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Exquisite music, comedy at Dimario and friends

Published:Thursday | February 23, 2017 | 12:29 AM
From left: Security consultant and actor, Robert Finzi Smith points out something of interest to saxophonist, Dean Frazer (centre) and Dimario McDowell, event organiser, at the recent 'Thursday Night Live' series at 2A Strathairn Avenue, Kingston.

A night of exquisite live music and comedy marked last Thursday’s rendition of the Dimario and Friends-produced Thursday Night Live! series, at 2wo A Seafood, 2A Strathairn Avenue (off Ruthven Road in Kingston).

Dean Frazer’s hauntingly melodic jazz, R&B and reggae melodies on sax shared stage time with Owen ‘Blakka’ Ellis’ comedic analysis of contemporary Jamaican life. Ellis explored modern Jamaican relationships, concluding that “no gentleman nuh dey again”, his take on how some Jamaican men nowadays express even romantic love in the most brutal language (which women apparently expected).


His examples had the sizeable audience in stitches, as well as his lamenting today’s popular style of dancing among the sexes, noting that he missed the days “when a boy and a girl danced together face to face”.

Under the stars, patrons stimulated their palates and musical sensibilities with excellent performances from Jasmine Black, who thrilled with classic renditions of hits like Dinah Washington’s What a Difference a Day Makes, and the Cornelius Brothers and Sister Roses’, It’s Too Late to Turn Back Now.

There were also exquisite performances from jazz guitarist, Kenroy ‘Shortman’ Mullings and the night came to a close with classic rocksteady and reggae selections from Ferdie Brown, lead singer of the resident band I-Lite.

The series continues tonight at the same venue, starting at 8 p.m., with special performances from Freddie McGregor and the ‘University Without Walls’ segment, featuring the veteran Bob Andy, who will share insights on his life in music and beyond.

Meanwhile, comedians Owen ‘Blackka’ Ellis and Ian ‘Ity’ Ellis will explore forbidden ground humorously, while the emerging Transformation Band will jam with contemporary rockers.