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Monday, September 04, 2006

Cuban jazz in the Gardens

Hurricane Ernesto had pushed the date back a week (and into a flood of other events) but
the latest jazz in the Gardens, dubbed The Cuban Connection part II proved a worthy
and sultry evening of music, with some exemplary trumpet work from Cuban maestro
Basilio Marques
backing (and often chasing0 Marques were Aeion Hoilett (bass) Akil Karram (drums)
Jerome Tulloch (keyboards) and Seretse Small. Alex Martin-Blanken played addiitonal
keyboards during the early session
Marques kicked off with night In Tunisa before renderign an exquisite My Funny Valentine
on French horn. he returned to the trumpet for the rest of the programme , doing
Herbie hancock's Cantaloupe Island and Watermelon man(encore) as well as other Dizzy Gillespie
and MIles Davis numbers.
Notably he teamed up with Small for an excellent rendition of the latter's 'signature' tune,
Cass Cass

Christine Fisher was great with a blues-gospel programme in the early going and free-wheeling
singer Hezekiah divided the audience into sympathisers and scoffers with his ex tempo riffs
on Perhaps Love and Perfidia among others

Jazzofonik sghred a 'tune-for-tune' three-way spin with Mutabaruka and Gladdy of the Wild Bunch

A great night - Check back soon for pics. Next in the series: October 29 Check back for more details.

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