FREDERIKSTED- Community Music Inc. will present an Emancipation Day Quelbe Jazz Concert featuring musical performances and dub poetry that commemorate the abolition of slavery in the Virgin Islands.
The concert will include all-original music from trumpet virtuoso Edwin “Eddie” Russell, who will be backed by his Quelbe Jazz Band featuring longtime musicians Mario Thomas on bass, Lennox Joseph on guitar, Ray Isles on congas, Kenneth “Afra” Dailey on drums and David Bess on percussion.
“Freedom deserves a celebration, especially in these stressful times,” Russell said. “I chose songs for this concert that either commemorate the emancipation of our people, celebrate Virgin Islands pride and heritage, or pay tribute to outstanding late musicians who helped shape the music and history of our territory.”
Friday’s virtual concert will also feature “Ras Iyame the Dub Poet,” [Bevan Smith Jr.], whose animated performance will tell the story of emancipation in the Virgin Islands.
The Emancipation Day Quelbe Jazz Concert is sponsored by AARP of the Virgin Islands, the Virgin Islands Port Authority, and WTJX Channel 12.
Community Music Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes social harmony and educational enrichment through music. For more information, contact Edwin Russell at 340-277-3914.