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♫♪♫ Alix Jacques aka Dr. Lulux and his Afro-Caribbean Jazz Sextet. (Part 2) ♫♪♫.
- Feb 14, 2013
Photos and narration by Frankie Morone.
February 15th, 2013 is a date that will remain memorable ...more
in the annals of jazz music in our community. It was a special rendez-vous for everyone, young and not so young, to come celebrate Valentine's day at "Chez Mirelle Restaurant" in beautiful Long Island. The staff there is very kind and the service excellent. Although bitterly cold, several folks decided to venture outside in order to attend this event. As usual, I received a special invitation from my friend Alix Jacques, aka Dr. Lulux for that celebration.
Upon my arrival, the venue was almost full to capacity. The guess were patiently sited in the beautifully decorated large room; some of the guess were enjoying their wines or martinis and some whispering love words to their Valentines: others were savoring some "spicy akra" or delicious hors d'oeuvres. Around 9:45 pm, Karl Joseph from Kari Jazz and all the musicians accede on the stage. After a brief introduction by Karl, the Afro Caribbean Jazz Sextet under the direction of the Maestro Dr. Lulux performed their first song. Needless to say that everything was nearly perfect: the acoustic, the lighting etc. During their second interpretation, it was very obvious that they were all masters of their instruments. The drummer was a driving force as well as the bassist. By the third song, everyone was quiet and very attentive to the musicians particularly to the horn section. Bill, sitting too calmly behind his grand piano was incredible. Camille, in his corner was doing wonders with his congas. Something I would like to mention: they have added new songs to their rich repertoire. To my amazement, they covered some old Haitian songs, such as "Complainte Paysane" and "Miniz Azaka". These were beautifully interpreted and at some point some people in the audience were singing in unison the lyrics of these very popular tunes. It was very moving. A word of advise guys: it's a great idea to incorporate these beautiful songs from our land.
On the 2nd set, which began around 12:00 midnight, the beautiful Lisa Monviginier joined the party. Wearing a beautiful red dress, her first piece was "La vie en rose". She sang it in French. At the end of that interpretation she and the band came short of receiving a standing ovation. Bravo to you Lisa and you too Dr. Lulux. Magnificent!
It was a great evening. The audience was marvelous. It was an honor and a privilege for me to be there. I invite you to take a tour in pictures of that unforgettable event. The very next time that "The Afro Caribbean Jazz Sextet" is playing, I urge you to come. I personally guaranty that you will not regret it. For more informations, you can visit his web site: alixjacques.net.
Your comments are welcome. Venez tous en foule la plus prochaine fois les applaudir à Chez Mirelle Restaurant. Mille mercis pour la visite.
♪♫♪ Extraordinary CD release party of "Agoci Band" at the Adria Hotel. ♫♪♫
- Jan 19, 2013
♣ Photo & narration by Frankie Morone.♣
Agoci Band is a group of talented Haitian musicians that ...more
combines fresh hip-hop, roots, and calypso flavors with Haitian compas. Lead singer Rol'hans Innocent, the maestro, is a pioneer of Haitian arts who believes in the healing power of song and dance. He passionately sings and choreographs dances about the joys and struggle and the plight of the Haitian people. Peter Stoopack said that “He has a love affair with the audience”.
Agoci Band is mainly based in the New York metropolitan area. The band consists of bassist Bobby Raymond, guitarist Edouard Richard, pianist Herline Florival, drummer Alix Saintil, percussionist Brunel Touseul, Calixte Jean on the tumpet, Garry Alertea on the clarinet, Shelo at the trombone. Lastly, the lead singers consist of Rol’hans Innocent, Yves Valcourt, Fabienne Innocent and Sperencia.
I am taking this opportunity to mention that Bobby Raymond, Edouard Richard and Alix Saintil have previously worked together. In 1980, they were the backbone of the musical group "MYSTIK" which undoubtedly altered the Haitian musical path and ultimately gave rise to the "new generation." One of the results was Zèklè, and the rest is history. Can this feat be repeated with Agoci? We certainly hope so.
About a week ago, my good friend Alix Saintil sent me a very special invitation to that event. Honestly, last Saturday's soiree at the Adria Hotel was one of the greatest parties I have ever attended. At 9:30 PM, Agoci's troupe was eloquently introduced and immediately after performed several short plays. They were accompanied by several drummers and a few horns players. Needless to say that the audience was in awe of such a beautiful performance.
By 11:30 PM, the Agoci Band got on the stage. Thirteen extremely talented musicians kept the audience in a state of shock. The sound was excellent. I'd like to mention that they only played their original music. They were "maitre" of their instruments. After setting the crowd ablaze for nearly two hours, it was time to have dinner.
A diverse palette of well seasoned typical Haitian food was served.
The second part of the soiree was even more sensational. There was a series of short plays, comprised of dancing, singing and storytelling. They really touched the soul of the audience who applauded them loudly several times.
Alas, as you know, all good things must come to an end; it was a wonderful and unforgettable night, full of with Haitian culture. I do not regret one bit going.
I am taking this opportunity to share a few pictures of that lovely evening. As usual, your comments are very welcome.
Agocy can be reached at 347- 600-6389. For further information, you also can visit their website at www.agoci.net They are also on facebook/agoci.
Thank you so very much for the visit.
♫♪ Afro Caribbean Jazz Sextet of Alix Jacques at Mirelle Restaurant. ♫♪
- May 13, 2013
Photos & Narration: Frankie Morone.
There are some soirees that are simply unforgettable. Last ni ...more
ght's event at the famous Mirelle Restaurant in Long Island was one of them. Despite a slow start, the evening quickly turned around. In less than an hour, everything was cruising at a very high altitude.
Alix, also known as Dr. Lulux (pour les intimes), is a tireless and talented musician. Listening to his famous Jazz sextet playing is so enjoyable. The audience was outstanding. For those of you who did not make it, you really missed a great party. I suggest you attend the very next performance by Alix playing at Mirelle's. Get your tickets fast. I personally guarantee that you won't regret it. As usual, I am inviting you to view a few photos. Your comments are always welcome. Thank you for the visit.