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PRESS RELEASE – Discover Dominica Authority announced that Andy Narell has been included as one of the performers for the 7th Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole Festival. The Festival is carded for Sunday May 15, 2016 at the Cabrits National Park.
Andy Narell released his first solo album in 1979 with the inclusion of the steel pan in a jazz band. He has incorporated the steel pan in varying genres of contemporary music. His most recent album of steel pan music “Oui ma Chérie”, released in 2014, features Mike Stern, Etienne Charles, Relator, Thomas Dyani, Inor Sotolongo, Gregory Louis and Narell playing the steel pans.
Narell has made 15 albums as leader, one as co-leader with Relator (University of Calypso), two as co-leader of the Caribbean Jazz Project (with Paquito D’Rivera and Dave Samuels), and two as co-leader of Sakésho (with Mario Canonge, Michel Alibo, and Jean Philippe Fanfant). Along the way he has worked with artists as diverse as Tito Puente, David Rudder, Kassav, Tanya St. Val, Angelique Kidjo and Aretha Franklin.
As a bandleader and soloist he has performed at hundreds of concerts and jazz festivals throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, South America, and Africa.
In 2012 Andy began working with Birdsong Steel Orchestra in Trinidad, and composed music for the Panorama in 2013 (The Last Word) and 2014 (We Kinda Music). For 2015 he arranged Nyol Manswell’s ‘Pan Magic’ and returned to original composition in 2016 with ‘Dis 1. 4. Raf’.
The Dominica Brewery and Beverages and Fine Foods Inc. were also confirmed as business partners for this year’s Jazz ‘n Creole Festival.
For more information about Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045 or Dominica Festival Committee at 767 448 4833. Or visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, or follow Dominica Fests on Twitter and Facebook, and YouTube.
About Jazz ‘n Creole: Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole, first presented in 2010 is a fusion of jazz music with creole music, food and culture. The family event is held annually at Fort Shirley in the Cabrits National Park during the Pentecost holiday weekend. A number of fringe events organized by private stakeholders precede the main stage event. Past performers at the festival include Arturo Tappin, Michele Henderson, Marlow Rosado y la Riquena, Ronald Tulle, Alfredo de la Fe, Monty Alexander, Beethova Obas, Eric Ildefonse Quartet, Angelique Kidjo, Cameron Pierre, Heston Francis, Jacques Schwarz-Bart Trio. Join us for Jazz ‘n Creole 2016 May 8 – 15, 2016.