It was all that jazz recently at Ball Park Entertainment Centre when Crop Over TV held Jazz and Pan In De Village.
Backed by the band Khandestine Project, it was an all Bajan cast of musicians and singers who provided much needed entertainment as the island battles the COVID-19 pandemic.
The audience present was very appreciative of all the offerings throughout the night; so were the thousands who watched the live stream on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
Pannist Mark Forde played riveting renditions of the hymn How Great Thou Art, RPB’s Alive and Andra Day’s popular Rise Up.
Popular entertainer, Mr Blood, declared up front that for the night he was performing as Anderson Armstrong since he was singing jazz.
He soulfully sang Frank Sinatra’s Somewhere Beyond the Sea and Fly Me to the Moon.
Dwayne “Apple” Jones performed a lively medley on steel pan.
Local songbird Tamara Marshall was certainly having fun on stage as she performed. Seems Frank Sinatra was the artiste of choice for her too as well. She sang two of Frank Sinatra’s hits while seated on a stool. She sweetly sang It Had to Be You and Blue Skies.
She then performed My Favourite Things from the classical movie Sound of Music. She sang it as it was written for the first verse, then swiftly changed it up to incorporate things Bajan. It was witty.
Dressed in blue, the band Khandestine Project did a set of songs which included Bob Marley’s Turn Your Lights Down Low among others. The band comprises musicians Pernell Farley, Stephen Cumberbatch, John Matthews, Naldo, Gavin, Farakhan with vocalists Mary and Jadon.
Veteran calypsonian, Adonijah, was the final solo performer. He sang his 1985 classic Woman. It was aptly followed by Robot Song, which he sang along with Woman at the Pic O De Crop in 1985. Adonijah enjoyed singing as he reminisced about the competition that year.