s own Reginald Cyntje celebrated the first anniversary of the release of his debut recording Freedom’s Children: The Celebration at Twins Jazz Club, Washington DC on Thursday, August 23. Cyntje’s anniversary band included some of the very musicians, Christie Dashiell (vocals), Herman Burney Jr. (bass), Victor Provost (steelpan) and Amin Gumbs (drums) who participated in the recording project. Complementing this core was Pete Muldoon, Lasana BlackNotes and other new faces such as Integriti Reeves.
They performed some of Cyntje’s favourites off the debut album and explored new songs from the new record, which is being cut in December of this year.
All attendees of the anniversary concert received a complimentary copy of FREEDOM’S CHILDREN: THE CELEBRATION as well as Cyntje’s friend Herman Burney’s album OFFERING.
Continue to taste the Caribbean Jazz of Reginald Cyntje at Twins Jazz Club every Sunday this month. The Reginald Cyntje Jazz Band featuring pannist Victor Provost, Herman Burney on bass and Amin Gumbs on drums will spiff up Twins’ Jazz Brunch again on Sunday with some Reggae, Calypso and AfroBeats. Twins Jazz Club could be located at 1344 U Street, NW, Washington, DC.
Mizik Ayiti presents Pwezi ak mizik anba tonel, August 25
This multilingual performance brought together Haitian poets and musicians for an evening of powerful words and resounding percussion at Five Myles Gallery, 558 St. John’s Place, Brooklyn, New York 11238. As the last event of the HCX | Mizik Ayiti! series for this year, Pwezi ak Mizik Anba Tonèl stood as a night of Haitian solidarity that brought together people of all ages and walks of life.
One of the musical acts performing at Mizik Ayiti was Vo-Duo. Inspired by the rhythms and chants of the sacred Vodou music traditions of Haiti, guitarist/vocalist Monvelyno Alexis and Markus Schwartz incorporate elements of “Mizik Racin,” Jazz and Rock into a uniquely original and improvisational content.
This past Sunday, August 26, The Kingsley Ettienne Trio featuring Kingsley Ettienne on Hammond B3 and vocals played the Orbit Room, 580 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Then from August 28th to September 2nd, 2012, Miguel Zenon hooked up with Lionel Loueke, Benjamin Koppel and Ferenc Nemeth for a residency with the Kenny Werner Quintet at The Blue Note in NY.
To commemorate Trinidad’s 50th anniversary of independence, there was a Multicultural Extravaganza and Re-enactment of the 1962 Flag Raising Ceremony, captioned “Culture of our People to our People,” on August 30, 2012. The programme, which took place at Woodford Square, Port of Spain, had a Jazz Fusion segment built into it, don’t you know. Clive Zanda Alexander, Michael Boothman, Llettesha Sylvester and Nigel Rojas of Orange Sky did the honours. A few days later, Trinidadian transplant, Ebe Gilkes, borrowed his pianisms to Naniki – the home of Jazz in Barbados, if Tom Hinds is to be believed – in celebration of his homeland’s 50th. Naniki normally offers a palette of live Jazz in the form of a Sunday Buffet Brunch, but on September 02, theirs was a Trini Buffet with entertainment provided by Gilkes, the foremost Jazz pianist in Barbados today. Gilkes’ place in the annals of Caribbean Jazz was solidified with the Barbados Service Star, an award given to him for his contribution to the entertainment industry in that country.
Haitian-born saxophonist Jowee Omicil closed out the month of August with another of his high-energy shows at Jazz at Moca (Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami), South Florida’s longest-running free outdoor Jazz concert series called AP Beach Series. Performances are held on the last Friday of every month in the MOCA Plaza. On August 31, it was Omicil’s turn.
If it’s Labor Day in the US, it’s Detroit Jazz Festival. The Detroit International Jazz Foundation celebrated 33 years of Jazz development from August 31 to September 03 on five stages spanning several city blocks from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius in downtown Detroit. When all was said and done, 100 musical acts had passed through Detroit, Michigan, Labor Day Weekend.
Imported into Detroit for the festival on Friday, August 31 was Theodore Walter (Sonny) Rollins for the fifth time.
The Mack Avenue Superband rolled in on the Saturday touting last names such as Whitaker (Rodney), Eubanks (Kevin), Allen (Carl), Fuller (Tia), Jones (Sean)…and the Cuban pianist and protégé of another Jones (Q), Alfredo Rodriguez and 2010 winner of the Thelonious Monk Competition, French singer Cecile McLorin Salvant. The Papo Vasquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours, a seven-piece Afro Puerto Rican Jazz Group, pillaged and plundered Detroit on that second day using nothing but “weaponized” Jazz, Latin and Afro-Caribbean music.
Salvant and Rodriguez both ditched the side man thing and took the lead on the penultimate day of the Jazz Fest, Rodriguez with his own Trio and Salvant harnessing the support of the Aaron Deihl Trio – Diehl himself a member of the Superband. Also appearing on Sunday, September 02 was Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez as a member of the Wayne Shorter Quartet, the Puerto Rican Arturo O’Farrill Septet with Donald Harrison and the Mexican-American Poncho Sanchez Latin Band, Cubano Be, Cubano Bop, featuring Terence Blanchard.
Jerry Gonzalez y Los Comandos De Clave, featuring three Cuban émigrés, electric bassist/vocalist Alain Pérez, pianist Javier Massó “Caramelo” and drummer Kiki Ferrer, led the final assault on Detroit, Monday, September 03. Gonzalez, best known as the leader and trumpeter of the Fort Apache Band, has invested his creativity more in his Los Comandos quartet of late.
Annick Tangora and Alain Jean-Marie got together on Tuesday, September 04 2012 for a rare duo concert at Cave du 38 Riv’, 38 Rue de Rivoli 75004 Paris, France. Tangora the singer performed a program of Jazz standards with her captivating personality and warm and sensual voice accompanied by the absolute master of Jazz piano, Jean-Marie, reinterpreting them in his own inimitable style.
Shirley Crabbe (@Shirleysjazz on Twitter), vocalist, Band Leader and producer, performed two sets of Jazz at Kitano, 66 Park Avenue at E. 38th Street, NYC, on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 accompanied by pianist Donald Vega, bassist Jon Burr and drummer Steve Johns. This on the heels of the release of her debut CD “Home” last year to critical acclaim and resounding airplay. As proof of the worthiness of the album and the extensiveness of fan support, “Home” spent 26 plus weeks on the Jazz Week Album Chart, spinning it clear into the new year.
Every Friday at 08:00 o’clock, you will find the magnificent quartet made up of saxophonist Christian Florentini, pianist Jose Privat, bassist Alex Thedose and drummer Dominique Bougrainville at Martinique’s Hôtel La Batelière on 20 Rue des Alizes, Fort-de-France Bay 97233.
Every Sunday, Come relax and be entertained by one of Barbados’ newest Jazz Bands, The Nj3O Jazz Band, at Ocean 2 Hotel and Resort, a 4 star, beachfront resort on the south coast of Barbados offering unparalleled luxury and service. This week, the band features Andre Forde on Steel Pan, Joseph Callender on saxophone, Rashad Hinds on drums and Richard Evans on Bass and starts at 5:30pm.
…and the Ebe Gilkes Jazz Trio keeps on jamming Tuesdays at Waterfront Cafe in Bridgetown, Barbados.
View the Woodshed Calendar below for more details and sources on these and other select Caribbean Jazz dates, past, present and future