OFFBEAT means unconventional; not conforming to norm. JamaicaMusic Offbeat presents music unconventional to popular Jamaican music which is largely traditional reggae and its dancehall derivatives. It places in the spotlight Jamaican musicians, home and abroad, who are creators/players/performers of improvised and other non-traditional music, the venues and shows that indulge in improvised music. It also features similar musicians and jazz related entities beyond the Jamaican shores.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Saxophonist YolanDa Brown for Ocho Rios Jazz Festival
Saxophonist YolanDa Brown is highly thought of in and beyond her London, England environment. An early musical beginings have bequeathed this uniguely talented artist with a long and endearing association with the tenor and soprano saxaphones she plays.
Born and raised in London, YolanDa grew up surrounded by an eclectic mix of music that influences both her playing and composition . She easily traverse the diverse mix of Jazz, Afro-Jazz, Gospel, Reggae, Salsa, Hip-hop, R&B, and for good meassure plays a little Mento and all in a self-assured style.
Her typical performance includes re-interpretation of chart-topping tunes, much jazz standards and original composition that inimitably defines the YolanDa Brown sound.
Well heeled in academia, YolanDa has completed a Masters in Management Science, Masters in Social Research Methods and is currently studying for her PhD at the University of Kent. She also host a TV talk show on a Sky Channel.
She has notched performances in numerous venues including: Jazz Café, Café de Paris, St. Martin in- the- Fields, Smollensky's on the Strand, Mermaid Theatre, Cargo, The Broadway Theatre and Hackney Empire.
The Londoner has also played for the Jamaican High Commission , Jazz venues in Miami, Frankfurt, Germany, the Rotterdam Carnival in the Netheralnds and the IslaVuelta festival in Spain. Her sold out debut concert at the Mermaid Theatre London last year and th release of the debut EP, entitled Finding My Voice both received rave reviews from press and fans alike.
YolanDa Brown is booked to appear at the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival on Sunday, June 7 as part of the Sonny Bradshaw celebration of Women in Jazz .