Jamaica Jazz and Blues Pageant kicked off Thursday night with up-and-coming acts showcasing their expertise to the world, within the first on-line model of the occasion which is resuming after a five-year hiatus.
There have been pulsating melodies for the roughly three hours that the present lasted, with the newly minted bands and particular person gamers of devices drawing on materials from totally different genres of music, with reggae being the focus.
Intertwined between the performances have been commercials, messages and interviews from the sponsors and a message from previous performer Billy Ocean, with host Debbie Bissoon expertly mixing all of the items collectively.
In response to producers of the present, Marcia McDonnough of Touchstone Productions and Adrian Allen of Regular Picture, their affiliation with the present through the years enabled them to “convey again the magic”, though having to accept an internet staging as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
McDonnough mentioned organisers determined to make the occasion free for the general public to observe with a purpose to keep the pageant’s shut bond with followers that it developed through the years. She, nevertheless, requested for a donation all through the three days, to help the greater than 800 people who work behind the scenes on the exhibits and have been unemployed due to COVID-19.
Funds from the present, McDonnough mentioned, may also help Music Unites Jamaica Basis, a charity, which has stopped receiving funding due to COVID-19. Music Unites helps younger musicians to develop their craft.
Onstage, the web viewers acquired the chance to witness stellar performances from acts looking for so as to add their names to the checklist of elite artistes that the island has produced.
The bands and instrument gamers on show throughout the evening. dubbed ‘Band Quest’, have been drawn from social media on-line voting, after they uploaded performances to be judged.
Among the many performers have been 8, Rayven Amani, Ken Ellis, Joe Davis, Keturah ‘Soul Flutist’ Grey, Iron Kyte and Roots Percussionist.
Davis and Grey impressed with their capacity to play totally different musical devices. In his solo act, Davis performed keyboard, bass guitar, drum and harmonica, whereas Grey consistently switched from flute to saxophone all through her set.
Roots Percussionist, who had earlier joined Ken Ellis on stage for a duet, closed the evening. He performs percussion for lots of the island’s prime acts together with the internationally acclaimed Chronixx, whose tune ‘Skanking’ Candy’ he coated throughout the efficiency.