Wine by the bottle, close friends and spectacular musicianship were the order of the evening when patrons returned to Hunterspring, St. Phillip for the newest Sunday Grooves session.
As fans descended the trademark 44 steps to the gully deck, the air of anticipation was palpable. This musical extravaganza, conceptualised by wife and husband duo Carla Springer-Hunte and Rorrey Hunte, showcases the wide selection
of talent that Barbados has to supply.
Forced right into a hiatus on account of the COVID-19 restrictions, music lovers were wanting to return to the serene setting for the high calibre show to which they’ve turn into accustomed. This latest instalment was no different as attendees gathered of their intimate cliques to benefit from the festivities.
Talented saxophonist Mylon Clarke was accompanied by his equally talented bandmates, who delivered in phenomenal fashion.
Along with wowing on his saxophone, Clarke was in implausible form, covering Michael Jackson’s The Way You Make Me Feel on EWI (electronic wind instrument). He even displayed his vocal chops with venerable icon Lord Kitchener ’s Sugar Bum Bum.
His ensemble, which included Jermone Waithe on guitar, Danielle Brathwaite on keys, Renaldo Griffith on drums and Gavin Miller on bass, was also augmented by various musical friends throughout the programme.
First to grace the stage was songstress Jane Small with Searching for One other Pure Love and Nature Boy. Also representing for the women was Llettesha Sylvester-Charles.
Her spine-tingling vocals received a rousing reception for her rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Do I Do by Stevie Wonder. Young guitarist Tristan Haynes was suave along with his presentation of Tevin Campbell’s Can We Talk.
The ultimate act of the evening was internationally renowned saxophonist Elan Trotman. The artiste confirmed why he has been capable of share the stage with a number of the world’s best, including Roberta Flack and Jonathan Butler.
He pulled a number of the popular hits from a couple of of his albums to regale those in attendance. Included were popular singles like Island Gal and Tradewinds. Thoroughly having fun with the performance, one patron made a special request for something to bounce too. This saw Trotman and Clarke teaming up for Kes’ Hello. The night ended on an absolute high with krosfyah’s Wet Me.
Event producer and hostess for the evening Springer-Hunte reminded the concert goers that this was only a snippet of what could be available at their upcoming jazz festival which could be hosted at the identical venue from April 29 to May 1.
She indicated that the opening event could be an after-work lime. In the next days an in depth line-up of artistes could be featured to satiate attendees’ musical appetite. (STT)