Sunday October 4 tune in to VOB 92.9 FM @ 6pm when George Gill, the entertaining jazz vocalist, is the guest on the BJS Jazz Hour with host Jerome Jones.

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Sunday Oct 4 tune in to VOB 92.9 FM @ 6pm when George Gill, the entertaining jazz vocalist, is the guest on the BJS Jazz Hour with host Jerome Jones.

George Gill –  George has entertained audiences in Australia, Italy, and Turkey. George brings with him training in the performing arts from the Academmia Sharoff of Roma, and enjoyed a stint under the big tent at Italian circus Il Clown Gianni E La Teca Dell’Immaginario, entertaining thousands of people across Italy. When he isn’t serenading his audience in English, Spanish or Italian, his wit, charm and reputed ‘gift of gab’ is more than enough to leave you smiling
Tune in to VOB 92.9FM the first Sunday of each month for the best in jazz music listening. Plumtree Club at Rockley sponsors the BJS Jazz Hour.

Sunday September 6 BJS Jazz Hour @ 6pm special guest Mario Porchetta

Sunday September 6 tune in to VOB 92.9 FM @ 6pm when Mario Porchetta, percussionist and the leader of Jazz3, is the guest on the BJS Jazz Hour with host Barry Taylor.

Mario Porchetta – percussionist and the leader of Jazz3  a trio that combines modern and traditional jazz with Caribbean rhythms will be featured guest on BJS Radio Show.  Mario has performed in Europe, Africa, Asia and in the Caribbean including performing three times at  the Barbados Jazz Festival and at the St. Lucia Jazz festival.
Tune in to VOB 92.9FM the first Sunday of each month for the best in jazz music listening. Plumtree Club at Rockley sponsors the BJS Jazz Hour.

Sunday June 7 BJS Jazz Hour @ 6pm special guest Sue Walcott reminisces on the Waterfront Café

BJS_Jazz_HourSunday June 7 tune in to VOB 92.9 FM @ 6pm when Sue Walcott, proprietor of the Waterfront Café in Bridgetown, is the guest on the BJS Jazz Hour with host Jerome Jones.

The legendary Waterfront Café recently closed its doors after over 30 years at its location along the wharf in Bridgetown where it was the place to be for live Jazz in Barbados.

Sunday June 7, between 6pm and 7 pm, Sue reminisces with host Jerome Jones about her career as Café owner and manager, and the musicians, both local and international, who played jazz music on the stage. Listeners are in for a special treat with tracks of great music from some of those musicians.

Tune in to VOB 92.9FM the first Sunday of each month for the best in jazz music listening. Plumtree Club at Rockley sponsors the BJS Jazz Hour.

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‘On the Other Side’ with Barbadian Saxophonist Joseph Callender

Tuesday June 2, 2015

Barbadian Saxophonist Joseph Callender took the audience ‘On the Other Side’ at his recent sunset concert at Frank Collymore Hall.20150520_192913 (2)

‘On the Other Side’ showcased Joseph’s amazing talents on the sax as he dazzled the audience with his original compositions and familiar covers, including made famous by Earth, Wind and Fire.

Backing Joseph were some of Barbados’ finest musicians from the 1688 Collective. Stefan Walcott on the 9′ Steinway, Petra Welch on drums, Jewel Morris on electric bass, with Mario Porchetta on percussion. The brass section with Mylon Clarke on tenor sax, Kewku Jelani on trumpet and Keron Prescod on trombone was the perfect compliment to Joseph’s alto sax and flute. For many, the highlight was Joseph’s duo with veteran Jazz pianist Ebe Gilkes on My One and Only Love Untitled-1

Thank you to all patrons who contributed very generously to support Joseph’s studies at Humber College.

Contributions to the Joseph Leo Callender Education Fund, Scotiabank, Rockley Branch, Account #810149, continue to be gratefully accepted.

Sunday March 1 on the BJS Jazz Hour Barbadian Tenor Saxophonist Mylon Clarke discusses all things jazz

Young Barbadian Saxophonist Mylon Clarke shares his experiences with BJS Jazz Hour host Jerome Jones following his win of the prestigious Berklee College of Music Summer Scholarship 2014. Mylon is a graduate of the Barbados Community College Music Program.

Sagicor Christmas Jazz is an annual event in Barbados. The Sagicor Christmas Jazz Summer Scholarship is a 5-week award that includes full tuition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and all expenses. Barbadian trumpeter Kweku Jalani, winner of the 2015 Sagicor Christmas Jazz scholarship, will be heading off to Boston this summer.

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Mylon Clarke entertains at a BJS member's mingle. Along with Mylon is Darrin Massiah on guitar & Lorin Jackson on bass. July 2012

Mylon Clarke entertains at a BJS member’s mingle. Along with Mylon is Darrin Massiah on guitar & Lorin Jackson on bass.

