…a sampling of Jazz news deserving of a post rather than a roll, a blogroll
Jazz is going to be the genre of choice for the next three years of celebrations marking the centenary of the Holy Trinity Church of North Street, Kingston, Jamaica. As a matter of fact, Jazz was in the air for a fundraiser held at the residence of the church’s Archbishop on Sunday, April 13, 2008 to benefit the restoration of the church’s cathedral, which has been made a National Heritage Site.
Headlining that ”Evening of Jazz” was Jamaica born trumpeter Dizzy Reece and drummer Desi Jones and the Skool Band.
Desi Jones and Skool made three renditions including ‘On Broadway‘ that George Benson has immortalised and ‘Footprints‘ written by Wayne Shorter for Miles Davis’ 1966 album ’Miles Smiles.’ Skool is Jones (drums), Christopher McDonald and Othneil Lewis (keys), Rohan Reid (guitar) and Haslam (bass).
Reece was more sedate as exemplified by his take on the evergreen standard ’Round About Midnight.’
But there are some young Jazz upstarts who excited the concertgoers too. Among them were singers Jodian Pantry and Karen Smith. Smith did Gerald Marks and Seymour Simon’s “All of Me,” Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life” and ”Fever.” The Kingsley Depasse Trio who was also well-received for their covers of “My Favourite Things“ and “Sweet Georgia Brown.” And not to mention veteran trumpeter Mickey Hanson.