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From the The Nation, Barbados' leading newspaper.
February 23, 1996
by Carolle Bourne

Lots of jazz at the Seaside

There were a lot of firsts when jazz was order of the night at the Seaside Theatre in Holetown: all part of a line-up of weeklong festival fun.

First time that jazz was featured at the Holetown festival.

First time John Stevenson took to the stage as an emcee.

And the first time the new vocal group D'Guyz did anything jazz.

But the night belonged to vocalist CiCi and the Ebe Gilkes quartet - sax, piano, bass guitar, drums.

Fine stuff like Almost Like Being In Love done in jazz tones thrilled the large-ish appreciative audience.

CiCi was cooking vocally. She seemed all fired up by her Paint It Jazz success, and gave festival patrons sensational renditions of Just Friends, Lover Man, Gershwin's Embraceable You, and S'Wonderful plus an exhilarating Just In Time from Bells Are Ringing.

If Ebe, CiCi and company were seen and heard more often, jazz rhythms could easily become a-just-what-the-doctor-ordered kind of thing to unwind to for a larger cross-section than ever imagined.
 
Bourne, Carolle, (1996).  Lots of jazz at the Seaside.  The Nation, February 23, 1996.

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