PAST & PRESENT – CHIEF JUSTICES BOOST TRIBUTE TO BARBADOS-BASED JAZZ MUSICIAN ‘EBE’ GILKES
Two Barbadian chief justices will take to the stage during the NANIKI CARIBBEAN JAZZ SAFARI 2013 to honour Barbados-based jazz luminary Edwin “Ebe” Gilkes for his indelible contribution to the Caribbean jazz movement.
Former chief justice Sir David Simmons and the sitting chief justice Sir Marston Gibson, both of whom are musicians in their own right, have consented to lending their support in tribute to the iconic figure of jazz at the Frank Collymore Hall on January 18, 2013.
Significantly, that night will feature the prominent American hard bop pianist Cedar Walton who will be celebrating his 79th birthday in a production entitled “Happy Birthday Cedar Walton”. Also appearing that night will be The Nnenna Freelon Quartet from the United States.
Sir Marston explained the reasons for his involvement, “Excellent musicians shouldn’t just be rewarded, they should be cherished. Honouring titans such as Ebe Gilkes is a way of encouraging our young musicians by reminding them that music is not a second-class pursuit and that one can decide, at age 12 or 13, that he or she wishes to be a musician rather than the preferred parental choices like a doctor, lawyer, engineer, accountant or judge.”
Organiser of the NANIKI CARIBBEAN JAZZ SAFARI Tom Hinds, explained the raison d’être for including the tribute in the already tight itinerary of five day festival,
“It shows younger musicians that we do have a local tradition of musical excellence and our very own mentors who they can look up to. We have excellent students coming out of the Barbados Community College, some of whom will be performing during the festival, and it is important for them, as well as other younger musicians to understand that rich tradition and encourage them to have a role in developing that tradition.”
The local leg of the NANIKI CARIBBEAN JAZZ FESTIVAL takes place January 17 to 21, 2013 and will be held at venues across the island, such as the Old Fort at the Hilton, Harrison’s Cave, Ilaro Court, the Naniki Amphitheatre as well as the Frank Collymore Hall.