Photos and narration by Frankie Morone.
February 15th, 2013 is a date that will remain memorable 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.