Christmas carols –– on a jazzy note

High-Note-2Sanctuary Empowerment Centre in Country Road, St Michael, is the place to be tomorrow from 6:30 p.m. That’s where lovers of great music will be treated to Christmas Notes –– The Jazz Edition.

It will be a time to enjoy the warmth of sweet and alluring jazz music with your favourite Christmas carols played by top local musicians. Producer Sanctuary Empowerment Centre brings together a specific group of high-calibre gospel musicians onstage to again give the audience a sing-along treat of Christmas carols, delivered in infectious jazz renditions.

The combination of musicians chosen for this year’s event will again take the Christmas celebrations to another level. These well-accomplished musicians include bandleader and prominent bassist and keyboardist Kirk Layne, renowned local keyboardist Andre Daniel, premier Barbadian songstresses Paula Hinds and Mya Daniel, the island’s leading female drummer Petra Welch, emerging saxophonist Romaro Greaves and veteran gospel keyboardist Stephen “Big Steve” Francis.

The team will also feature experienced percussionist Kerrie Ann Callender, keyboardist Jamar Jemmott and many more. This combination is among the best put together for a display of excellent musicianship.

Get up close and personal with a captive audience this Christmas and spread good tidings, hope and joy.

Faith-based events such as Christmas Notes –– The Jazz Edition pull out an audience that many popular secular events do not. This musical exhibition has attracted the attention of a variety of jazz-loving, carol-singing patrons.

You share Christmas cheer with the Paediactric Intensive Care Unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) when you support Christmas Notes.

“We are happy to again be working with the Paediactric ICU and to be sharing part proceeds of revenue generated from Christmas Notes –– The Jazz Edition with the Paediatric ICU of the QEH.

“We commit to giving a significant amount of the sponsorship revenue to the benefit of the many children who pass through this ward, hoping to receive treatment that would improve their health,” the producers assured.

Sanctuary Empowerment Centre is a 23-year-old ministry that is seen as progressive, catering to the spiritual needs of the nation and blessing communities around us.

“We are able to do this due to the generous giving of businesses, members and other family and friends of Sanctuary. Similarly, any earnings from this event will go towards making a positive difference in our society, as we continue to offer uplifting and edifying solutions to many struggling and hurting individuals and families. We do this in an activity-driven environment all year round.”

In other big news, local recording gospel artists Neesha Woodz, Gozzy, Reann and Toni Norville will be carrying the flag for the Christian music community at the 11th Annual Barbados Music Awards which will now be held on the new date of January 3 at the Wildey Gymnasium. Apart from the fact that Neesha will be among the stellar line-up of guest performers,
she is also a nominee for Female Gospel Artist Of The Year.

Gospel will also be highlighted when the late Godfather Of Gospel Music Joseph Niles is specially recognized as part of tributes that include those to The Merrymen’s late Robin Hunte, and Vere Browne, former National Cultural Foundation CEO and calypso tent manager who also passed on this year.

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