Date: Jan 26th, 2009 · Tags: Jazz Music Links

However, improvisational music has not gained half as much ground on the consciousness of Dominicans and probably never will, Jazz being what it is, a niche genre. Still for all, there is a cadre of Dominican Jazz musicians who continue to plug away, hoping to build a Jazz scene on the island.

At the forefront of this movement are some of the best musicians Dominica has ever produced, locally based electric bassist Freddie Nicholas, pianist Armstrong James, pannist Athie Martin and the unconquerable vocalist Michelle Henderson (equally at home delivering the modern incarnations of Cadence as she is Jazz) among them. It need not be said though that all of these artists are well-rounded instrumentalists, as they must be, to survive in the Dominican music business. Thus, for them, Jazz is a pastime (used loosely), albeit to varying degrees.

However, there are a few outstanding Dominican musicians who ply their trade strictly as Jazz musicians. Guitarist Cameron Pierre, one of the most notable of them all, operates out of Britain. Pierre is a Caribbean Jazz icon now, but that is after a lifetime of ‘woodshedding‘…Full Article@Woodshed Entertainment Collective blog.