Swinging start to Sugar Isle Jazz
By Natanga Smith Hurdle | Sat, June 02, 2012 - 4:41 PM
Alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw blew the audience away when he closed the show last night on the opening night of the CIBC First Caribbean Sugar Isle Jazz Festival.
But the night got off to a swinging start with the Haitian American Pauline Jean.
Jean’s presence as well as her voice captured from the first note.
Beautiful and powerful, her voice has being compared to Cassandra Wilson, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughn.
There is some truth to those comparisons; Pauline takes the best of all those amazing singers, the tone of Cassandra Wilson, the energy of Nina Simone and the feeling of Sarah Vaughn.
But there's a difference in Pauline's music; being of Haitian descent, she sings in English, French and Creole.
And with her first song she transformed the Frank Collymore Hall into a dusky, smoky room somewhere down in Louisiana, Baton Rouge.
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