Multiple Grammy-award winning American jazz-funk artists, the Yellowjackets, headline this year’s Jazz on the Green concert Saturday night at Gaston Maloney’s Gardens.
Presented by George Town Sports Club and Friends of Jazz, the lineup also features Cayman’s own jazz-funk band Cool School, and the La Pierre Family Steel Band.
“Our intention has always been to provide a festival atmosphere where you can bring a blanket to spread out on the grass and listen to the music or walk around to the various food stalls or to the bar for your convenience,” says Maloney.
“We also provide chairs for concert-goers,” says Maloney, who owns the concert’s venue on Agnes Way, off the Linford Pierson Highway in George Town.
The band has received several Grammy awards and worldwide critical acclaim. Their 2011 album “Timeline” reached No. 5 on Billboard’s jazz charts. Founding members Russell Ferrante (keyboard) and Bob Mintzer (saxophone) will be joined on stage by returning member William Kennedy (drums) and Felix Pastorius (bass), the son of legendary bassist Jaco Pastorious, who replaced founding member Jimmy Haslip. They will perform songs from their latest album “A Rise in the Road,” released in June 2013.
This band is comprised of an eclectic mix of Cayman musical talent whose funky sounds are sure to get the audience moving. They will perform new arrangements of jazz-funk and acid jazz favorites. Current band members include Natalie Barber (saxophone), Keith Millar (trumpet), Glen Scott (guitar), Jeff Japal (keyboards), Ian Emerson (bass), Eden Hurlston (percussion) and James Sedgley (drums).
“We wanted to put on something a little special for Jazz on the Green,” says Millar. “We regard this as the top live musical event in the Cayman calendar and Gaston Maloney always puts on a fantastic night of entertainment bringing some of the world’s top musicians to Cayman. We want to show off the talent we have here on the island, but, most importantly, have a great time performing and supporting the Cayman live music scene.”
La Pierre Family Steel Band
This band’s steel pan prowess will delight all. Earl La Pierre, along with his son Olujimi and daughter Aziza, perform at many local events throughout the year. Hailing from Trinidad, La Pierre has spent the better part of 18 years in Cayman, performing and teaching steel pan to students of all ages, as well as winning numerous music festival awards and Carnival competitions. Dubbed the “Professor of Pan,” he is credited with introducing Trinidad and Tobago’s national instrument to Cayman.
Tickets, $75, include beverages (alcoholic drinks too) and finger foods. They are available at Funky Tang’s, Moneygram, Arabus Boutique and Singh’s Roti Shop & Bar. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 6 p.m.