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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

From Cuba via Chicago

Internationally acclaimed Cuban jazz trumpeter Basilio Marques headlines the next
instalmento f jazz in the Gardens at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, this Sunday, starting
at 6:00 pm
He'll be complemented by Jmaaican vocalist Christine Fisher and jovial keyboard whiz
Harold Davis & Friends. Mutuabruka, Austin Campbell and yours truly, jazzofonik
will provide 'jazz on CDs' during the breaks.
Marques is a graduate of the Escueal nacional de Artes in Cuba, wehere is currently an instructor.
He has led workshops, in Spain, South Africa, and New York City and has played several major
festivals, including North Sea Jazz, Montreux and the Chicago Jazz Festival.
Marques has also been the Musician-in-Residence at the Chicago Jazz Institute and the Fundacion
Mario Santo Domingo, Colombia.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Laughter & Lyrics

A new spot for mature entertainment has opened up on the South Coast
Taino Cove in the Treasure Beach area, staged the first of
what is intneded to be regular entertainment showcases,
dubbed Laughter & Lyrics.
The show was hosted by American Phyllis Yvonne Stickney,
seen nationally on BET and author Loud Thoughts for Quiet Moments.
The show featureed j'can comedian Owen 'Blakka' Ellis as well as
dub poets IION Station and singers pauline bell and Barbara McCain.
The venue, owned and managed by WInifred Hytlon and her husband
Patrick. Winnifred was former press secretary to Rev Jesse Jackson
The lodge may also become home to a monthly(?) Jazzofonik X-perience.
stay tuned.