Barbados' First Lady of Jazz



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Excerpt from The Barbados Advocate newspaper.
February 20, 2004

Cool Jazz returns with a touch of 'Soul'

The hundreds who turned out for the exciting culmination to last year's Notes to Note and Barbados National Terminal's Cool Jazz series can anticipate another exciting run when the Cool Jazz season kicks off next Sunday, February 29, 2004, with a groovy show titled 'Soul Sisters', at the picturesque Southern Palms Hotel, St. Lawrence Gap. 

'Soul Sisters' will feature sultry songbirds CiCi and Tamara Marshal in their musical splendor. CiCi, the grand dame of the local Jazz fraternity, has a prolific musical career that includes early stints with Mike Sealy and the Sunkings, and the late Ernie Small. 

She has also lent her talent to melodious offerings with the Ebe Gilkes Trio, Charles Mountfort, and VSOP Dixieland Band. Locally, the 'First Lady of Jazz' has graced the likes of venues Royal Pavilion, Glitter Bay, Sandy Lane, Villa Nova and the Waterfront Café. Her tour of duty overseas has involved gigs in neighbouring St. Vincent and St. Lucia and internationally, in a departure from Jazz, in the USA doing Country and Western.

Tamara Marshall has blossomed before her home audience to become one of the most sought after female vocalists to perform in a range of musical genres. The stylish dreadlocked diva rose to fame when she signed on with Spice & Company and went on to tour with the group.

However, one of the highlights of her career is perhaps her tenure touring as a back-up vocalist with international recording artist Maxi Priest and added to her touring credits when she did Spirit of the Unity.
 
Cool Jazz returns with a touch of 'Soul'.  The Barbados Advocate, February 20, 2004.

© 2004 The Barbados Advocate

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