Christmas Notes wows the crowd
THE MUSICIANS wowed the audience from start to finish and left them wanting more, when the second First Citizens Life 97.5 Christmas Notes – The Jazz Edition was held at Sanctuary Empowerment Centre on Saturday night.
Filling the Country Road, St Michael facility with the melodious sounds of Christmas, the musicians, headed by bandleader Kirk Layne (guitar), took the audience on a fantastic musical journey with their playfulness and testimonies as they spread the joy of the season.
Andre Daniels (piano/keyboard), Stephen “Big Steve” Francis (organ), Petra Welch (drums), Akeem Burke (tenor sax), Romaro Greaves (alto sax), Matthew Squires (trombone), Kerrie Ann Callender (percussion), Jamar Jemmott (trumpet) and Jermone Waithe (guitar) gave the gift of music in every note played.
Gospel artistes Paula Hinds and Mya Daniel and passionate mime-dancer Krissann Hutson were the icing on the cake.
Staples such as Oh Holy Night, Silent Night, Little Christmas Tree, O Come All Ye Faithful, Little Drummer Boy, Hark The Herald Angles Sing, White Christmas and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas delighted the patrons, as did Deck The Halls, with a liberal sprinkling of theme songs from popular cartoons such as Peppa Pig and Sponge Bob, which had the young and old singing along.
Hinds’ rendition of Hark The Herald Angels was jazzy and refreshing, as was her I’ll Be Home For Christmas. Daniel’s performance of In The Presence Of A King was riveting.
The night came to an end with Hinds and Daniel singing Feliz Navidad, but some patrons did not seem to realise that the show was over until MC Anthony Greene said so.
Proceeds from the show are to be donated to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. (Green Bananas Media)