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Jamming with Jazmyn at National Gallery of Jamaica
As the National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sunday’s programme slowly and steadily ingrains itself into Jamaica’s artistic calendar, with each installment it is becoming the place and space to discover (possibly in that Christopher Columbus sense of the word) new and rising talent, especially in music. In keeping with that growing tradition, last week the NGJ uncovered the musical talent of Jazmyn who delved into reggae, jazz, soul and fusions therein, proving approximately an hour of entertainment that was well worth the trip downtown.
While the audience clearly included supporting friends and family (including her beeming parents), most of the audience had probably never heard of the young singer before. However, by the end of her engaging performance, it was likely they would love to hear from her again.
The main gallery swelled with the sound of Jazmyn’s rich vocals as she crooned through old favourites, contemporary hits jumping from one genre to the next with ease and energy. Her performance included Peggy Lee’s ‘Fever’, Erykah Badu’s ‘Call Tyrone’, Barrington Levy’s ‘Vice Versa Love’, Diana King’s ‘Shy Guy’ and No Doubt’s ‘Underneath it All’ all mixed together with a few of her own pieces, ‘Tomorrow Will Come’, ‘Closer to You’ and ‘Here to Stay’.
Jazmyn was backed by an equally impressive band filled with young talent featuring Elisha Ellis on drums, Dexter Colquhoun on keyboard, Stephen Sinclair on percussions, Levoy Paul on guitar and Lorenzo West on bass.
Sonishae McKenzie who demonstrated her own impressive set of pipes in the energetic performance of ‘Shy Guy’ and Daniel Dundas provided backing vocals. Dancer Ameika Louis also did a guest appearance.
The performance was surrounded by signature pieces from the NGJ’s permanent collection.
The performance took place on Sunday, November 27 at 1:30 pm. During the Last Sundays Programme, the National Gallery of Jamaica opens from 11:00 am through to 4:00 pm.