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Playing one for Geraldine Connor
The rafters of the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Port-of-Spain, is expected to shake tonight at 6 o’clock when some of the prominent singers and artistes get together to play one for the late great Geraldine Connor. The event, put on by friends of the musical icon, Geraldine Connor Memorial Committee, is called Geri’s Journey and will feature pannist Luke Walker of Caribbean Airlines Invaders, Raymond Edwards, Ataklan, Mavis John, Marvin Smith, members of the Carnival Messiah, Laventille Drummers, tassa drummers, Emmett Hennessy, celebrated pianist Charlie Brunner and many more. Opera singer, soprano Ann Fridal, one of the key players in this tribute, will also perform. Maurice Brash will be the master of ceremonies. Fridal told Pan Buzz the occasion will be grand, and she expects a full house. In attendance will be President George Maxwell Richards and his wife, Dr Jean Ramjohn-Richards. Connor blazed a trail in the performing arts internationally with Carnival Messiah, her most outstanding work. The versatile musicologist also did a Panorama arrangement for Invaders many moons ago. Tonight’s concert is free. An offering will be collected. On Sunday the Memorial Committee will be hosting a benefit party, Jazz It For Geri, at Le Cafe Opera, 13 Cipriani Boulevard, Port-of-Spain, starting at 5 pm.
Jimo is PRO
One of the popular figures in pan, Cecil “Jimo” James is now the public relations officer of the Trinidad All Stars Association. Jimo, who has been in pan since Christopher Columbus was a little boy, has the unique distinction of captaining three steelbands—City Syncopators, Tokyo and Defence Force—of which he and Carl Alfonso are the founders. An excited Jimo told Pan Buzz that the organisation, now headed by a woman, Yvonne Boochoon, has hit the ground running, and had some fund-raising plans. Already the “Old Boys” have held a Mother’s Day event and will hold a service at 6 pm tomorrow at the Woodbrook Fellowship building, George and Duke streets, Port-of-Spain. All members are invited. A membership meeting will be held June 3 at 11 am at the same venue. The new executive is: president Yvonne Boochoon; vice-president Noel Lorde; secretary Dolores Adams; assistant secretary Makita Miller; public relations officer Cecil “Jimo”James; treasurer Courteny Goodridge; trustees Anthony Ford and Frank De leon.
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