North Stars Molten
tour at Regent's Park - photos by R. Joseph
Visitors to Regents Park, London were certainly
treated to a generous helping of Pan/Jazz music on Sunday the 17th
July 2005 supplied by North Stars Steel Orchestra, the acclaimed
trombonist, Dennis Rollins and the young and aspiring pan musician
Samuel Dubois. North Stars’ ‘Molten Metal’ tour of the UK is turning
out to be yet another one of their great achievements. They had the
crowds dancing, young and old jamming to the sweet sounds of steel
and trombone. The ‘concert’ was blessed with great summer conditions
with the crowds basking in the 29 º temperatures.
North Stars Steel Orchestra is one of Europe’s oldest and
best-established steel bands. Founded in Huddersfield in 1975, North
Stars set out to reveal to the British people the true spirit,
virtuosity and power of the authentic steel pan art form as it is in
Trinidad. Over the last 30 years, the orchestra has constantly
striven to expand the scope and scale of both the music and its
audience through performance, education, competition and
collaboration. During that time North Stars have performed
throughout the UK as well as in Germany, France and the Caribbean.
Highlights include performing at Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s
Jubilee Festival, at the Old Vic for the 100th birthday celebrations
of the Labour Party, at the Royal Festival Hall and Shakespeare’s
Globe, and live on BBC’s Blue Peter. In 2002 they were crowned
British Champions of Steel at the National Steelband Panorama.
Acclaimed musician, composer and educator, Dennis Rollins is
well-known on the British and international jazz scene and is
celebrated for his professionalism, versatility and unique approach
to the underrated trombone. Recently hailed by Jazzwise as ‘the most
exciting British trombonist in decades’, Dennis is inspiring a new
generation of musicians and audiences – demonstrating how the
underrated trombone can be an exciting front-line instrument.
Samuel Dubois is the British Association of Steelbands (BAS) 2004
Pan Explosion champion soloist and was also responsible for the
musical arrangements for Ebony MV ensemble. He has been a member of
Ebony Steel Orchestra for many years and has played with the London
Philharmonic Orchestra and Billy Ocean and for movie stars Bill
Murray and Pierce Brosnan. He teaches the steel pan art form in over
twenty schools and is also a new force in the UK as a composer and
The combination of a jazz/funk trombonist with a full steel
orchestra has never been done before so patrons to their concerts
will have to get ready for a mind-bending meeting of metal and
All photos by
Sunday, 17 July, 3.15pm
Royal Parks Summer Programme, Regent's Park Bandstand, London
Saturday, 23 July, 4.00pm
Harbourside Festival, Bristol
Saturday, 13 August, 6.30pm
Brecon Jazz Festival, Wales
Sunday, 14 August
World Music Day, Shrewsbury
Saturday, 10 September
Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria
Saturday, 8 October
Marsden Jazz Festival, West Yorkshire
Saturday, 15 October
The Playhouse, Norwich
Sunday, 23 October
Musicport 2005 Festival, Whitby, North Yorkshire
Saturday, 12 November
Sallis Benny Theatre, Brighton
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