Check out Mylon’s gigs around Barbados. For listing on this site go to Live Jazz Barbados.

Tuesday February 17 Canadian Jazz pianist Steve Koven merges his talents with local musicians

You will not want to miss this jazz evening . . .

Canadian Jazz pianist Steve Koven is back in Barbados to perform with friends from the local jazz community. Tuesday February 17 Steve performs at Lobster Alive with the Roger Gittens Quartet. Jazz time 7pm. Reservations are a must!

Steve Koven is a composer, performer, producer and educator. In 1993 Steve established the Steve Koven Trio. The Steve Koven Trio performed in Barbados at The Waterfront Cafe. Steve has performed solo for audiences at the Frank Collymore Hall and done gigs with local musicians at many of the jazz venues in the island.

Aside from performing world wide with his trio, Steve also performs solo piano concerts throughout North America, Europe and the Caribbean. Dozens of Koven’s compositions have been licensed for national and international film and television productions. As an educator, Steve has been teaching in the Faculty of Music at York University since 2003, teaching Contemporary Improvisation and Jazz Piano. In addition, Koven also teaches Music at Toronto’s Centennial College. He holds a Masters in Music Composition and has presented master classes and clinics in Barbados, China, Japan, Colombia, The Bahamas and Mexico. Steve lives in Toronto with his wife Lee-Anne.

February 1 BJS Jazz Hour hosts bassist Neil Newton

Neil 2Neil Newton is a bass player, sound engineer, arranger and composer with a unique sound. His superior grooveability and amazing attention to tone and texture make him one of the most respected bass players in Barbados. He has played with notable artists and musicians such as Arturo Tappin, Kite, Stefan Walcott and Eddie Bullen, at local, regional and international events and festivals.

He joined with long time friends and colleagues David Carnegie and Stefan Walcott to form The Original Unit, a jazz trio that combined elements of Caribbean music, straight-ahead jazz, soul, electronica and free improvisation.

Neil continues to be very busy and much in demand; he can be seen playing at various events in a range of musical genres.

Don’t miss Neil and The Original Unit at Scoopie’s Jazz Club. Friday January 30 One night only

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January 24, 2015 Honey Jazz returns to Frank Collymore Hall!

The 4th annual Honey Jazz concert takes place on Saturday, January 24 at Frank Collymore Hall.

The January concert is a fundraiser for the developmental Honey Jam program which provides performance, networking, mentoring and educational opportunities to young artists in Barbados.

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An elegant evening of stellar live performances, the concert will feature some of the local vocalists from the popular Honey Jam show including Honey Jam Alumni: Gigi Ma’at, Rhesa Garnes, Debbie Reifer, Faith Callender, Ieashia Browne, Christina Dottin, Tionne Hernandez, Karina Goodridge, Jai Josee &Rhea Layne along with guests Kellie Cadogan, Lana Kirton with very special guest UK artist Heather Small of the group M People.

Share the appreciation of jazz with a new generation. Sponsor tickets for music students who may not be able to afford to attend this show. Support the Honey Jazz student ticket drive.

Please click on this link to see Honey Jazz highlights from their last concert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI9R-I_T83U

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Support the Honey Jazz student ticket drive with your sponsorship of a ticket @ $50 each. Give the gift of jazz appreciation to the young generation.

For more information contact honeyjambarbados@gmail.com

Keeping Jazz Alive in Barbados 2014

January 27, 2014

“Jazz is about being in the moment”  Herbie Hancock

January is traditionally jazz month in Barbados.  BJS applauds Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari and Honey Jazz 2014 for maintaining the tradition for keeping jazz alive in Barbados.

Tom Hinds of Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari, Naniki Jazz Festival Barbados 2014(web)brought jazz patrons 6 days of exciting jazz music with a Jazz Adventure in Barbados 2014 at Sea Rocks Dome, Harrison’s Cave, and the Naniki Amphitheatre. This thrilling jazz journey, now in its second year, included Barbados own, saxophonist Arturo Tappin, The Oscar Peterson Legacy Trio, Randy Weston, Mary Wilson of the Supremes in The Story of Lena Horn, and more at http://www.nanikicaribbeanjazzsafari.com/barbados-line-up/Honey Jazz 2014

Honey Jazz . . . ladies sing the blues promised an evening of sweet jazz and did not disappoint. Backed by musicians from the 1688 Collective, the ladies gave the audience just a taste of their amazing potential. View highlights from the show at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI9R-I_T83U.

Produced by Ebonnie Rowe, the Honey Jazz concert is a spin-off of Honey Jam Barbados, and a fundraiser for an artist development program that offers mentoring, educational, and showcasing opportunities for young female artists. www.honeyjambarbados.com

People have taken time out of their day and spent their money to come sit down at a concert. And it’s jazz music-it’s not easy for them to get to it. I don’t want them ever to feel that I’m taking their presence lightly. Wynton Marsalis

* Post prepared by Susan E. Bain