When Steel Talks
Jazz Back In Harlem -
A Steelpan Affair
The Garvin Blake Quintet at the Uptown Renaissance Restaurant
Sunday's Pan Jazz event at the restaurant was completely sold-out. The Uptown crowd at the Renaissance Restaurant was not disappointed. Garvin Blake and his complement of stellar musicians (Frankie McIntosh, Damon Duewhite, Calvin Jones and Tony Cedras) in their own right, moved with the spirit of the great ones as they treated the audience to a jazz music performance that was befitting of the historical musical significance of hallowed Harlem ground they were on... This capacity crowd was treated to a special moment.
University of Connecticut Students
Brooklyn, New York - New York powerhouse Pantonic Steel Orchestra hosted a mini-seminar and concert exclusively for the students of University of Connecticut (UConn) steelband. Eight students form the University's Steelband traveled from their campus to the home of Pantonic Steel Orchestra in Brooklyn, the North American Mecca of Steelpan activity, as a means of interacting with and experiencing first-hand the performance of, a championship steel orchestra. The meeting was indeed an educational one.
A TRIBUTE TO PAN AND CALYPSO PIONEERS
The history of music in Trinidad and Tobago is rich and exciting and
continues to be influential in the potpourri of musical genres
throughout the musical world. The calypso, soca, chutney and parang are
all musical expressions that were given meaning to in Trinidad and
Tobago and continues to make an impact throughout the Caribbean region,
America, Canada and England.
Pantonic Steel Orchestra connects with UConn Steeldrums
Stage side members of four-time New York Panorama champions recently welcomed students with a penchant for pan from the University of Connecticut (UConn), to their Brooklyn practice room for a steelpan workshop. The structured session began with a performance exhibition of Pantonic flagship selections including Trini To the Bone, Celebrate and Time After Time.
The students included Music Education majors and others with an interest in music, all of whom were band members of UConn Steeldrums. The inclement weather this past Saturday was no match for the determination of the band members and their teacher, Dr. Robert W. Stephens, to journey to Brooklyn, New York for the band's first-ever steelpan workshop.
Full Story and Pictures >> http://www.panonthenet.com/articles/cparticles/tonic-uconn.htm
Restaurant brings a class act to Harlem, New York
An anxious crowd was seated at the Uptown Renaissance Restaurant on 116th Street in Harlem for what promised to be a special Sunday evening with a difference. Quite a few had come in from "out of town" because they heard that the Garvin Blake Quintet was making its appearance at the Harlem establishment. For some, they looked forward to revisiting the musical combination that had so wowed them on Father's Day last year, at the Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, when the quintet had performed there. From that show, and joining steel pannist Garvin (on double seconds) at this performance, were Frankie McIntosh on keyboards, Tony Cedras on accordion, and Calvin Jones on bass. Renowned percussionist Damon Duewhite who is also part of Garvin Blake's regular retinue, rounded out the group. Others patrons were music lovers with a taste for anything jazz; and came out for an experience which promised to be at least intriguing.
Great Steelpan events coming soon...