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NIGEL A CAMPBELL
For the second consecutive Friday in October,
there has been an opportunity for enhanced enter-
tainment in Port-of-Spain that features a mingling
and interface of jazz performance and western
classical music personnel.
The Classical Music Development Foundation s
production, On a Lighter Note at the Little Carib
Theatre on October 10, showcased light classical
songs and jazz vocal favourites by coloratura soprano
Natalia Dopwell accompanied by the Dominant
Seventh Calypso Jazz Band led by trumpeter Rellon
Unfortunately, this three-night event was avoided
by a wider audience on the gala premiere night
therefore denying the performers a critical ovation
and measure of what works and what does not.
The 90-minute show was a celebration of the
film and musical theatre songs of the Gershwins
(Embraceable You, Summertime, I ve Got Rhythm),
Cole Porter (Begin the Beguine, I ve Got You Under
My Skin), Andrew Lloyd-Webber (Half a Moment),
as were Dopwell s takes of the show tunes from
The Scarlet Pimpernel (Only Love) and Jeeves (Half
The only Buddy Walk in the
Caribbean will take place at Nelson
Mandela Park (formerly King George
V Park) in St Clair, Port-of-Spain at
2 pm, on October 19.
Approximately 500 people are
expected to attend the event, which is
one of over 250 walks across the globe
to raise awareness and funds for pro-
grammes that benefit people with Down
syndrome and their families.
A release said that Buddy Walk T&T
is organised by the locally-based Down
Syndrome Family Network (DSFN) and
will feature an awareness walk around
Nelson Mandela Park into the Queen s
Park Oval for a festival of family activ-
ities, kids games and a benefit concert.
Shurwayne Winchester, Imij & Com-
pany, JJ & Friends and DJ Kern Crosby
are among the acts who will provide
entertainment until 6 pm. Nikki Crosby
has donated her talent to host the con-
"By supporting our Buddy Walk, you
are supporting the acceptance and
inclusion of people with Down syn-
drome and people of all abilities," said
Glen Niles, Founder and President of
Down Syndrome Family Network "At
the Buddy Walk, we all walk togeth-
er."Participants of all ages and abilities
are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Registration is available at all Kenny
Sports Centres and is $60 per person
or $50 per person in groups of four or
Individuals with disabilities are free!
The registration fee includes the walk,
t-shirt, benefit concert, complimentary
drinks and a chance to win lots of give-
Good show, pity about the audience
Down Syndrome walk
to raise awareness
ON A LIGHTER NOTE: A REVIEW
a Moment) that allowed her to relax
into a milieu that defined excellence.
The show was also a nod to the style
of "crossover classical" made popular
by another diva, Sarah Brightman.
The opening song, Man of La Man-
cha (I, Don Quixote) was dedicated
to activist Dr Wayne Kublalsingh;
maybe a subtle jab at his solitary
determination and idealism against
all odds, but an apt song choice with
a message that was not missed by the
West End and Broadway musical
theatre songs, and tunes from movie
musicals were fodder for jazz singers
in the past.
Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole
set templates for the re-interpretation
of the theatre song to jazz standard.
Dopwell was up for the challenge of
phrasing the songs in a jazz context,
infusing her personality into these
songs. Stormy Weather, featured in
the later film of the same name, was
a standout that night.
Natalia Dopwell sings pleasantly,
however her connection with Dom-
inant Seventh Calypso Jazz Band was
almost non-existent, seemingly unfa-
miliar like two newly met co-workers.
The juxtaposition of classical training
and jazz technique and performance
revealed the fissure between the inter-
pretive styles of the two genres.
Jazz is interaction. It s a conversa-
tion. It felt like two concerts, which
from all appearances, it may have
been. Dopwell left the stage for the
band to perform, and only on a couple
songs were extended improvised solos
Dominant Seventh, a septet featur-
ing a young horn section of Brown,
Jeremy Chatoor on sax and flute and
Joshua Pasqual on trombone opened
the concert with the standard Green
Dolphin Street and interspersed the
show with three other instrumental
pieces including a new take on the
1991 Melanie Hudson song, I Will
Always Be There For You.
The paucity of audiences to
acknowledge this performance and
others like this such as the debut of
The Keate Street Jazz Octet the week
before is a signal that either marketing
efforts are falling on deaf ears or the
road to travel for the professional per-
former is long and lonely. On a lighter
note, on a different stage, this should
be a hit.
To learn more, visit
call 491-3429 or e-mail
Natalia Dopwell performs Je Veux Vivre at her
concert, A Lighter Note. PHOTOS: CLYDE LEWIS
Members of the Dominant Seventh Calypso Jazz Band which accompanied
Natalia Dopwell during On A lighter Note, at the Little Carib Theatre, Woodbrook.
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