Keisha Patterson rocks Jazz in the Garden

BY BASIL WALTERS Observer writer

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

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THE Sunday's second staging of the revived Jazz in the Garden proved why the event had to return.

The bi-monthly concert billed Organ Meets Piano at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, St Andrew, was an enlightening evening.

Traditional and contemporary jazz with nostalgic singing from the night's only vocalist, young Keisha Patterson proved a hit with the audience. With a career in mainly reggae, she showed her versatility.

Patterson, who had the 2008 reggae/jazz album Sunday Kind of Love, held sway with old jazz standards that would put a smile on Cole Porter's face with his 1932 composition, Night and Day. She would have had the same impact on Daniel Davidson with Day In Day Out. With an highly interactive performance, she continued her musical journey with Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets), My Baby Just Care Me, Our Day Will Come, in addition to her ska take on Fever. Such fabulous renditions could not go unrewarded. She was invited for an encore. Patterson showed her appreciation with Etta James' signature At Last.

The theme Organ Meets Piano brought back memories of an earlier production dubbed Ivories In Conversations. Some hidden musical secrets were once again revealed not only in pianist Andrae Campbell and organist Othniel Lewis but saxophonist Howard Foulds.

So too, drummer/bandleader Desi Jones in whose trio Foulds, veteran keyboardist Chris Mc Donald and bassist Dale Haslam performed.

They all added value to the event for which Nancy McLean is executive producer and Ken Nelson production coordinator.

Campbell's entertaining set was highlighted with the gospel standard Leaning On His Everlasting Arms, and the ska number Dick Tracy. While Lewis, accompanied by Everal Ray on trombone, Hopeton Williams on trumpet and Lamont Monty Savory on guitar and Haslam on bass, peaked with his tribute to the late Jackie Mittoo from whose repertoire he did a medley inclusive of Hot Milk and Autumn Sounds.




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