Seretse

Seretse

 Kingston, Saint Andrew, JAM
BandJazzWorld

Guitarist from Jamaica who is a passionate improviser who borrows equally Classical Guitar, Reggae Jazz. Earl Klugh meets Bob Marley the Wailers

Biography

Seretse Small is a guitarist who loves to improvise and compose music with passion and a Caribbean voice. Having thirty years experience playing music in Jamaica where he was born he is a lover and defender of Caribbean Music especially music from Jamaica. His music is a fusion of Reggae, Rock, Jazz, Classical Guitar and Latin styles reflecting him being influenced by Quincy Jones, Bob Marley, Van Halen, George Benson and Earl Klugh.

ACOUSTIC SOLO ALBUM

In 2000 Seretse was a participant in the OMI Composers Colony in upstate NY and took the time to record improvisations and compositions in the Silo that was on the 38 acre farm where the colony was located. When he returned to Jamaica he used these recordings to create an album which he called Silo Sessions which consist of his compositions and improvisations that he often recorded at 4:00 in the morning because of the need for quiet to record. This album is available at http://www.griotmusic.com/silosessions

TEACHER & PERFORMER

Seretse has many years as music teacher at Primary, Secondary and Tertiary level institutions. He has taught Caribbean Jazz and Guitar at the Edna Manley School of Music and headed his own music department at the EXED Community College. His own educational background spans attending the Jamaica School of Music and attending Berklee Jazz College, New England Conservatory and the Longy School of Music in short courses in Jazz Performance.

He has performed with Jamaican luminaries such as Sonny Bradshaw, Dean Fraser, Mickey Hanson, Benji Myaz, Wayne Armond and Cynthia Schloss and others. He toured the world with Sean Paul as his guitarist, making appearances on the Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live and Conan OBrian. As a guitarist Seretse has travelled the world performing at the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, Ocho Rios Jazz Festival, St Lucia jazz Festival, Grenada Jazz Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival (performing with Sean Paul).

GIVING HONOUR

As Seretse prepares for a year of recording and touring in 2010 he acknowledges Bob Marleys 65th birthday and the passing of Sonny Bradshaw one of his mentors who passed in 2009. May the fire that they passed on to me never die and the music never stop playing

Discography

Silo Sessions http://www.griotmusic.com/silosessions

Set List

No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
My Girl - Temptations
Don't Stop Believing - Journey
Just the Two of Us - Grover Washington Jr
Time after Time - Cydi Lauper
Dancing in Degrasse - Original
My Love - Original
Liza - Traditional
In a Daze - Original
She Loves Me - Original