Dec. 13, 2003 – Friday's "Sunset Jazz in Frederiksted" concert will mark the second anniversary of the monthly outdoor music events on the town waterfront, and for the occasion, the talent is crossing the waters from St. Thomas.
Pianist Roan Creque and his band R.C. & Company will play from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Veterans Park. The "company" will consist of Charles Lynch Jr. on drums, Vince Wallace Jr. on bass and Herman Lynch Sr. on congas.
And since this is the December concert, there'll be an extra added attraction: a Holiday Sweets Market where concertgoers can buy sweet breads, coquito,, Crucian candies, preserves and other goodies great for Christmas-season giving and receiving.
About the artists:
Creque, a St. Thomian with more than half a century of experience in the music business, has played the piano and keyboards with such jazz luminaries as Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter and Virgin Islanders Jon Lucien, Ron Blake and Dion Parson. Improvisation with an infusion of Brazilian rhythms is his preferred jazz genre.
Charles Lynch, also a St. Thomian, played french horn and drums in high school and got his degree in music education at the University of the Virgin Islands. He was the drummer for the Broadway musical "Bubbling Brown Sugar" and worked with jazz saxophonists Gary Bartz and the late Eddie Shu; he's also an electronic engineer and an audio technician.
Wallace, another St. Thomian, studied piano as a child and is a self-taught percussionist as well as a bass guitarist. An architecture graduate of Tuskegee University, he has worked with Johnny Taylor, Frank Foster, Lonnie Liston Smith, Peabo Bryson, Blake and Parson and has written several scores for the PBS children's series "Zoom."
Herman Lynch, born in "Freedom City," learned to play steelpan as a child, performing with the Watergonians, then moved to Puerto Rico where he mastered the congas. He has also performed with Taco and the Playboys, Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights, Jamesie and the Happy Seven, Milo and The Kings and The Vibratones.
"Sunset Jazz" is sponsored by the Frederiksted Economic Development Association, which invites attendees to stay in town after the concert to enjoy dinner out and/or sample some of the Frederiksted nightlife.
The free concerts, held the third Friday of each month, are family-oriented, and "regulars" often bring their own folding chairs or blankets to sit on. FEDA runs a cash bar, with proceeds supporting the jazz program, and the group Hispanos Unidos sells food to benefit its community outreach efforts.
Kicking off the 2004 concerts will be a performance on Jan. 16 by steelpan artist Michael Belgrave. For more information, send an e-mail to Sunset Jazz, or call 775-1404 or 772-0069.
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