CHRISTIANSTED – Community Music Inc. will present a virtual pre-Father’s Day concert this Saturday featuring trumpet master Eddie Russell and other St. Croix musicians.
The performance will be livestreamed from Levels, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19, on the Jazz in the Park-Christiansted Facebook page, www.facebook.com/JazzintheParkSTX.
The band includes Eddie Russell on vocals and trumpet, Ronnie Russell on guitar, Lennox Joseph on guitar, Mario Thomas on bass, Lenny Larsen on bass/guitar, Ray Isles on congas, Leslie Matthias on drums, and David Bess on percussion.
The concert will feature American classics, like “Song for my Father” by Horace Silver, mixed with original Eddie Russell compositions such as “Jungle Juice” and “Bom Bo Dit.”
Russell said this concert is a tribute to fatherhood, but it also recognizes the significance of Juneteen.
“I’ll be playing a special rendition of Es Una Historia by Stevie Wonder, which is a song about love – love in contrast to the oppression of slavery, which was all about hate,” Russell said.
The pre-Father’s Day jazz concert is funded in part by the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Online donations will be used to fund future in-person Jazz in the Park events, once COVID restrictions are lifted.
Community Music Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes social harmony and educational enrichment through music. For more information, contact Eddie Russell at 340-277-3914.