Arturo serves up Golden Apple
WHAT DO YOU GET when you combine some budding jazz musicians with local jazz great Arturo Tappin? A recipe for a project. Make that the Golden Apple Project.
The five-member group, which includes singer Rhesa Garnes, drummer David Carnegie, saxophonist Romaro Greaves, Neil Newton on bass and Darien Bailey on keyboard, is still riding high after its debut performance at the Tobago Jazz Festival.
“We played for two days and were the only group asked to do an encore and the crowd still couldn’t get enough,” said Bailey.
That was exactly the response Tappin was hoping for when he assembled these young upcoming musicians to document and share their passion for jazz.
“This was something that Arturo put together,” said Bailey. “He basically knew what the crowd would be receptive to.”
The Tobago crowd seemed to enjoy the group’s blending of smooth and contemporary jazz combined with a fusion of Caribbean beats which gave the Golden Apple Project the edge with the fans in Tobago. What was even more amazing is that it was the first time the group performed together.
“We just had a good energy and a good vibe together,” said Garnes.
This is exactly what this young group will share with the local audience at the upcoming FirstCaribbean Sugar Isle Jazz Festival at the Plantation Garden Theatre on June 2. (SH-O)