The Barbados Jazz Society presented the Barbados Community College music program with a Roland Cube 120XL bass amplifier. The presentation took place at the March BJS Member’s Jazz Mingle, hosted at her home by BJS President Anne Smith.
Head of the music programme Roger Gittens, who was on hand to receive the amplifier, said the staff and students were “greatly appreciative” of the gift.
“This amp will improve the sound of the several ensembles that use an electric bass… .The Music Department looks forward to the continuing relationship with the Barbados Jazz Society as we both seek to enhance the live music offerings in Barbados as well as develop the next generation of musicians,” he stated.
Twenty-eight BJS members and guests enjoyed the open bar, delicious food, and live jazz music by Kwaku Jelani on trumpet, Ricardo Bryan on keyboard, and Jarad Greaves on electric bass – all BCC graduates. The trio entertained with their creative arrangements of old standards and original compositions; Kwaku Jelani’s ‘made-up on the spot’ tune was a favourite.
The Barbados Jazz Society is committed to supporting the educational and professional development of up and coming Jazz musicians. The BJS has established a fund for the purchase of instruments and electronic equipment for the BCC program. The fund is supported solely by BJS members and friends who give generously at the regularly-held Member’s Jazz Mingle events.