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Musical Families For Jazz In The Gardens

Published:Friday | February 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM
The father-and-son group, 'Nylon and Steel', Norman (father) and Rasheed.
Karen Smith (left) and her daughter, Courtni.
The Moder-Ashbourne family.

The Jamaican proverb "Chip nuh fly fur fram di blak" (the chip does not fly far from the block) may be on the lips of many patrons as they witness some of the island's top-class entertainers bring out their spouses, offspring, and siblings to showcase their exceptional talents at the first in the 2016 series of Jazz in the Gardens concerts. The much-sought-after event, titled 'Musical Family', is scheduled to take place on Sunday, February 28, starting at 6 p.m.

The idea was conceptualised by Rosina Moder, musical educator and performer, who will co-produce the show along with Ken Nelson and executive producers Nancy McLean and Youlanda 'Cathy' Nunes. Patrons will be blown away with the fun-filled line-up that includes Pam Hall and her brother, Trevor, and daughter, Savone; Karen Smith and her daughter, Courtni, and musician husband Jackie Jackson; the multi-talented Susan Couch, her husband, Peter, and their daughter, Sarah; dub poet Cherry Natural and her daughter, Little Natural; the father-and-son musician team Nylon and Steel, featuring Norman and Rasheed McCallum; brothers Floyd and Richie Foulkes, as well as the Moder-Ashbourne family. Guest performer will be Kayo Yoshida, Japanese-born jazz pianist and lecturer at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

Backing band will be the Wide Grin Jazz Quartet, with the suave Michael Anthony Cuffe as master of ceremonies.

The concert is endorsed by Power 106/Music 99 and Kool 97 FM, with co-sponsors Clear Sound Productions, Signorama, M10, Concept Promotions, and The Jamaica Pegasus.

"We are excited about this production, which will showcase a young generation of performers who will probably follow in the footsteps of their musical family members," said co-producer Youlanda 'Cathy' Nunes.

According to Nunes, 2016 is going to be a very special year for Jazz in the Gardens, with the star-studded acts that are already lined up for the shows in the series.

The cost of the tickets for Jazz in the Gardens ... A Feast for the Senses are $2,500 pre-sold and $3,000 at the gate and will be available at Supermed Mall Pharmacy, Mall Plaza, from February 21, and at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel from February 26 to February 28.

The Jazz in the Gardens series will continue to support its two favourite charities: the Best Care Foundation and the Elsie Bemand Home for Girls.