Sept. 18, 2002 – Straight-ahead jazz will be wafting over the water as the sun sets on Friday on the Frederiksted waterfront.
The Jack Peterson Quartet will do the honors, playing from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Veterans Park in downtown Frederiksted.
It's the latest installment of "Sunset Jazz in Frederiksted," a series of concerts presented by the Frederiksted Economic Development Association on the third Friday of each month.
In addition to Peterson on saxophone, the quartet comprises Elvis Pedro on guitar, Marsvyn David on bass and Ken Afra Dailey on drums.
Peterson, a noted writer of jingles, began his musical sojourn in eighth grade at Christiansted High School, playing the clarinet. He received a bachelor of music education degree from Miami University of Ohio, where he played in the marching band, and a master's in educational administration. He has led a jazz quartet on St. Croix for nearly two decades "and might be one of the most giggling musicians on the island," publicity states. In his daytime life, he is assistant principal at John Woodson Junior High School, chairs the board of the V.I. Council of the Arts and owns "Say It With A Song." a jingle development enterprise.
Pedro started studying guitar in 1975. His early inspiration came from Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Kevin Eubanks and fellow Crucians Ronnie Russell and Fred Thomas. He is a self-taught musician, having read, studied music and practiced for thousands of hours. He has played with Benson, Jimmy Owens, The Drifters and Freddy Williams and sat in on numerous occasions at St. Croix's Blue Moon Jazz restaurant. As a member of the National Guard 73rd Army Band, he has preformed throughout the world.
David, who is also a writer, arranger and producer, has had four of his tunes recorded by the Howard University Jazz Band. He has written, produced and recorded numerous jingles aired in the territory and has served as band director for Brenda Cole, 1988 country singer of the year. He serves as music director for Orquesta Taboga, Atlanta's premier Latin band, and produced the group's most recent CD.
Dailey started out playing flute and clarinet. His first drum gig was with The Modern Ink Spots, and it came about after the group's producer heard him practicing at his mother's home in Philadelphia, knocked on her door, and asked if she would allow her son to join the group. (She said yes.) As a drummer, he has worked at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, where the "Philly" sound originated, and toured with Grover Washington Jr., Betty Carter and The Dells. Locally, he has performed with the Roy Davis Trio.
Friday's concert is a family-oriented event, and admission is free. There are a few benches in the park, but they'll be claimed by the early birds, so folks planning to attend are urged to bring their own folding chairs or blankets for sitting back and enjoying the music.
FEDA will operate a cash bar, and concertgoers are encouraged to stay in town afterward to have dinner or take in some Friday night entertainment in Frederiksted.
On tap for future Friday "Sunset Jazz" concerts are Black Diamond on Oct. 18, Diane Russell on Nov. 15 and Neil Simon on Dec. 20. For more information, call 719-3672, or send an e-mail to Sunset Jazz.
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