Jazz 'N' Cabaret hits high note

By Basil Walter
Observer writer

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

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IMPROVISED and interactive performances were the order of the evening at Jazz 'N' Cabaret which took place last Sunday at Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

Backed by Fab Five Band, all the artistes shone brightly with special mention for singer Althea Hewitt, who was third on stage. Her entry was novel, singing from backstage the Jamaica folk anthem Evening Time in tribute to Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett.

She switched to jazz with Moody's Mood For Love, then her recently released single Stronger. Indeed, Hewitt got stronger with a medley of Feel Like Jumping, Nuff Respect, Movie Star and Simply The Best.

Fab Five's Andrew Casanova got things grooving with a medley of The Manhattans' soul classics such as Hurt, Kiss And Say Goodbye, ahead of drummer/vocalist Grub Cooper's Jamaican Woman, before returning with She's Royal and Homely Girl. He set the stage for non-stop entertainment.

Debutant Andre Shepherd was illuminating in resplendent attire with vocals to match. He shone on Alexandra Burke's version of Hallelujah, followed by Bread/Ken Boothe's Everything I Own and his original Come Over, after which he did Smokey Robinson's Cruising, and rounded out with Bob Marley's Is This Love.

Gem Myers gave another memorable appearance, which took the audience down memory lane. She began with Rock Steady, followed by Only Conversation, A Little Piece Of My Heart, Silly, Stop In The Name of Love, I Need Love, Can't Hurry Love, Love Child, Remember Me, Someday, Touch Me In The Morning, Do You Know, Reach Out And Touch and her signature, One Man Woman.

Rojjah was typically high-energy. He closed the gig with dynamic executions of I Wish It Would Rain, Caribbean Queen and To Love Somebody, ahead of a rocksteady medley of Shanty Town, Girl I've Got A Date and Puppet On A String, which sent a rocking audience home happy.


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