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A star-studded guest list that included John
Travolta, Bruce Willis and Lady Gaga helped cel-
ebrate Tony Bennett's 90th birthday on
"This particular day is the best moment in my
life. The whole day has been magical. The whole
world is showing up for me and wishing me well
on my 90th birthday, and I can't be more blessed
than that," Bennett said.
Lady Gaga and Bennett have built a lasting
friendship that began when they collaborated on
a version of the song The Lady Is a Tramp and
the album Cheek to Cheek.
"Well, we just love one another. We're both
Italian-Americans and we understand one an-
other. I love her family. I love everything about
her and, you know, we just get along," Bennett
The birthday bash was held in the Rainbow
Room at Rockefeller Plaza. Willis attended with
his wife, Emma Heming, and the action star ad-
mitted he used to think making it to 90 was
enough. Now, after seeing Bennett's youthful ex-
uberance, he's not so sure.
Travolta recalled hearing Bennett's music
from an early age. He grew up not too far away
from Bennett in New Jersey and the singer's
music "saturated our home."
Musical performances from the event will be
shown on the prime-time TV special, Tony Ben-
nett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come. It
airs December 20 on NBC. (AP)
Lady Gaga, Travolta help to celebrate Tony Bennett birthday
Aspecial thanksgiving concert hosted by pianist Felix
"Sugar Fingers" Roach and the Sons of God Chorus
will take place on August 14 at the Little Carib The-
atre starting at 6.30 pm. Guest artistes will include well-
loved tenor singer Eddie Cumberbatch, the Lydian Male
Quartet, Michael Germain and The Strings Trio, and spo-
ken-word artiste Dennis Milton Morgan.
Felix Roach is the humble, talented Berklee-trained T&T
musician who entertained at the Hilton Trinidad hotel for
three decades before donating his musical skills to charities.
In 2004, the T&T Government awarded him the Hum-
mingbird Gold medal for his contributions to music. Roach,
too, will be performing at the concert as musical director of
the Sons of God chorus.
The concert, called Heal Our Land, will be recorded in HD
video with the help of technology from GISL (Government
Information Services Ltd) and an audio feed from Simeon
"Sanch" Sandiford s on-location recording console. It will
then be edited and packaged for subsequent digital streaming
on Republic Day on September 24, said Sandiford in a recent
T&T Guardian interview at his St Joseph office. Sandiford,
an avid music lover, music publisher, and owner of Sanch
Electronix music distribution store and recording studio, is
helping to organise the concert and managing the recording
In addition to the audiovisual recording for video trans-
mission, Sandiford is also eagerly anticipating production of
a CD product of the concert music, and future subscription
streaming of the music through Caziq, a T&T company due
to launch its subscription-streaming service for quality indige-
nous regional music on September 1.
The CD of the concert music will be produced and published
by One Caribbean Voice. Sandiford is the founder of One
Caribbean Voice, an enterprising business which, among other
things, aims to stream Caribbean and regional music at a high
quality resolution---not mp3 or other lower end formats---at
a monthly subscription rate, through the Caziq platform. One
Caribbean Voice also has a plan for other kinds of activity,
spanning education software, wellness, a music academy,
social entrepreneurship, engineering, and certification.
At the Heal Our Land upcoming live concert on Sunday,
August 14, a new group, Safari in Praise, will also be performing.
They will sing four songs (Lopinot Safari, I Shall Not Be Moved,
Jerusalem Is My Home, and Rock of Ages) to the musical
accompaniment of Michael Thompson on cuatro, "Pancho"
on box bass, Carlton "Jabba" on congas and percussion, and
Michael Blackman on bongos and percussion. Safari in Praise
singers are Anthony O Brien, Andrew Ovid and Joshua Phillip.
Also performing will be acoustic finger-style guitarist Larry
Lee Luck, who will play an interlude before the concert in the
Little Carib lobby. A reception at 5.30 pm will precede the
live concert on August 14.
Other performing groups may include Frenz in Muzic (Wayne
Dobson), Shade (an offshoot of Jeffery Pattaysingh s group
Nite Life), and the Dominant Seventh Calypso Jazz band (Rellon
The idea for the Heal Our Land concert comes from the
deep respect of some members of the Christian community
for the spiritually comforting, uplifting musical work done by
Felix Roach who, for years, has generously shared his musical
talents to help other musical groups to develop.
Roach has always worked musically with several Christian
groups, including the Church of the Incarnation in Maloney,
the choir at St Jude s in Arima and The Trinidad Christian
Centre in Petit Valley. He delights in sharing his music for
"God s work" and is currently musical director of the Sons
of God Chorus, a group of male singers established just three
The Sons of God Chorus members are the singing voice of
the larger men s group that was formed at the initiative of
the former parish priest, Fr Dr Arnold Francis in 2005 from
the Roman Catholic Parish of Bourg Mulatresse.
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and Sons of God
Available from Andre: 675-4264, 683-9502,
Sanch: 663-1384, and the Little Carib Theatre Box Office
through Michael: 779-3280 or 622-4644.
Here, Felix Roach gives a copy of his CD Felix Roach Plays the
Spirituals to His Excellency Nicola Girasoli, Apostolic Nuncio, at
his office on 11 Mary Street, St Clair, on April 11, 2016.
PHOTO COURTESY BERTRAND DE PEAZA.
The Heal Our Land concert on August 14 is
being hosted by pianist Felix Roach and the
Sons of God chorus which he directs, as a form
of thanksgiving to God. Roach has entertained
at the Hilton Trinidad hotel for three decades
before donating his musical skills to charities.
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