An intimate and well-attended VIP reception was held earlier on today in the Rhum Lounge at New York's Negril restaurant located in the trendy downtown "Village" area. The meet-and-greet session for the Father's Day June 20th Steelpan Jazz Concert, billed as "An Acoustic Revolution", was a well-attended, three-hour affair. It featured several of the artists who would perform at Sunday's event, including ADLIB Steel Orchestra, Andy Narell, Garvin Blake, Buddy Williams and Gary Haase. Both Liam Teague and Arturo Tappin were slated to fly into New York later on in the evening, and were therefore unable to attend.
Mingling with the artists were lucky Steelpan Jazz ticket winners, the show host, New York's 98.7 Kiss FM's Lenny Greene, event organizer Abstract Entertainment's Ralph k. Ramsey, and steelpan legend Emmanuel "Jack" Riley, one of the two honorees at the Pan Jazz show. Andy Narell was delighted to greet Riley - well-known as a great improvisational steelpan player and soloist - and paid tribute to him, saying among other things "This man [Riley] was blowing a Jazz solo on pan, before I began playing [steelpan]!" Narell also shared a few moments with veteran Trinidad pannist Shiron Cooper, who is valiantly battling a serious illness.
The two women who are forces to be reckoned with in New York's pan world, Pantonic Steel Orchestra president, Glenda Gamory, and Women In Steel president Claudette Baptiste, were also among those invited. The reception turned out to be a great opportunity for the artists - a couple who knew each other well - to socialize, it being some time since some of them were last together on a gig.
WWRL 1600 - one of the Steelpan Jazz concert's sponsors - made the reception possible, and staffer Marko Noble ensured that everyone who walked in was warmly welcomed. Noble told the gathering he was pleased to be there on behalf of WWRL, who were happy to be associated both with the reception and the show, and introduced Ralph Ramsey to the crowd, who in turn thanked everyone for their support and for coming out to the reception. Ramsey extended Father's Day greetings in advance, and urged all present to enjoy both the afternoon and Sunday's show.
Pan Jazz - An Acoustic Revolution
takes place Sunday 20 June 2004 at world-renowned Lincoln Center's Alice
Tully's Hall in New York. Doors open at 5:30 PM and showtime is from
6 - 9 PM.
By CP - Basement Press Release Writer
All pictures by C. Phillips - © 2004 When Steel Talks