Buoyed up by the wildly successful
Caribbean Jazz on the Green concert, staged outdoors in Gaston Maloney’s
garden, 24 April, the event’s organisers have organised a follow-up show at the
Harquail Theatre, tomorrow night (Saturday, 5 June).
The George Town Sports Club and
Friends of Jazz are hosting the 7pm concert, which is being headlined by the
internationally acclaimed Cesar Lopez y Habanas Ensemble from Cuba.
Organisers have confirmed that the
support act will be local musicians the Gary Ebanks Free To Be Ensemble band.
Gary has been a mainstay on the local jazz scene for many years.
The Cuban band, known for its
piquante Latin jazz vibe was originally scheduled to have performed as the
headline act in April’s show but was unable to travel due to visa problems.
Mr. Lopez was a member of the world
famous Irakere Group, which was lead by the great Chucho Valdes and featured
Paquito D’Riveira and Arturo Sandoval, both of whom migrated to the USA and are
also of well respected in the jazz world.
He and his group are internationally
acclaimed in their own right and have toured extensively including Japan,
Europe and Canada.
“We are fortunate to be able to get
musicians of this calibre,” said Mr. Maloney. “Knowing what I do of Cesar Lopez
and his band, I think concert goers can be assured of a night of wonderfully
expressive jazz in an intimate setting,” he added.
In keeping with Caribbean Jazz on
the Green tradition, it will be very relaxed with an intermission during which
light refreshments will be served.
Tickets are priced at $35 and are
available from members of the sports club and Friends of Jazz and at Moneygram,
Singhs Roti Shop, Arabus, Vampt Motors Sales Office and Jose’s Texaco.
Attendees at April’s concert will get a $10 rebate on the ticket price on
presentation of their old ticket.
All proceeds from Saturday’s
concert will be donated to The George Town Sports Club in aid of its after
school care projects and its work with
the George Town elderly and youth.