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Classical/Jazz Pianist André Campbell For Benefit Concert

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2015 | 3:00 AM

Distinguished pianist André Campbell is expected to deliver another magical and spellbinding performance on Sunday, April 12, at a benefit concert being held in support of the McCam Child Care Development Centre. The concert will take place at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, Jamaica College, under the distinguished patronage of Marigold Harding. The evening will commence with cocktails at 6 p.m. Showtime is 7 p.m.

Campbell is among a host of top-class performers who will be giving their support. Others include jazz and lovers' rock vocalist Myrna Hague, following her recent highly successful show in Kingston; one of Jamaica's best loved vocalists, Ernie Smith; accomplished violinist-pianist Jon Williams; Desi Jones and Friends; the Carifolk Singers as well as the Immaculate Conception High School Steel Band.

Thrilling audiences for nearly 25 years, André Campbell, the accomplished pianist, composer, arranger and teacher of music, is equally adept in multiple genres from bee bop to reggae, providing a contemporary fusion feel with energetic throwback vibes in the likes of Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson.

 

Passionate About Jazz

 

Although Campbell studied classical music and jazz history at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, as he honed his skill in playing classical music, he soon recognised that his passion was truly the soul and dynamics of jazz. Responding to this, he started listening to and learning from various jazz artistes, which has resulted in him becoming an illustrious jazz performer in his own right who has been a featured artiste on the Ocho Rios International and the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues festivals.

His transcendent style has consistently earned him a coveted place on legendary guitarist Ernest Ranglin's jazz quartet, and in 2007, Country Music Television selected Campbell to accompany recording artiste Johnny Reid in its production, Country Music By the Sea, shot on location in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

 

Completing compilation

 

Campbell is currently completing his first studio-recorded compilation of original and long-loved jazz and classical compositions.

The McCam Child Care and Development Centre, located in the quiet Hope Estate area of Papine, opened its doors 30 years ago to provide a unique environment that is conducive to learning, where children with special needs, and those without, can work and play together in an inclusive surrounding, allowing them to become aware of and sensitive to each other's needs. This programme established by McCam, became the benchmark for inclusive education in Jamaica and its assessment and therapeutic intervention is ranked highly by the Ministry of Education and other professionals.

Tickets for the concert are available at Music Mart and the McCam Child Care and Development Centre.