Wine by the bottle, close friends and spectacular musicianship were the order of the evening when patrons returned to Hunterspring, St. Phillip for the latest 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 range
of talent that Barbados has to offer.
Forced into a hiatus due to the COVID-19 restrictions, music lovers were eager to return to the serene setting for the high calibre show to which they have become accustomed. This latest instalment was no different as attendees gathered in their intimate cliques to enjoy the festivities.
Talented saxophonist Mylon Clarke was accompanied by his equally talented bandmates, who delivered in phenomenal fashion.
In addition to wowing on his saxophone, Clarke was in fantastic 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 Looking for Another Pure Love and Nature Boy. Also representing for the ladies 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 with his presentation of Tevin Campbell’s Can We Talk.
The final act of the evening was internationally renowned saxophonist Elan Trotman. The artiste confirmed why he has been able to share the stage with some of the world’s best, including Roberta Flack and Jonathan Butler.
He pulled some of the popular hits from a few of his albums to regale those in attendance. Included were popular singles like Island Gal and Tradewinds. Thoroughly enjoying the performance, one patron made a special request for something to dance 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 just a snippet of what would be available at their upcoming jazz festival which would be hosted at the same venue from April 29 to May 1.
She indicated that the opening event would be an after-work lime. In the following days an extensive line-up of artistes would be featured to satiate attendees’ musical appetite. (STT)