GaryTrotmanPhotoz – Musicians
Ray Carless – Kindly described as one of the London jazz scene’s best-kept secrets, i’m Ray Carless a multi-reed tenor, alto, soprano, baritone saxophonist who has been making music with the great and the good for the past three decades. I was part of the original ‘Brit funk’ movement playing with Incognito, Hi-Tension, Central Line, Linx and Light of The World, scoring a chart hit with his single Tarantula Walk before moving on to become a founding member of the Jazz Warriors, the big band that launched the careers of Courtney Pine (OBE), Gary Crosby (MBE) of Jazz Jamaica, Roland Sutherland, Jason Yarde, Steve Williamson, Cleveland Watkiss, Julian Joseph and Orphy Robinson among others.
Cuttie Williams – is no stranger to the world of live entertainment. He is a true commando in the field of performing arts, a charismatic performer, with a dynamic range and taste in vocal and musical ability. Cuttie has been enchanting audiences globally for more than two decades. Gracing the international platform with a variety of music genres including Soul, R&B, Reggae, Calypso, Latin and Jazz, he has been likened to soul legend Marvin Gaye, with the majestic presence of Bob Marley. A truly gifted artist.
Cameron Pierre – Born in London, Cameron was raised on the Caribbean island of Dominica. Like most of his peers, Cameron’s early musical influences were Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff, and a host of artists from that era of popular Jamaican music, oh, and Stevie Wonder. At sixteen he taught himself to play the guitar, and it was within the reggae genre that he first established himself, working with Jamaican artists including Clint Eastwood & General Saint, Barrington, Levy, Al Campbell, Wayne Marshall, Dennis Brown, Tipa Ire, Micheal Prophet et al. Then came the slow discovery of George Benson and Charlie Christian, and through them, Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. Since then Cameron has gone on to work with Courtney Pine, Pee Wee Ellis, Orphy Robinson, Alex Wilson, Jazz Jamaica, Dennis Rollins, Ormar Puente, Junior Walker, Joe Cocker, and numerous others.
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Courtney Pine – No one better embodies the dramatic transformation in the British Jazz scene over the past twenty years than Courtney Pine. The saxophonist heads a new generation of exciting and innovative musicians who have chosen to turn their talents to the demanding requirements of jazz music, in all its shapes and forms.
Omar Puente – I have performed in both classical and jazz genres to positive audiences worldwide. On leaving Cuba, I was first violin with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, and toured with Buena Vista’s Ruben Gonzales. Since arriving in England in 1997, I have maintained an international profile when possible, playing all over Europe, Middle and Far East, the USA and Africa. In England I have supported Tito Puente, Ibraham Ferrer and Omara Portundo, I have played with John Williams, Kirsty MacColl, Jools Holland and Eddie Palmieri as well as being invited to jam with many visiting Latin artists such as Ruben Gonzales and the Afro Cuban Allstars. I have maintained close links with both traditional Cuban Music and Classical genres as well as Jazz. This has included a number of high profile projects such as appearing with Winston Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra at the Barbican Centre, with the Simon Bolivar Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, with Nigel Kennedy at 606 Jazz Club, with Eddie Palmieri at Queen Elizabeth Hall, and with several members of the Buena Vista Social Club.
Asere – Drawing their inspiration from traditional Cuban son, seven young musicians came together in the 1990s to create music with a contemporary edge that also maintained the feeling of the songs performed by their forefathers. Staying true to an acoustic base they developed a fresh sound with inventive songwriting and a soulful groove. Across four albums and many tours, they have continued to experiment and evolve. Since 2006 they have been working on a collaborative project with legendary drummer Billy Cobham. Unfazed to be writing and performing alongside the man who once worked with Miles Davis and whose story reads like a history of modern music, Asere have been honing their skills and growing through the experience, eager to explore new horizons. What comes next will surely be interesting.
Havana Rakatan – Originally the dream of Cuban choreographer Nilda Guerra, Havana Rakatan has now completed four successful West End seasons and toured around the world where it has been enjoyed by thousands.
“Such infectious feel good entertainment, I’d already mentally booked a flight to Cuba by the time the curtain went down” THE STAGE
“Will have you bouncing in your seat” METRO
Salsa, mambo, jazz, bolero, son, cha-cha-cha and rumba all come alive in a dazzling dance display of Cuban passion that is guaranteed to get heads nodding and feet tapping. Set to live Cuban music courtesy of Cuba’s well-known son band Turquino, Havana Rakatan is a captivating journey through the dance and music of a truly unique country.
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