Jazz Artists 2014
Jazz Artists on the Greens™ 2014 promises a powerful mix of contemporary Caribbean Jazz styles, delivered by some of the most talented performers to grace our stages.
Dominica-raised, Cameron Pierre has been a stalwart of the British jazz scene since the 80s, and was invited by renowned British saxophonist Courtney Pine to join his band. Cameron has since become an integral part of the group; both as a recording and live artist. Though his approach is undeniably indebted to that of his two great heroes, Wes Montgomery and George Benson, his playing style is infused with a bounce and vitality that is uniquely his.
Pan legend and internationally acclaimed, award-winning steel pan instrumentalist, composer and arranger Ken "Professor" Philmore is a musical giant in his homeland, the US and Europe. His impact on the pan arena has been nothing short of phenomenal and there are audiences yet to be exposed to his unique combination of dexterity and smooth runs on his "steel piano", as he calls it.
Berklee College of Music graduate, Nyol Manswell cites Stevie Wonder as his main influence: He influences my music more than anyone else I've listened to. Not because he's blind but because he makes good music." He is one of the finest new voices in calypso and jazz, this singer is now a mentor: “We have an obligation to do two things in life. That is to do all that is possible to ensure our own success: and help somebody else with their’s. If we take this seriously and apply it to our lives, just think what the world would be…”
All JAOTG 2014 artists' CDs and music are available at the Production One Ltd merchandise tent at JAOTG. Music from previous JAOTG artists, other Caribbean jazz artists and selected music on sale too.
Barbados born Marisa Lindsay's vocal talent reflects her naturally charismatic personality while drawing the audience in, to reveal a deep, soulful, sensual woman. Influenced by Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin and Billie Holiday, Marisa's performances take you through the turns and twists of her musical journey with heartfelt emotion.
Havana-born Emir Santacruz Hernandez began piano studies at the age of four, and today is one of the most prolific young jazz players on the Cuban scene, specialising in clarinet. Recently, he performed with Wynton Marsalis and Buena Vista All Stars, and at the Havana International Jazz Festival with his new band, Espiral. Emir is now recording his first CD with Calibri Cuban Record Company..
Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Zane Rodulfo had been intrigued by the sound of music as an infant. He began studying and performing music at the early age of 4 and is currently undergoing graduate study in Jazz Studies at New York University and holds Bachelor of Music degrees in both Jazz Performance and Ethnomusicology from the Oberlin Conservatory Of Music. Zane has opened for great musicians such as Stevie Wonder and performs at various festivals and venues where has shared the stage with award-winning musicians such as Nicholas Payton, Brian Lynch, the legendary Barry Harris, Wes Anderson and many others.