Clarke and sax on fire

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at the re­cent Tin Pan Al­ley con­cert, and it was there that Clarke spoke to BUZZ about how the group was formed and how he has shaped his mu­si­cal path.

“Saxes On Fire be­gan in Au­gust for CARIESTA Youth Con­cert, in­spired by Sum­mer Horns, which is a [col­lab­o­ra­tion by] Gerald Al­bright, Mindi Abair, Dave Koz, and Richard El­liot, four of the big­gest sax names in smooth jazz. They play a lot of the 80s and 90s pop hits, Earth Wind And Fire, Ste­vie Won­der and Mo­town mu­sic.

“I wanted to work with young play­ers that have the same pas­sion, the same drive, the same love for their in­stru­ment and mu­sic be­cause I know that as a young­ster build­ing a brand and try­ing to get gigs it’s pretty dif­fi­cult to get the op­por­tu­nity. The guys I work with in Saxes On Fire, I’ve known them from see­ing them at school. Two of them are at Comber­mere, one is at Bar­ba­dos Com­mu­nity Col­lege and one grad­u­ated last year. It started to cre­ate a door for them to per­form,” he said.

While Tin Pan Al­ley was only their sec­ond gig, Clarke said “if all goes well”, he, Kofi Giles, Ky­mani Gilkes, Zukele In­niss and Ro­mario Wilkinson could be play­ing at the Ho­le­town Fes­ti­val and Holder’s Sea­son next year.

The sax­o­phon­ist said that with Gilkes and In­niss still at school, they re­hearse us­ing so­cial me­dia, given that they are not al­ways able to get to­gether. He ex­plained that the song cho­sen is posted in a group chat with specifics on the har­mony and ar­range­ments, then each sax­o­phon­ist has “home­work” to do, and when they get to­gether they play and make ad­just­ments to suit.

Con­cern­ing his ca­reer, Clarke told BUZZ that he had his par­ents’ sup­port. He noted that he had learnt a lot from his men­tor Ar­turo Tap­pin and shared that knowl­edge with younger mu­si­cians.

“He’s told me to be a brand in de­mand. I tell all the young­sters com­ing up to ‘go to ev­ery gig, or ev­ery jam ses­sion re­gard­less of the pay; play, net­work and make friends and even­tu­ally peo­ple will start talk­ing about you’. They have to get out there and ad­ver­tise the prod­uct. If you have a prod­uct and no­body knows about it, it’s not go­ing to sell.

“You never know who is watch­ing. You may go do a gig and ei­ther one of the mu­si­cians has to travel, gets sick or just can’t make it and you’re rec­om­mended. You go there and some­body in the au­di­ence is lis­ten­ing and asks, ‘Can I get

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Af­ter the pre­miere night, Sealy praised the per­for­mances while pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer for the event, Jac­que­line Collins, said she was sat­is­fied with the re­sponse to the event de­spite hav­ing to push it back from the orig­i­nal date.

She re­called that the re­vival of the his­tor­i­cal show was post­poned from the orig­i­nal date ow­ing to bad weather and the clos­ing cer­e­mony of CARIFESTA.

The in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed pre­sen­ta­tion with the Pinelands Cre­ative Work­shop high­lighted Bar­ba­dian cul­ture through colour­ful per­for­mances, some drama and skil­fully chore­ographed rou­tines.

The event fea­tured folk singing, a stilt walker, the Mother Sally, per­form­ers who de­picted the tra­di­tions and rhythms of the Spir­i­tual Bap­tist move­ment and dancers who de­picted the rev­elry of Kadoo­ment Day. (TG) you to play at my wed­ding’? You go play at the wed­ding and some­body else that’s there says, ‘I’m a food and bev­er­age man­ager at a ho­tel…’ This is how it goes; this has hap­pened to me,” he said, chuck­ling. (GBM)

THIS STILT WALKER drew the at­ten­tion of the au­di­ence.

SAX­O­PHON­IST My­lon Clarke. (FP)

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