A number of local, regional and international Jazz musicians will be featured in the jazz Artistes on the Greens concert (JAOTG), on Saturday March 16, 2013 at The Greens, Farm Road, St Joseph (WASA Sports Grounds) from 4pm. The 11th edition of the concert will feature Latin Jazz Sextet, Alexis Baro, Jesse Ryan 6TET, Xavier Strings, and pannist Andy Narell and other artistes.
Staged by Production One Limited, the event is being billed as one of the premier jazz events on the local social calendar. Concert organiser Rolf Doyle said patrons can expect great music and a festival atmosphere. He described the jazz concert as a contemporary blend of Latin and Caribbean flavours. "Over the years what we have found is that more and more nontraditional jazz lovers are coming to experience the event. We have seen an increase of a younger audience who are appreciative of the music. The whole atmosphere is relaxed and laid back and very festive. You can walk with your mats, pillows, blankets or beach chairs and lull off. There will be a well-stocked bar, food and a lot of giveaways," Doyle said.
Doyle said patrons are more appreciative of the new open air St Joseph venue. The concert was previously held at the Centre for Creative Arts, UWI St Augustine. "People are a lot more comfortable in the new location. It's open air, well lit and secure; there is secured parking. Patrons loved the old venue but they are also appreciative of the new venue," Doyle said.
Alexis Baro (trumpeter, flugelhornist) was born into a musical family in Havana, Cuba. Classically trained, he took up the trumpet as a youngster, pursuing his music studies until ultimately receiving a teaching certification from Havana's Amadeo Roldan Music Institute.
Best known as a Latin jazz specialist, Baro began exploring a multiplicity of other musical styles after moving to Toronto in 2001, embracing not only the jazz genre but adding R&B, funk, and calypso, working with a diverse list of artists that included Ruben Vazquez, Evaristo Machado, Cassava, David Rudder, The Clash, Son Ache, and Kollage. His artistic abilities led to more high-profile engagements, too, backing touring entertainment names including The Temptations, Donny Osmond, Sheena Easton, and Jon Secada.
In early 2008, Baro released his debut CD, "Havana Banana", featuring a sextet of some of the most accomplished players on the Toronto's jazz roster. He has been nominated for Best Trumpet Player at the National Jazz Awards for 2005, 2006 and 2007 and is co-winner of a Juno as well as a Gemini for best live performance with Kollage.
Andy Narell, with his first solo album in 1979 took the steelpan out of the steelband and brought it into the jazz band, and with every recording and concert since, he has explored the possibilities and expanded the role of the pan in contemporary music. 2011 marked the release of Narell's DVD package 'Alive,' which includes two full length documentaries about his work. 'Andy and the Jumbies' takes us from the panyards of Trinidad to the streets of New York, and follows his projects with Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra and the great calypsonian Relator, also featuring interviews with David Rudder, Ray Holman, Peter Minshall, and Kim Johnson. 'Calypso Fever' documents Andy's collaboration with the WDR Big Band, merging the Andy Narell Steelband with the WDR to create a new 40 piece orchestra.
Narell has made more than a dozen albums as leader, one as co-leader with Relator (University of Calypso), two as co-leader of the Caribbean Jazz Project (with Paquito D'Rivera and Dave Samuels), and two as co-leader of Sakésho (with Mario Canonge, Michel Alibo, and Jean Philippe Fanfant). Along the way he has worked with artists as diverse as Chucho Valdes, Bela Fleck, Marcus Miller, Maraca y Otro Vision, Willie Colon, Bebo Valdes, Flora Purim and Airto, Vince Mendoza, The WDR Big Band(Koln), The Metropole Orchestra (Holland), Andre Ceccarelli, Spyro Gyra, Dr Billy Taylor, Nancy Wilson, Irakere, Tito Puente, Orquestra Aragon, David Rudder, Black Stalin, Andre Tanker,Angelique Kidjo, Etienne Mbappé, Mokhtar Samba, Karim Ziad, Ray Lema, Kora Jazz Trio, Kassav, Vusi Mahlasela, Philippe Lavil, Toto, Aretha Franklin, and the Kronos String Quartet. He has performed on movie scores by James Horner, Maurice Jarre, Elmer Bernstein, Hans Zimmer, Michel Colombier, and Thomas Newman, and his compositions have been featured in the film The Firm, and on tv shows like Designing Women and Going to Extremes, as well as commercials for Apple Computers, Sony, Porsche, and Southwest Bell.
Xavier Strings is a band that explores the versatility of the violin and viola with modern electronic instruments —keyboard, guitars and drum and bass. At its core, are sisters Janine and Janelle Xavier - two experienced and versatile violinists, violists and vocalists. These improvisational specialists have performed in Europe and across the Caribbean, in a range of jazz, classical, Caribbean and fusion musical ensembles and as soloists.
They created and performed original work for the BBC and have also worked alongside a host of acts including local artists like the late Ras Shorty I, and the Love Circle, Black Stalin, Sean Daniel, Rikki Jai and Ravi B. Between them, they have graced the stages of Jazz, Music Festivals and Carnivals in Trinidad and Tobago and the UK.