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Excerpt from The Nation, Barbados' leading newspaper.
March 10, 1995
by Ricky Jordan

Raf and friends jazz it up

The launching of Raf Robertson's second CD, Branches, saw the gathering of some of the top jazz artistes here last Sunday.

Jazz singer CiCi, who has been on the scene for over a decade, was joined by her friends from the VSOP Band, while the man of the moment, Robertson, enjoyed what he called "a reunion" with Arturo Tappin, Nicholas Brancker, Errol Wise and Robert Greenidge.

When CiCi and friends took the spotlight, the audience was treated to a display of Dixie music which veered away from the traditional jazz standards.

With songs like Prairie Moon, Deed I Do and All Of Me, the group created a jovial, breezy mood. But beneath the light-hearted vein, one could see the true talent and flair of Stuart Jenkins on trombone, Tony Cummins on clarinet and sax, Robert Foster on drums, Anthony Hackett on bass and Dr. John Duckhouse on trombone, trumpet and vocals.

It was an evening of good jazz, enjoyed by Minister of Health Liz Thompson, Minister of Education and Culture Mia Mottley and Dr. Carol Jacobs, wife of Opposition NDP leader Dr. Richie Haynes.
Jordan, Ricky, (1995).  Raf and friends jazz it up.  The Nation, March 10, 1995.

1995 The Nation



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