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Women to Jazz-up Fiesta Plaza, Movietowne
The Women in Jazz series is back at The Fiesta Plaza, MovieTowne, Port-of-Spain.
The month of April has been for the last six years a showcase of the best of T&T’s female jazz artistes and this year the lineup is sure to create a lot of excitement for all the real jazz lovers as five very talented women (Brenda Butler, Neisha Guy, Patti Rogers, Marie-Angelique Cartar, Lletesha Sylvester) take the stage all with different styles to celebrate Women in Jazz 2016.
Butler returned to Trinidad in 1996 after attending Nova Southern University where she performed as a soloist in the university’s gospel group Colour Blind which toured throughout the United States backing gospel greats such as Edwin (O Happy Day) Hawkins, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary. Brenda first appeared in Women In Jazz 2011 and took a five-year hiatus from public performance but kept on perfecting her craft and will return to the jazz stage on April 2 much to the delight of her fans.
Guy was the winner of the 2014 leg of The Digicel Rising Star competition. Neisha, who was eliminated from the competition, was returned by a “Wild Card” vote and then went on to be the eventual winner of the competition.
She has performed and opened for many local and international acts and has also performed at The Tobago Jazz festival in 2015. Neisha will be performing on April 9.
Rogers is often referred to as The Grand Dame Of Jazz in the local jazz circles. Patti, who has been performing over the last 36 years, is a true master of the jazz and blues genre. In the early 80s she became the resident vocalist at The Trinidad Hilton performing with the Felix Roach Jazz Trio and also with Jazz pianist Ralph Davies.
More recently Patti has done a number of collaborations with noted keyboardist Ronald Aqui where together they offer interpretations which, although rooted in the jazz standard idiom, also includes Latin, Brazilian and other popular music styles. Patti will perform on April 16.
Cartar has been performing for many years often as a soloist and also with the band The Cartars where she performs alongside her very talented brothers. Marie-Angelique can be seen peddling her craft at many corporate functions and weddings always bringing her dynamics stage personality to enhance any function.Women in jazz 2016 will see Marie-Angelique supported by the very talented Jason Dasent on piano on April 23.
Sylvester will bring the curtain down on what promises to be an exhilarating month of jazz on April 30. Llettesha is a distinguished soprano who, in the 2010 T&T Music Festival claimed the titles Most Outstanding Vocalist and winner of The Lieder Class, Broadway Female Class. This very versatile performer has trained under the tutelage of Jessel Murray, Dr Charles Brunner and the late Dr Vertrelle Cameron-Mikens.
As a graduate of UTT, Llettesha has completed an Artist Diploma in Music Performance with an emphasis in Voice from The Academy of The Performing Arts. A star in the leading role of Mahalia Jackson in JCS Productions’ Mahalia: A Gospel Musical, she brought the crowd to its feet a fortnight ago at The Greens in St Joseph at Jazz Artists on the Greens. Llettesha will be backed by The Dean Williams Quartet.
All shows are free but dinner reservations are advised by contacting any of the Fiesta Plaza’s restaurants. For further information: visit the MovieTowne’s web site or Fiesta Plaza’s Facebook page or 627-2002 ext 1165.