Jazz on The Bay

The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Cat Fos­ter

Big Chef Steak­house and Ta­pas on The Bay were the places to be last weekend for an in­jec­tion of jazz to kick off the Jazz Fes­ti­val. And what could be bet­ter than sit­ting at a ta­ble, rather than on the grass, with great food served el­e­gantly in in­ti­mate sur­round­ings, drink in a glass (no plas­tic cups here!) and sweet, sweet mu­sic?

2016 was the in­au­gu­ral ‘Voices on The Bay/Boo, Jazz and Big Chef’ cel­e­bra­tion and it won such ac­claim that it had to be re­peated this year. The open­ing night last Satur­day at Big Chef Steak­house fea­tured the renowned, the tal­ented, the in­de­fati­ga­ble Ron­ald ‘Boo’ Hink­son and friends. Boy, the man can play guitar! Was he born with that in­stru­ment? It’s like an ex­ten­sion of Boo - he was able to carry on a con­ver­sa­tion with a fan while still play­ing and with­out miss­ing a note or a beat.

Boo played for three hours non-stop! Yes, he’s a real trooper who’ll al­ways please the crowd but he should have been joined by sax­o­phon­ist Bar­bara Cadet who, for rea­sons be­yond her con­trol, was un­able to reach the venue. The good news is that Bar­bara will ap­pear at Big Chef tonight with Boo and vo­cal­ist Semi Werner Fran­cis. It’s a win­ning com­bi­na­tion so don’t miss it!

Boo has a fine sta­ble of mu­si­cian friends; hats off to him for pro­mot­ing the youth of this is­land which is one of the rea­sons for these jazz events, es­pe­cially Voices on The Bay. Last Satur­day he was ac­com­pa­nied by Danyl Daniel on key­board, Den­zil Leon on drums, Nicky Pam­phile on bass guitar and Hi­lary Lewis on trom­bone, with the melo­di­ous voice of Semi Werner Fran­cis. The guys jammed in jazzy style and had the au­di­ence foot­tap­ping, loudly ap­plaud­ing and danc­ing. So in­fec­tious was the fun that two din­ers even took to the stage to sing along.

On Sun­day the day­time at­trac­tion at Ta­pas on The Bay was Bar­bara Cadet at a Heineken-spon­sored brunch. Tan­ta­liz­ingly it fea­tured a spe­cialty menu of Heineken beer-in­fused soup, en­trees and desserts (Heineken poached ap­ple crum­ble and Heineken ice cream!) and some in­trigu­ing Heineken cock­tails. Even Betsy, the res­i­dent cat, was ob­served en­joy­ing the tem­pura shrimps with Heineken mayo!

Like Boo, Bar­bara Cadet’s bat­ter­ies just keep on run­ning and she en­ter­tained the af­ter­noon crowd for over two hours! Where does she get the en­ergy to blow that sax for so long? Could it be the Heineken?! The gal was a de­light, de­liv­er­ing a di­verse se­lec­tion of tunes to please jazz en­thu­si­asts, lovers of soul and pop princesses. Some of the ladies took to the floor while oth­ers swooned when singer-song­writer Sher­winn Du­pes Brice joined Bar­bara on stage for a spot of ‘Bar­bara-oke’.

Sher­winn was back in ac­tion at Ta­pas on The Bay on Satur­day night for Voices on The Bay, a Boo Hink­son pro­duc­tion that show­cases some of Saint Lu­cia’s finest ris­ing stars. Ken­son Hip­polyte, a pop­u­lar pi­anist who plays reg­u­larly at Big Chef, kept the crowd happy with his solo per­for­mances. When he was joined by an el­e­gantly-at­tired and pow­er­ful­voiced Linda ‘Choco­late’ Berthier the magic in­creased. Then the tem­per­a­ture soared when she and Sher­winn duet­ted.

Per­form­ers at Wed­nes­day night’s event in­cluded Irvin ‘Ace’ Loc­tar, Olivia Abra­ham, Shan­non Pinel and Aiyah who daz­zled the au­di­ence with spir­ited per­for­mances.

The ‘Voices on The Bay/ Boo, Jazz and Big Chef’ cel­e­bra­tion con­tin­ues tonight and dur­ing this week. Go ex­pe­ri­ence great mu­sic, tal­ented artists, de­li­cious food and a wel­com­ing at­mos­phere. This week’s big night at Ta­pas on The Bay will be on Wed­nes­day 17th May when Shan­non Pinel, Wil­burne, Shanne James and Shayne Ross will be singing their hearts out. Check out ‘Up­stairs on The Bay’ - pre­sen­ta­tions by young en­tre­pre­neur­ial Saint Lu­cians of their hand-made prod­ucts: food, art, crafts and cro­cheted gar­ments. Add to the mix a spe­cial Voices on The Bay menu of ta­pas and main cour­ses (those won­der­ful Heineken op­tions are still avail­able!) plus in­no­va­tive De­war’s cock­tails and a se­lec­tion of Bare­foot Wine, and you have all the in­gre­di­ents for a mem­o­rable, belly-fill­ing, soul­sat­is­fy­ing night out. Make your reser­va­tion now for the best in din­ner and jazz. For a full re­view of per­for­mances at Voices on the Bay, see next week’s 2NITE mag­a­zine.

Shan­non Pinel de­liv­ered a phe­nom­e­nal vo­cal per­for­mance.

Sher­win Du­pes Brice kept the au­di­ence en­ter­tained through­out his per­for­mance.

The jazzy line up for Voices on The Bay in­cluded Saint Lu­cian singing sen­sa­tion, Aiyah.

Spot­ted: Saint Lu­cian Soca artist Ted­dyson John join­ing in the fun.

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