Jazz night a crowd pleaser

The Cayman Arts festival kept up the momentum gained by the wildly successful garden opera event with Monday’s Jazz Night at District 6 nightclub. The venue proved ideal for both organizers and audience alike, offering up an intimate venue that still left plenty of room on two levels to accommodate the large crowd who continued to trickle in throughout the evening.

The night’s musical offerings kicked off with the sounds of TriplePlay fronted by saxophonist Devon Edie. The band got things rolling with their lively neo-soul instrumental renditions of some popular hits underscored by Caribbean flavours and urban smooth grooves.

Next up was long-time Cayman band Mainstream. Judging from the appreciative crowd, the group had quite a few fans in attendance. The band was formed over 25 years ago by lead singer Ed Solly Solomon, with Leonard Bodden providing keyboard and now joined by Irivin Banks on guitar, and the group’s chilled out synergy was perfect for the chilled out musical choices ranging from Bob Marley to Ray Charles.

A short delay did wonders to rev up the expectant crowd for the evening’s final performers, the Gary Ebanks Quartet+2. Although experiencing a few personell changes, the energetic ensemble took charge of the stage. The set was notable for its upbeat versions of old classics like crowd-pleasing ‘Summertime’, not to mention Mr. Ebanks’ saxophonic grooves, closely matched by Keith Millar’s soaring trumpet acrobatics.

The appreciative crowd had much to take in over the three or so hours, and the upscale atmosphere provided by the nightclub’s futuristic interior design, further complemented by a blue and red-themed set and lighting design added to the otherworldly atmosphere that gained kudos all around, and a crowd eager for much much more in years to come.