Look out for Caribbean Jazz on the Green next week

Jazz lovers
take note, this year’s Caribbean Jazz on the Green concert, hosted by the
George Town Sports Club in association with The Friends of Jazz, will be held
on Saturday, 24 April.

Promising an
evening of cool jazz in a festival setting, attendees are invited to bring a
chair, rug or a blanket to the event which will be staged in Gaston Maloney’s
garden, in Agnes Way, off Linford Pierson Highway.

The show,
which will run from 5pm to 10pm, has an international line up including Cool
School from Cayman, the Lionel Loueke Trio whose leader is from Benin and Cesar
Lopez y Habana Ensemble, a Cuban group out of Havana.

Cool School
last played two weeks ago at the Interplay jazz and swing concert at the Harquail
Theatre where they received warm applause. The band consists of Wil Steward
(piano/organ), Roger ‘Bugs’ Wilson (bass), Brian Robinson (drums), Glen Scott
(guitar), Keith Millar (trumpet), Natalie Barber (saxophone), Hubert Campbell

The Lionel
Loueke Trio is headed up by one of the genre’s rising stars. The young West
African musician has been called a “musical painter” by his mentor Herbie
Hancock. The guitarist’s music infuses the lyricism of African rhythmical
patterns with the years spent listening and emulating the likes of George Benson.
The trio is rounded out by Ferenc Nemeth (drums) andMassimo
Biolcati (bass).

Lopez y Habana Ensemble surprised no one when they beat stiff competition to
win the Best Instrumental album at the Cuban Music Awards Cubadisco 2008.

Revered in
Cuba, the saxophonist and the Habana Ensemble have a fluid mastery of their

In aid of
George Town Sports Club’s after school care and youth sports programmes
projects; tickets for the benefit cost $75 each and are inclusive of food and

 Caribbean Jazz on the Green was started over
10 years ago by Andre Iton, Gaston Maloney and by The Friends of Jazz (a loose
knit group of jazz fans in Cayman).

 The show used to take place during Pirate’s
Week and was revived four years ago as an outdoor event, to take advantage of
the drier spring weather. Over the past decade Caribbean Jazz on the Green has
showcased the cream of regional and international jazz talent including Monty
Alexander, Ernie Ranglin, Eddie Bullen, Kingsley Etienne, Ray Ray, Andre
Woodvine and Nicolas Brancker.

Tickets are
available from George Town Sports Club, Vampt Motors, Chalmers Gibbs Architects
(949-2727), Arabus, Singh’s Roti Shop, Moneygram or Jose’s Esso.


Cesar Lopez
Photo: File