Jazz for Hope 2011

Jazz for Hope 2011

 Kingston, Saint Andrew, JAM

The Jazz for Hope 2011 is 90 minute show that features a wide variety of songs performed by Jamaican musicians who love to improvise.
Reggae songs, pop songs, a Charlie Parker Tribute, Jamaican Folks songs mixed with originals make for entertainment that is suitable for the entire family.


Jazz for Hope is a fundraising concert hosted by Griot Music in aid of the charities of the Hope United Church which is located in St. Andrew, Jamaica.

The series was in its 11th year in 2011 and the CEO of Griot Music, Seretse Small decided that this year the company would record an album in honor of the event, "Jazz for Hope 2011".

The recording features the talents of the performers who were featured in that year's concert.

Jazz for Hope 2011 features the band "Acoustic Ambiance" which includes Kamla Hamilton on Piano, Kenrick Lawrence on Keyboards, Dale Haslam on Bass, Obed Davis on drums and Seretse Small on Guitar. Special guests for the event were the singer Andrew Lawrence, Saxophonist/Flautist Ian Hird, Dale Haslam on Bass and Aaron Vereen on percussion.

The program is a diverse mix of music styles from Andrew Lawrence doing a stirring rendition of the folk song "Lion Heart', Ian Hird executing with speed and finesse a Charlie Parker medley and equally exciting a Jamaican folk medleys.

There are instrumentals ranging from Ian emoting with the classic "my favourite things" to easy listening renditions of Dennis Brown's "Silhouettes" to the dancing Calypso Jazz "Kas Kas" written by Seretse Small.

Having recorded 10 songs from the show in the album, "Jazz for Hope 2011" the presentation is now taking bookings for performances.


Jazz for Hope 2011, Griot Music GM1102 (CD) 2011

Set List

My Girl
Praise the Name of Jesus
Well you needn't
One Hundred Ways
Everything I Own
Annie's Song
Love has found its way
Lion Heart
Change the World
5446/Turn Me Loose
Night in Tunisia
Kas Kas
Leaning on the everlasting arms
My Tribute
Mothers of Salem
Tribute to Charlie Parker (Now is the Time, Barbados, Billie's Bounce)
Folk Medley (St. Thomas, Solas Market, Linstead Market, Evening Time)
My Favourite things
Morning Dance