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Pam Hall goes Reggae-Jazz

'I've got rhythm in my system...' declares vocalist Pam Hall, during a recent performance of her song 'Have Some Fun-Times', one of the numbers from her reggae-jazz album, slated for release later this year. - Michael Sloley

TALENTED JAMAICAN vocalist Pam Hall wants to make her own mark on the world of popular jazz, with the release of a reggae-jazz album, set to hit the streets later this year. "No-one has done this before... I don't know of anyone who has done a reggae-jazz album, so I see this as a great challenge for me," she disclosed. She said that the release of the album could prove to be significant in her career as a Jamaican jazz vocalist.

The album, about 12 songs long, is a mixture of new and already released numbers, but all original works, produced jointly by Pam Hall and musician Errol Wilson.

Drummer Carl Ayton, guitarist Leebert 'Gibby' Morrison and Lloyd 'Obeah' Denton are the other main musicians on the project.

"At least five of the songs were released previously, but this is my first album with a pure reggae-jazz focus. The response so far has been great, so I'm looking forward to what happens after the album is released," she told The Gleaner.

Pam has already performed some of her reggae-jazz tunes for international audiences, whom she says are very appreciative and responsive. Four of her songs, In My Own Homeland, Have Some Fun-Times, I Don't Know and You Go To My Head are currently being featured on the BET on Jazz programme, 'Jazz In The Sun', which was filmed in Negril late last year.

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