Jazzing up Jamaica | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2007 June is jazz month in Jamaica, with the 17th Ocho Rios Jazz Festival continuing this year as the main attraction, running June 9-17. Founded back in 1991 by Sonny Bradshaw, the festival started as an experimental one-day event they called the Ocho Rios “Mini” Jazz Festival, featuring some of the most prominent names in Jamaican … Continue reading Jazzing up Jamaica | Caribbean Beat

Review: Carnival Messiah (2004)

I had heard all the buzz, and I’d read the awful deconstructions in the press, and was eager to see how I felt about Carnival Messiah. As I expected, I could see where the strong feelings for and against the production had originated. The programme described it as a ‘two-hour spectacular’, but in reality, it was some three and a half hours later that I made my exit from the … Continue reading Review: Carnival Messiah (2004)

A Marionettes concert diary

Originally assigned for and published in the Trinidad Express Newspaper in 2001 February. Carnival is over. Marionettes Chorale practices begin again. The holy Trinity (conductor Gretta Taylor, secretary Joanne Mendes and Assistant Musical Director Susan Dore) and the organising committee have been talking about a gospel, folk and spiritual CD to showcase local compositions and arrangements. Sounds interesting. We may even make a concert out … Continue reading A Marionettes concert diary