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Wonderful jazz on the beach

By Joan Rampersad Monday, April 28 2014

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Two patrons of Jazz on the Beach dance to Leston Paul and Connection's rendition of Pharrell Williams' 'Happy'....
Two patrons of Jazz on the Beach dance to Leston Paul and Connection's rendition of Pharrell Williams' 'Happy'....

Producer Carl “Beaver” Henderson must be congratulated for producing a most wonderful “Jazz on the Beach”, held at the Mt Irvine Bay on Saturday, as part of the Tobago Jazz Experience (TJE).

The show has become the signature event of the TJE, as it delivers true jazz, in the best atmosphere where there is partying, dancing and singing along to sweet jazz music.

Caribbean IN.XS featuring saxophonist Francis Prime thrilled the crowd with “Wine Light”, “Reaching Out”, “All Of Me”, “Mupotue”, “Feel Like Making Love”, “So Amazing”, “Let’s Get It On”, “Too Real” and “Just The Two of Us”.

Patrons were simply blown away at the end of the performance and signalled to them that they were in for the biggest treat of the TJE.

Next up was Leston Paul and The Connection, making their debut at the event.

They opened with soothing instrumental jazz versions of “Got To Be Careful”, “Do It”, “Sambaduro” and “Decision, after which Paul introduced vocalist Kayode Salina, and from his very first note, he immediately captured the hearts of patrons, especially the women, whose eyes were transfixed on the man behind the sweet voice as he sang “One Last Cry”.

He was lustily cheered after the delivery of the song. The young COSTAATT grad said afterwards that he focuses on nostalgia, love for music and to get his audience to sing.

His next selection was Baron’s “River of Tears” that elicited more lusty applause before another vocalist Shalmer was introduced to do “Memories”. The two then delivered a Leston Paul original “Get Up And Dance”.

The band continued with “Mt Irvine Beach Jazz” and closed with Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” An encore performance of Williams’ hit was demanded from the crowd.

Up next was Theron Shaw Project featuring Vaughnette Bigford-Griffith, whose repertoire included “Never Too Much”, “To Get Lucky”, “Mambo Inn”, “Dreadlocks”, “People Make The World Go Round”, “You’ve Got A Friend”, “Set My Soul on Fire” and “Born to Shine”.

Headline act Arturo Tappin’s opening segment featured the music of Earth Wind and Fire, who were to take the stage last evening.

Tappin then got into “Tempted To Touch”, “Bad”, “Moves Like Jagger” and “Treasure”, before putting the crowd in that wonderful spirit with “Good Time”, “To Get Lucky” and “Happy”. The Barbadian saxophonist continued to mesmerise the crowd with “You Are Everything”, “You Make Me Feel Brand New” and “Bet You By Golly Wow” before turning the beach front into one big party with the delivery of all the top Carnival 2014 hits, ending with “Big People Party”.

As patrons made their exit, they all vowed that they would be first in line for next year’s edition.

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