Antilles Connection

Antilles Connection


Drawing inspiration from the vibrant music of the lesser Antilles islands of the Caribbean, Antilles Connection creates a unique blend of soulful calypso melodies and jazz, breakbeat and funk styles.


Antilles Connection forges a new path in music, fusing the old and the modern, the American and the Caribbean. Antilles Connection is inspired by the pantheon of calypsonians of Trinidad and Grenada including the great Mighty Sparrow, steel pan music and even French beguine dance music from the island of Martinique. Equally, inspiration is found by the works of American jazz composers including, Bill Frisell, Ornette Coleman, John Zorn and Charlie Haden.

Featuring the great Curtis Fowlkes on trombone (Bill Frisell, Charlie Haden, John Lurie) who has himself backed up some of the greatest calypsonians in history, Antilles Connection features the highest calibre of musicians that New York City has to offer. Antilles Connection has been featured at many of NYC's most distinguished venues and was a finalist in the State Dept. and Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2006 American Music Abroad Program.

Inspiration for Antilles Connection was had by bandleader Jonathan Levy after living on the island of Grenada. The sights, sounds, tastes and graciousness of the people of the island simply floored his concept of reality. He was witness to everything from glorious 100 piece steel bands to the calypso king/soca monarch competition to reggae dancehalls to shango religious drum and dance ceremonies within which particpants went into trance states. Antilles Connection is a mouthpiece for what all the joy and mystery of this event instilled in him.


EP entitled "Carib Song" will be released by Antilles Connection in 2006

Set List

Carib Song (Original)
Jajaboah (Original)
Mr. Walker (by the great Mighty Sparrow)
Mettez i Dehro (traditional dance song from Martinique)
For My Own Money (by Margaret Henry from Grenada)
Fly (by Nick Drake)
Chakakoo (Original)
Dead or Alive (Mighty Sparrow)
Rooms (Original)

Sets last (45-60 minutes)