Thursday 11th May 2017.
In the aspirations of an impressionable 15 year old junior bandsman in the Royal Saint Lucia Police Band, a career as clarinet player is the height of romance. Anyone from the islands know that in a laid back post colonial city, there is nothing more distinguished than a place among the crisp, uniformed ranks in the stream of military parades that punctuate the annual calendar of national observances.
By 1983, now fully ensnared by what is arguably his first serious love – the saxophone, Augustin “Jab” Duplessis had begun to anticipate ‘the possibilities’ during a summer of tuition and master classes at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1989, another type of tuition (from Five Towns College in Seaford, Long Island) in the repair of woodwind instruments, would qualify him to become just as sought after for his second area of skill as his first.
A senior among Jazz proponents in Saint Lucia, this ranking is by dint of accomplishment, innovation and by association with the Caribbean’s Jazz luminaries. A member of the short-lived but pioneering West Indies Jazz Band which toured Europe and the Caribbean over its three year life, Jab’s signature is on both of WIJB record compilations. He founded “Third Eye, his ensemble, in 1989, which later produce a multi-hit CD compilation “Awakening”.
He was recognized among the East Caribbean’s foremost saxophonists, it seemed natural that he would be among those commissioned to form the Saint Lucia All Star Jazz Ensemble to perform main-stage at the 1996 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival.
His insatiable appetite for learning has placed him front row at innumerable master classes with such renowned legends like Bobby Watson (Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz), Bob Berg, Wynton Marsalis Band, Jamey Aebersold, Joe Lovano, and veteran saxophonist Lew Tabackin.
Juliana has been on the music scene since she was 8 years old. At the age of 16 she performed professionally at a teen talent on parade and got much applause and compliments for her poise, charisma and unique vocals with a great command on stage.
Her talent exuberated when she performed at the various hotels and when she graced the Calypso/soca stage with her hit debut, “LEAVE DEM TO AGE”. Her first album was produced in St. Croix, USVI with a list of 7 songs, where the production instantly got sold out at a celebration in St. Thomas, USVI.
She has performed with Bands like “Survival”, “Rhythm Krazy” and her very own “Power Surge” performing at various Hotels in St. Lucia.
Juliana attended the St. Lucia School of music in 1996 to further her skills and passion in music in vocal training and musicianship.
She was the opening act in St. Croix for the Soca/Calypso giants of T & T namely, the King of Calypso the Mighty Sparrow, Singer Sandra, Short Shirt, Chalk Dust, Hunter and the list goes on.
Juliana has also represented St. Lucia in cultural events in Suriname, Martinique and the United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. She has created a name for herself in the genre of Rhythm and Blues and Zouk. She performed at several shows in the United States where she was one of the main acts. She then joined a jazz band called “SMOKING BAND” in St. Thomas in 2008, as the lead vocalist.
She now focused her attention in the areas of Jazz, Rhythm and Blues which remain her passion of expression in music.
Kristian Lawrence is 13 years old, from Entrepot, Castries and is currently attending the St. Mary’s College. He is also pursuing music at the St. Lucia School of Music. He has performed at the following events:
Jazz on the Square 2016, Governor General’s birthday 2016, Inauguration of Deacons 2016/2017, Youth a flame annual Christmas concert. opening act 2015/2016
He started singing/acting at a very tender age, even before he started speaking at a preschool in Port St. Lucia in Florida. He is a member of Kiddie Crew Theatre Company, Youth a Flame Ministry, The Catholic Youth Choir and JUMP.
Kristian aspires to be a Professional Entertainer.
Silvanus Ernest known as Squeezy and the Dollar Plane Man. A gospel artiste who has captured the first ever gospel awards as male vocalist of the year in the early 90’s.. and also an M & C Fine Arts Award nominee in gospel music awards.
Sylvanus love for the arts and music has grown into a passion of lovability in his execution of music. The genre that he has chosen are mainly classics and blues and of course gospel. His tone and melodious renditions of songs are just breath taking.
His interpretation of his choices are always so perfect, he takes one to another level with his music.
Fasten your seat belts and enjoy this breathless vocals of Sylvanus Ernest.