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.