Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 1st 2015 Contents Bob Yorke, the late owner of Mt
Irvine who was the man who gave
his backing and encourgement for
the Jazz on the Beach over the year.
Henderson was joined by Yorke s
daughter Jackie who asked the crowd
to continue supporting the event.
Tappin also paid Tribute to Yorke,
who he said was the reason he was
able to first come to T&T and play.
In his honour, he played, Soul Station
by Hank Mobley.
Henderson, who has big plans for
Jazz on the Beach in the future said
he is aware of the complaints from
some patrons about the size of the
event. "We are planning to make it
better next year," Henderson said.
"I can t reveal too much now, but
we ve realised that people want more
space and we also want to offer a
wider programme so yes, we are
going to make things different!"
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, May 1, 2015
Governor Jwala Rambarran
is pleased to invite the public to
Central Bank Auditorium, St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain
Sunday May 3rd, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
Mr. Kenneth Lalla S.C.
Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tickets can be collected from the Reception Desk, Ground Floor, Central Bank
from Monday, April 27th to Friday, May 1st, 2015
from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information, call 625-2601 ext 2142 or 2145
or email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
For many, the experience of jazz in Tobago does-
n t even include the shows at the Pigeon Point
Heritage Park. More and more people are heading
to Tobago just to spend the weekend at Mt Irvine
Beach for what is essentially a jazz cooler fete in
a wonderfully chilled out environment.
Jazz on the Beach which was launched nine years
ago by a team led by Carl Beaver Henderson and
backed by the late owner of the Mt Irvine Hotel,
Bob Yorke, is referred to as "the place where you
hear the real jazz on jazz weekend." It s a fringe
event, but with its popularity growing every year,
it is safe to say this event now a mainstream event
on Jazz weekend.
It s not hard to see why people love this event,
for just $200 you can take your cooler, sit on a
lovely beach front and enjoy the artistry of some
Jazz on The Beach took place on Mt Irvine Beach
during the day on Saturday and Sunday. The Sat-
urday show is the more popular and this year, the
beach was "ram out" with people and coolers.
There was a brilliant lineup across the two days
that included Arthur Marcial, the Tabanca Blues
Band, The Alternative String Quartet, Dean Williams
Quartet, Cadence and Leston Paul featuring Ajala
and Roger George.
There is no doubt, however, that the star of both
days was the headline act, Arturo Tappin.
Bajan saxophonist Tappin has a loyal and devoted
following in T&T. Unsurprisingly as a good looking
red man with long dreadlocks and a distinctive
handlebar moustache, his most ardent fans are
Tappin has been appearing at Jazz on the Beach
for several years and based on the rousing reception
he gets, the fans won t mind if he continues to be
a staple at the event.
An Arturo Tappin performance isn t just about
a man and his sax. It s about Tappin and his group
of talented young musicians and singers having a
blast and encouraging the audience to do the same.
From the minute they hit the stage in their colour-
ful dashikis, to the end of their performance, the
crowd at Mt Irvine sang, danced and clapped with
Tappin and his band touched a number of musical
genres from jazz to soul to funk to rock and of
There was something for everyone in his set that
included Earth, Wind and Fire s Getaway, Michael
Jackson s Bad, Good Kisser by Usher and Treasure
by Bruno Mars. Tappin s musical muse and mentor
is Grover Washington Jr, and this was particularly
evident when he had his turn to improvise during
his interpretation of John Legend s Red Light Special.
Washington had a distinctive way he used to caress
the notes that Tappin brought out in this piece.
When the band played the classics Cherry Pink
and Apple Blossom White by Perez Prado and Betcha
By Golly Wow by The Stylistics, as well as Chaka
Khan s Thru The Fire, couples started dancing and
But Tappin didn t give them much time to get
too groovy, because soon they were rocking out to
Bon Jovi s You Give Love A Bad Name.
It was soca, of course, that ended the 75-minute
long set, and it was a sight to see the big audience
doing the dance to accompany Fadda Fox s tune,
Ducking. It was a great segue into Ah Feeling by
Lead Pipe and Saddis, a version of which Tappin
has made extremely popular. Machel Montano s
brass-inspired Like Ah Boss was the finale and of
course, Tappin gave Mt Irvine a piece of improv-
isation that had people wining down like it was a
At the end of Tappin s set, Jazz on the Beach
producer Carl "Beaver" Henderson paid tribute to
Jazz on the Beach...
no longer on the fringe
Barbadian saxophonist Arturo Tappin
and one of T&T's ace pan players
Dane Gulston perform the soca hit
Ah Feeling during Tappin's set at
Jazz on the beach at Mt Irvine Beach,
Tobago on Saturday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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