Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A weekend of humour and jazz


UK-BASED: Cameron Pierre

Mark Fraser



Mark Fraser

This weekend will offer patrons a mix of music and comedy as the National Humorous Calypso Monarch Competition and Jazz Artistes on the Greens (JAOTG) are scheduled to take place tomorrow.

Eight finalists will participate in the National Humorous Calypso Monarch Competition scheduled for tomorrow at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain at 8 p.m. The finalists who will seek to dethrone Myron B (Myron Bruce) are Anton Roberts, Caston Cupid, Juiceman (Dick Lochan), Lady Aeisha (Elizabeth George), Fitzy (Fritz Taylor), Kid Kalaloo (Julien Hunte), Ninja (Kenson Neptune) and Dr Rhythm (Shawn Mc Intyre) and will each perform two songs, their original compositions and a humorous song from the past.

Reigning monarch Myron B said he will come out with all guns blazing with his two compositions titled “One More Sip” and a 2008 composition “Take Carla Back”. He said it was not hard to pick a song from the past from his vast repertoire of work. He said his fans can expect a great show. “The most I could do is go out and put on a good show which I usually do. The audience can expect a good performance with plenty action.” 

“I have a large repertoire of humorous songs so it was like a flip of a coin to choose one,” Myron B said. 

Kid Kalaloo who is a favourite in the competition, placing first in the semifinal round with his popular ditty “Change of Address” is confident of his changes for the final. 

This is his third year in the competition. If he wins it would be his first time in winners’ row. 

“My second song would be ‘Leh Me Go’ by calypsonian Brigo. I chose that song because it coincides with my first song. I believe my chances are alright; I am comfortable. I love these types of humorous songs I think that it is who I am I won’t do anything else, humour fits my personality,” Kid Kalaloo said. The winner of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO)-sponsored National Humorous Calypso Monarch Competition will receive $25,000.

If you are seeking a more serious yet entertaining musical alternative then the Jazz Artistes on the Greens is not to be missed.

Organisers of tomorrow’s Jazz Artistes on the Greens have promised that patrons will experience an event filled with a vast repertoire of jazz and fusion jazz at the premier jazz event. 

Added to tomorrow’s cast will be the Zane Rodulfo Quintet. Jazz musicians from the region and around the world will be featured at this 12th edition of jazz artistes on the Greens which will kick off tomorrow from 4 p.m., at the Greens, Farm Road in St Joseph (WASA Grounds) with the theme “Come for the Lime...Discover the Music”. 

The event, staged by Production One Ltd, has grown into the premier jazz show on the island and will feature an exciting cast of local and international artistes including Barbadian vocalist, Marisa Lindsay; UK-based jazz guitarist, Cameron Pierre; pan virtuoso, Ken “Professor” Philmore; Cuban saxophonist, Emir Santa Cruz and his Espiral Trio and Berklee College of Music graduate, vocalist, Nyol Manswell of Trinidad and Tobago. Patrons will have access to Wi Fi, ATM; secure parking, food and premium drinks from Angostura premium bar, Garden Kitchen and Ma Ma’s ice cream, Trini Jam. 

Jazz Artistes on The Greens, is a large festival-styled jazz concert event that was initiated in June 2003. Leaning towards the Caribbean jazz idiom for inspiration, and with the intention of bringing a touch of class to local jazz, the objective was to expose as many new patrons and young musicians as possible to jazz, in an informal setting that could help remove much of the mystique that seemed to surround the genre. 

To quote Production One Ltd director, Rolf Doyle, “Jazz Artistes on the Greens is a first step towards a local jazz festival similar in popularity and size to those held annually in St Lucia and Barbados, but always remaining true to the jazz.” 

JATOG, according to organisers is the perfect ambience to enjoy good music, food, drinks and friends. Patrons are encouraged to walk with their blankets, picnic baskets, chairs, and their preferred vintage and great company. Local Cher-Mere will be on hand to provide rejuvenating massages to patrons.