U.S. Embassy Hosted American jazz fusion band Huntertones in Barbados

The Bridgetown U.S. Embassy just hosted the Huntertones, an American jazz ensemble in a four-country tour. The program traveled to St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, and concluded in Antigua and Barbuda.

Hundreds of Barbadians packed the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination to hear the New York-based band, led by founding member saxophonist Dan White. Performing original songs such as “Sweatin,” and “Welcome to the Neighborhood,” the enthusiastic audience was soothed and tantalized by the rhythms of the music. During their set, the band performed a jazzy version of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.” The audience was also treated to the Barbados Community Ensemble, who opened for Huntertones, and also played a set with them.

“The U.S. Embassy is hosting this series of public concerts to underscore the excellence and diversity of American music, and to promote cultural exchange,” said Public Affairs Officer James Rodriguez. “The U.S. Embassy will continue its support of the arts in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean through dynamic cultural initiatives and programming.”

In fine form, on stage at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination in Barbados, Huntertones mesmerized the audience. From left: Josh Hill on bass guitar; Chris Ott on trombone; Jon Lampley (in back) on sousaphone; Dan White (center front) on saxophone; and John Hubbell on drums.

Before the concert, Huntertones also led a workshop with music students at the Barbados Community College. The audience comprised 55 talented students who eagerly participated in the workshop, followed by a rousing impromptu session.

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