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Tributes continue to pour in for veteran musi-
cian/steelband arranger Eddie Quarless.
Quarless, 62, died in New York on Sunday from
complications with non-Hodgkins lymphoma after
ailing for some time.
Eddie, the brother of Richard Quarless, musical
director of the Birdsong Academy Orchestra and
Birdsong Steel Orchestra, arranged at Panorama for
several steelbands, including Massy Trinidad All Stars
Yesterday, Pan Trinbago vice president Byron Ser-
rette said, "Eddie Quarless was an asset to the steel-
A musical genius
Steelband fraternity mourns Quarless...
band movement. He was one of those
conventional musicians who took the
time and energy to assist steelbands
in producing quality music.
"His work with the Birdsong Acad-
emy has been invaluable. Steelband
has lost a friend. Condolences to the
Quarless family from Pan Trinbago."
Republic Bank Exodus arranger and
Roots musical director, Pelham God-
dard, described Quarless as "a musical
"Eddie came out from the old school
in music. I met Eddie in Esquires, led
by Clive Bradley. We always discussed
music, exchanging books and ideas.
"Eddie was the man who arranged
SuperBlue s Spankin . His passing is
going to be a big loss to T&T music.
There ll be more music in heaven as
he has gone to meet Bradley."
Birdsong Foundation director Dennis
Phillip added, "Birdsong mourns the
passing of Eddie Quarless. Eddie was
an exceptionally talented arranger who
did several Panorama pieces for Bird-
song, All Stars and other steelbands
too numerous to mention.
"Eddie arranged several calypso
albums, including Shorty s path-
breaking Endless Vibrations. Eddie
also made his mark as a saxophone
player performing on numerous calyp-
so albums. On behalf of Birdsong, I
extend condolences to Richard, his
entire family and the music fraternity.
We have lost a very talented musi-
Born in Palo Seco, Eddie grew up in Tacarigua,
where his mother Beryl "Ma" Quarless worked
for many years at St Michael's Home. It was
there his talents for music became apparent, as
he quickly learned to play saxophone, keyboards,
flute and steelpan, among other instruments.
The youngest ever member of the T&T Police
Band, Eddie also played saxophone for many
years in Lord Kitchener's Kalypso Revue, and as
a member of Esquires along with Clive Bradley
and Pelham Goddard. He toured internationally
with calypso and soca's most pre-eminent
musicians and performers.
In 1999, he co-founded JahPan Caribbean Steel
Band, arranging and producing two CDs,
performing at countless music festivals and
school-based music workshops, and other
engagements throughout the US.
As arranger and producer, Eddie was at the
forefront of the development of soca music,
collaborating on literally hundreds of albums
with Rawlston Charles at Charlie's Calypso City
in Brooklyn, with Sparrow, Kitchener, Shadow,
Arrow, Merchant, Black Stalin, Mudada, Mighty
Duke, Lord Shorty, Crazy, Swallow, Frankie
McIntosh, SuperBlue, and many others.
In the mid-1980s, he began arranging for steel
orchestras in both Trinidad and New York.
Among his most notable works were
Earthquake, Heavy Roller and Dus in Your Face,
for Trinidad All Stars. Desperadoes selected him
to arrange its Tribute to Clive Bradley after
Bradley's death in 2005.
In addition to his work with traditional and
modern forms of Caribbean music, he is known
for his ability to work in both classical and jazz
idioms, creating arrangements that remain in the
repertoires of steelbands throughout the world.
1NEW YORK PARADE
Revellers in one of the bands enjoy themselves during the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn, New York, on Monday. AP PHOTO
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