TT – Starry night and sweet songs contributed to an almost perfect night at the St James Amphitheatre for WeBeat St James Live18 production of Pan Jazz and Honoree’s Night, on Thursday evening. Performing to an almost filled, open-air facility, the show commencing promptly at its advertised 8 pm opening, was the National Steel Symphony Orchestra (NSSO).
Appropriate to the grandeur of the event, the NSSO musicians were satorially attired in our national colours of black and red, their perfectly tuned chrome and silver instruments radiant as if to symbolise the purity that is white on our flag. As sharp as they looked, theNSSO musicians sounded even sharper as they read music scores going through the repertoire as directed by Akua Leith.
NSSO was also joined by vocalist Kay Alleyne whose pore-raising rendition of Summertime awed the crowd to loud applause. Not to be outdone, smooth, seductive tones emanated as well from the saxophone of acclaimed Anthony Woodroofe, aka “Tony Paul”. Equally esteemed guitarist Dean Williams also performed a solo piece accompanied by NSSO.