|Thousands attend Jazz Experience in Speyside |
By KARL E CUPID Monday, April 21 2014
Michael Boothman literally “stilled” the massive crowd with a powerful display of authentic jazz as curtains went up on the ‘Tobago Jazz Experience’ at the Speyside Recreation Ground on Saturday evening.
However, as far as the thousands who flocked the venue were concerned, the night belonged to leading Jamaican reggae artiste Tarrus Riley.
The already bubbling crowd went wild when the headline act on the night took the stage at about 9.45 pm belting out a repertoire of his many hits. Before that, in the build-up to Riley’s appearance, Roy Cape and the All Stars, featuring lead singer Blaxx, had completely energised the crowd with a neatly interwoven mix of renditions ranging, from soca to ‘old school’ reggae and pop, with a touch of jazz, and then back to soca. Taking the stage at about 8.35 pm, they virtually ‘woke up’ the crowd as only Roy Cape could and the party on the Speyside greens was now in full swing. And then came Tarrus Riley.
Yesterday (Sunday) the action shifted to Signal Hill for ‘Jazz on the Hill’, and will continue during the week with ‘Jazz on the Waterfront’ at the Milford Road Esplanade in lower Scarborough on Wednesday, and North-East Jazz at Castara on Thursday.
On Friday all roads lead to the Pigeon Point Heritage Park for ‘World Music Night’, with the Jazz Experience coming to a climax with shows at the same venue on Saturday and Sunday, highlighting John Legend, Brandy, Earth Wind and Fire, among other international star performers.