On Thursday, February 20, several international artists will take to the National Cultural Centre stage with the production of “Jubilee Jazz” in celebration of our 50th Republic Anniversary.
Headline performers appearing for the first time in Guyana will be Canadian ‘SHUFFLE DEMONS’ with support from Canada fund for the Arts and just out from the Naniki Music Festival in Barbados and heading to Suriname after their Guyana’s performance.
They are a high-energy Canadian band that blends virtuosic jazz and funk playing with eye-catching costumes and over the top stage antics to produce an incredible show.
A hit at festivals all over the world, the Shuffle Demons are a crowd-pleasing, full-on musical group that backs up wild stage antics with phenomenal playing by some of Canada’s most talented musicians.
The Shuffle Demons first broke onto the Canadian music scene in 1984 with an electrifying musical fusion, bending highly visually entertaining, funny, and best of all, can really PLAY. All their eye-catching, crowd-pleasing stunts are backed up by incredibly solid musicianship and real groundbreaking playing.
The band has toured extensively in Europe and around the world and has played at the Molde, Oslo, Stockholm, Lund, Pori, Birmingham, London, Edinburgh, Montreal and North Sea Jazz festivals, Jazz a Vienne, Outside In Jazz Festival, the Yokohama Jazz Promenade (Japan’s biggest Jazz Fest), on the Barenaked Ladies Ships and Dip Cruise, at the Bangkok International Festival of Music and Dance, at the Taranaki Arts Fest and the Dubbo Jazz Fest in New Zealand and Australia, the Jarasum Jazz Festival in South Korea, the Zacatecas Cultural Festival in Mexico, the Beijing Jazz Festival, in India, the USA, Cuba and all across Canada.
RUTH OSMON -ROSE is a Guyanese singer/songwriter and flautist based in Trinidad and Tobago. She has, over the years, collaborated with a number of Trinidadian and Caribbean greats, including calypsonian Brother Valentino, Nigel Rojas of “Orange Sky”, jazz guitarist Theron Shaw, and jazz pianist/composer, the late Rafael “Raf” Robertson.
She has produced two albums: Letting Go (2013) and Elemental (2016), which was dubbed a “10-track gem” by the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian.
Osman, who has played at Jazz Under the Stars, the Tobago Jazz Festival, The New Fire Festival, and TEDx Port of Spain, among others, will be performing with her band, The Love Warriors. Together, these artists create a musical experience that critics have called ‘original’, ‘entrancing’ and ‘profound’.
She will be accompanied by the Trinidadian band, THE LOVE WARRIORS. Members of the band include Mark Brewster ,a music educator, pianist, arranger and composer. Drummer Makesi Joseph who has toured and performed with Clive and Carlton Zanda, Michael Boothman, and many others and
Clint Harewood is an accomplished bassist who has toured with some of Trinidad’s top alternative bands including 3 Canal and 12 The Band
COURTNEY FADLIN is an internationally renowned Guyanese-American saxophonist, known for his signature style and silky-smooth delivery. Throughout his career, which spans more than 20 years, he has refined his undeniable sound, an achievement attested to on his eight recording albums. He has built a solid fan base that consists of listeners of every generation from all over the world. Through his latest albums, “Still Standing” and “Hymnology 2”, Courtney continues to build his reputation as an outstanding Jazz Saxophonist and gains global recognition for his performances.
Wendell Bunyan is a USA-based Guyanese. In his early years after graduating from Queens College, he continued to play first, the “bass” drum with Club 59 Steel Band and later, the clavioline and organ with the Fabulous Rhythmaires. Among his many engagements over the years, Wendell has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to incorporate a range of musical genres into his repertoire for the enjoyment of many supporters in various parts of the United States and Canada.
Guyanese Sean Bhola, singer, composer and keyboard player completes the performers team.
JUBILEE JAZZ starts at 20.00hours (8.00p.m) on Thursday 20th February. Tickets $6,000; $5,000 and $3,000 are now on sale at the National Cultural Centre
The concert is produced by GEMS Theatre Productions and Dream Team Productions in collaboration with the Government of Guyana.