Treasure Beach, Jamaica (PressExposure) December 11, 2009 -- Treasure the Music show and after party happened at Two Seasons Guest House in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica on Saturday December 5 - a marvelous mix of Jazz and Reggae under a moonlit sky.
It doesnât rain often in Treasure Beach, but on Saturday the area was blessed by a shower that delayed the start of the show by about an hour and probably accounted for the small turn out. But the artistes could not have asked for a more enthusiastic and appreciative audience who were treated to the opening act of the Shane Drummers, twin teenage boys from Treasure Beach who have been honing their skills for years and are much in demand at local shows. Then master drummer and band leader Desi Jones and the Skool band, with Christopher McDonald on keyboards and vocals, Dale Haslam on bass and Kenroy Mullings on guitar backed one of Jamaicaâs great jazz singers, Karen Smith, and later risen stars, Jodian Pantry and Noddy Virtue.
The Skool Band gave their rendition of WATERMELON MAN and HOW COULD I LIVE, paving the way for Karen to take the stage with her amazing range: ALL OF ME, HOW GLAD I AM, SWEET SENSATION, THATâS LIFE, ALL FOR JESUS, and one that she was particularly passionate about, her Jamaica jazz conversation of the calypso classic, DIE WITH MY DIGNITY. She rounded out her set with a medley of never to be forgotten oldies including DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE, ONLY YOU, SITTING ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY, MY GIRL, SEA CRUISE, CANâT HURRY LOVE, WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE, and a medley of Aretha Franklyn songs: NATURAL WOMAN, SAY A PRAYER, THINK, and RESPECT. The appreciative audience unanimously and without instigation called for more and Karen obliged teaming up with Christopher McDonald to exhort the audience to HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS, and to offer THE PRAYER.
This was Karen and Desiâs second appearance at Two Seasons Guest House, the first being in June this year at Jazz Treasures, held as the South Coast Leg of the International Ocho Rios Jazz Festival. And there are plans to have the second renewal of Jazz Treasures on June 19, 2010 â the 20th anniversary of the Festival and the first without the late Sonny Bradshaw, the founder and co-director along with his wife and great jazz vocalist Myrna Hague. So this should be extra special, June 19, 2010 for Jazz Treasures at Two Seasons Guest House in Treasure Beach.
During the intermission and after the show, selector Ivor Smith of KOOL FM had his finger on the pulse of the audience.
The second act of Treasure the Music was no less stellar than the first. Jodian Pantry took the stage like a real seasoned performer dishing out hit after hit, interspersed with her own original recordings. A particular hit was her rendition of Whitney Houston's, I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU, matching the range of Whitney to the delight of the band and audience alike.
Noddy Virtue, being a son of St. Elizabeth, was warmly welcomed home when he took to the stage. Enjoying playful interaction with the audience throughout the evening, dapperly dressed in a grey suit with his locks pulled back and neatly styled, Noddy started with one of his most successful recordings, WHEN YOU SING TO ME. For the better part of an hour, he went into his repertoire of new and old songs, each attracting maximum response.
Patrons knew they were in for an extra special treat when Noddy invited Jodian to join him on stage for YOU HAVE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING, and their signature song, BED OF ROSES, during which they seemingly forgot there was an audience, singing lovingly to each other, coming down from the stage to end among the very receptive and satisfied gathering. One patron remarked that with that performance alone he had got his moneyâs worth.
Lighting provided by Kevin Anglin, and the expansive front lawn of Two Seasons, with the guest house (with 10 bedrooms with own bathrooms) as a burgundy and butter backdrop, made for a charming setting for the first class show.
Treasure the music was supported by SiWind Guest House, Treasure Beach Hotel, Sunset Resort and Villas, Marblue Villa Suites, and Button Bay Beach Getaway.
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