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On Sun­day, Barry Wil­liams (bari­tone), Paulette Bel­lamy (vi­o­lin­ist), Jon Wil­liams (vi­o­lin­ist/pi­anist) and God­frey Tay­lor, vo­cal­ist/pi­anist, will be the fea­tured artistes at Voice Meets Strings & Ivory, to be held at Church on the Rock, 7 Clifton Drive, St An­drew, at 5 p.m.

This con­cert will show­case songs and mu­si­cal pieces from the clas­si­cal and gospel gen­res, as well as Broad­way hits and reg­gae gospel.

The out­stand­ing mu­si­cians are slated to take the au­di­ence mem­bers on a mu­si­cal jour­ney cov­er­ing or­a­to­rios, English art songs, spir­i­tu­als, Ger­man leid and well-known gospel songs, com­bin­ing voice, vi­olins, and pi­ano.

Grub Cooper’s fans have grown ac­cus­tomed to hear­ing him play­ing sweet rhythms on the drums while sing­ing with Fab 5. How­ever, on Sun­day Cooper will be ap­pear­ar­ing mi­nus his drum­sticks, tak­ing cen­trestage to give the full range of his reper­toire as an ac­com­plished vo­calis at Jazz in the Gar­dens, Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus Ho­tel.

Renowned as a song­writer, pro­ducer, drum­mer and sax­o­phon­ist, since 1970 Cooper has been the mu­si­cal ar­ranger for penned some of Ja­maica’s most mem­o­rable hits, in­clud­ing Ja­maican Woman, Yu Safe and All Night Party. Grub played on all the reg­gae tracks on Johnny Nash’s plat­inum al­bum I Can See Clearly Now, which pro­duced Bob Mar­ley’s first hit as a song­writer Guava Jelly.

He also has six Fes­ti­val Song win­ners for artistes in­clud­ing Eric Don­ald­son and Roy Rayon. ar­ranged back­ing vo­cals for the I-Threes on Com­ing in From Grub Cooper

the Cold and Bad Card. He worked with pro­ducer Steve Levine in Lon­don on a sin­gle for Boy Ge­orge, Be­lieve in it All, as back­ground vo­cal­ist and played drums on the Beach Boys al­bum Kokomo.

Cooper has re­ceived na­tional awards from the Gov­ern­ment of Ja­maica, in­clud­ing the Or­der of Dis­tinc­tion, Of­fi­cer Class (OD). This was sub­se­quently el­e­vated to Com­man­der Class (CD). He has also re­ceived a spe­cial hon­our award from the Ja­maica Fed­er­a­tion of Mu­si­cians JFM (1988) for his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of Ja­maican mu­sic. He has also been Ja­maica’s lead­ing the­atre mu­si­cian for al­most two decades, win­ning numer­ous Ac­tor Boy Awards.

The theme for this month’s Jazz in the Gar­dens con­cert is Mae­stros and Di­vas. Myrna Hague, Karen Smith, Christina Smith (from Canada), Alex Wel­come and young singer Courtni Jack­son will per­form. Pro­vid­ing mu­sic for the evening will be drum­mer Desi Jones with his mu­si­cal friends.

The con­cert con­tin­ues to be sup­ported by KOOL 97 FM, Power 106 FM, Mu­sic 99 FM, Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus, Clear Sound Pro­duc­tion Ser­vices and Ce­les­tial Sea­son­ings.


Karen Smith


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