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Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Honouring Jamaican jazzers

jamaican musicians Marjorie Whylie and peter Ashbourne were among six artists to recive the Prime minister's Independence citation atthe recent annual Gala concert in honour of jamaica's Independence (42nd year).

Whylie, who also performed on the night, responded on behalf of all the awardees, speaking to the uniqueness of J'can culture and the multi-faceted achievements of Jamaicans.

A classically trained musician who has mastered drums as well as piano/keyboards, Whylie is a founding member of the Jamaica Big band and also fronts her own combo, Whylie Wrhythm, and is Musical Director for the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica.

A former child prodigy on violin, Peter Ashbourne has also mastered piano/keyboards and is one of jamaica's leading composers, both in the artistic realm as well as in the commercial realm for advertisement jingles. He previously fronted his own jazz ensemble, Ashes, and has contributed to numerous national and international music projects in several genres.

Also.... Jmaaican jazz giants Ernest Ranglin and Sonny Bradshaw are among several musical figures who will receive national honours later this year during the country's National Heroes Day observances.

Ranglin, one of the world's premier jazz guitarists, has been integral figure on the jamaican music scene since the 1940s. He has played on virtually every notable or historic record in Jmaaican pop music, including the country's first million-seller, Millie Small's My Boy Lollipop.

musician, music journalist, broadcaster, promoter, and founding organizer of the Ocho Rios Jamaica jazz festival, Sonny Bradshaw is also founder of the Jamaica Big Band, through which a host of Jamaica's leading musicians have passed. He has shared the stage with many of the greats in the jazz world, past and present and is the recipient of numerous awards for his contributions to Jmaaican music in general and jazz in particular

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