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u s: B , 4 B ; : * orri Boss s, 6.125 B C;
urs: A i i o r , 9 B C; ri: u o A ri , 8
C ; : or u , 5.30 C .
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u r i s o v ry o y, r i u r y rou
o - .
Tao, the Chinese concept rep-
resenting "the path" or "the
way," is taking on a whole new
meaning on Saturday nights at the local
sushi bar that bears the philosophy s
name. TAO Sushi is the venue; Word
and Jazz is the weekly event. Or maybe
it s more like a movement.
It all came about organically. John
Francis, an R&B performer known in
the music fraternity by his stage
moniker, John John, thought that TAO
would be a great place to launch his
debut album. The owners agreed (the
launch is actually carded for July 27)
and immediately saw the potential:
could this be something that happened
every week? Album launches...maybe
not. But performances? Definitely.
There were certainly enough talented
local musicians and performers looking
for a supportive place to hone their
craft, thought Francis. He was just one
of them---and as an artist signed with
the Highway Records label, he had
access to many more.
John is responsible for booking
artistes and hosting the shows; he even
makes a point of performing at least
one song with each guest musician.
Highway Records has taken on the role
of managing and marketing the event
series, as well as archiving the per-
formances on video. The Web site
lime.tt helps with the media promotion
and handling the door---and they
apparently have their hands full.
"There s not too many venues for
live local music," explains Francis. "At
least not for jazz and spoken word."
He says that TAO Sushi s ambience
suits the mood of the music and the
depth of the spoken word perform-
ances. It also provides an alternative
method of getting original local music
"We re creating our own fan base,"
says Francis. "Each time, more people
come out to support us. That s how
underground artistes grow."
Word and Jazz started the last week
of May in a small section of the restau-
rant. The series was originally planned
to run until August 31, but it has
become so popular that not only has
it moved to a bigger space within the
sushi bar, it will likely have a longer
run as well---at least until Carnival sea-
son begins, says Francis.
The series has had some impressive
names to its credit. Kern Sumerville,
the multi-talented panman, drummer
and trumpet player, performed a stir-
ring Jazz fusion set a couple of weeks
ago. Last night, Nigel Rojas and Friends
were scheduled to bring down the
house with a semi-acoustic set that
blended rock, R&B and alternative gen-
res. Next week, Janique Dennis, a poet
who melds song and the spoken word,
will perform for the crowd.
Who is this crowd, exactly? "It s a
sit-down and relax, more mature audi-
ence," says Francis. "Anyone from 25
to 70 who craves something different.
The performances are thought-pro-
voking; paired with the sushi and the
wine, it s just a calmer vibe."
For $100, you can enjoy the cool jazz
of panman Mikhail Salcedo or the sear-
ing spoken word commentary of Kern
Solomon or Freetown Collective, the
group of folksy lyricists and musicians
who put a powerful, modern spin on
T&T s oral tradition.
Check out the event's Facebook page
9/) for regular updates.
A ri o 's B s i s o Box
The cream of this crop
The Adventures of Tintin brings
The Secret of the Unicorn to the big
path to jazz,
R&B performer John "John John" Francis performing at Word and Jazz.
PHOTO COURTESY LIME.TT
We're creating our own fan base.
Each time, more people come out
to support us. That's how
underground artistes grow.
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