Welcome to Episode 8 of Pan in Harmony. After a long, long summer break, the show is back. In this episode I want to feature Trinidad and the great bands of Trinidad. You will here tunes by Calypsonian Roaring Lion, legendary steel bands like Exodus, Neil and Massey Allstars and Phase II Pan Groove, even a classical piece played on steel drum; probably not something many are familiar with. Please visit www.paninharmony.com for links to the artists and their music.
This episode features Rudy Smith - a Trinidadian steelpan player from Port of Spain. Noted for his performances with many highly regarded jazz artist, Rudy has attracted attention as one of the brightest steelpan soloists in jazz. Rudy has recorded and performed with artist such as George Cables, Tommy Flanagan, Horace Parlan, Bernie Senesky, Andrew […]
This episode features The Mighty Jamma from Birmingham, England. Jamma began playing pan at age 11 and went on to win three titles: (1987 1998, 1999) National Steel Band Soloist Championship of Great Britain. The 1990’s saw the birth of the Jamma Caribbean Jazz Band. Using the steelpan as a lead instrument, mixed with […]
This episode features Liam Teague. Originally from Trinidad he has been hailed as the â€œPaganini of the Steelpanâ€, Liam currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music and Co-Director of the Northern Illinois University Steelband, the same institution at which he earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music. Since 2004, Teague has served as arranger […]
This episode features Tom “Tommy Rey” Reynolds a pan player, composer, steel drum maker, rock star and businessman from Sanford, FL. Originally from St.Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Tom learned to make pans at age 12 from the Hell’s Gate Steel Band. In 1957 he formed his first band “Moonshiners” and while at school in Puerto […]
This episode features Phil Hawkins a pan player, composer, publisher, educator from Santa Clara, CA. Originally from Topeka, Kansas, Phil earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music at Wichita State University. He currently teaches World Music and MIDI and Digital Audio courses at Mission College in Santa Clara, CA. Phil’s publishing company P. Note sells […]
This episode features Bakra Bata, a group of 6 members that began playing together in 1984. Their first gigs were out on the street and they still feel a great responsibility to bring their music, dance and theater like production to the masses, for free, in public spaces. Along with steel drums they feature a […]
This, the inaugural episode features Gary Gibson, multi-instrumentalist from the Seattle area, playing pan, vibes, drums keyboards, percussion and writing the tunes. There are selections from all three of his CDs. Check out more info on Gary, his great CDs, and read his blog from his 2004 trip to Trinidad where he played with Exodus […]