Chancellor's Jazz Farewell this evening

Sunday, July 29, 2018

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The Oriental Gardens at the University of the West Indies, Mona, will come alive this evening with the sweet sounds of jazz, as the celebrations of the UWI's 70th anniversary come to a close. Barbadian saxophonist Arturo Tappin heads an impressive list of acts for the event which will also see Jamaica's first lady of jazz Dr Myrna Hague Bradshaw; noted pianist and arranger Marjorie Whylie; bandleader Peter Asbourne; and the Desi Jones aggregation.

The event comes at the end of Chancellor's Week, which is a celebration of intellect and culture, includes the food and music of the Caribbean people, which has been observed since last Monday, July 23.

No stranger to Jamaica, the Barbadian-born Tappin has been tapping into the local musical culture for some time. This was reflected in his 1994 debut album Strictly Roots, followed by his second set Java in 1995, which showcased an undeniable influence by reggae music and the Jamaican sound.

The sax player who, at that time, had been coming to Jamaica since the 1980s, said when he first came to Jamaica his mission was to figure out what reggae music was all about.

“How do you build reggae, how do you put it together, what's the essence of reggae? Why is it a Jamaican playing reggae sounds completely different from the best musicians in New York or in London… the Marleys helped me quite a bit. Cedella and her mom putting me on Bob Marley's birthday bashes both in Kingston and Negril, giving me a lot of exposure,” he said in an interview.

Tappin, a graduate of the famed Berkley College in California, has performed with countless Jamaican and international acts including Luther Vandross, Eddy Grant, Monty Alexander, Ernest Ranglin, Mutabaruka, The Wailers, Toots Hibbert, Third World, Mikey Bennet, Maxi Priest, Bongo Herman and Dean Fraser.

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