Pan Jazz 2009 in London


On Sunday, November 8, 2009, there will be a one evening performance of Pan Jazz 2009 at the historic Hackney Empire at 291 Mare Street, London. Doors open at 6:30pm and the concert will begin at 7:30pm. Caribbean steel pan and jazz come together to produce a scintillating performance by world renowned performers.

The program features steel pan jazz recording artist Andy Narell and calypso legend Relator, who will perform classic compositions by the late Lord Kitchener, and other great calypso pioneers. They join forces with celebrated pan jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles and Morocan/Senegal percussionist Mokhtar Samba, as well as other seasoned musicians such as Gerard Carocci, Thierry Fanfant, and Jonathan Jurion.

Since the appearance of his first solo album in 1979, Andy Narell is credited with taking the steelpan out of the steel band and bringing it into the jazz band. Relator is considered one of Trinidad’s finest calypsonians; he won the Calypso Monarch competition in 1980 and is still considered one of the masters of the art form today. Etienne Charles’ “musical lineage runs at least four generations” hailing from Trinidad and Martinique. Mokhtar Samba is known as an African drums/percussionnist virtuoso who likes to bring together diverse musical traditions; he created the multiethnic group Mossan to provide a musical bridge between various African countries, North Africa, and Europe.

For more on the performance and the individual musicians, see

One thought on “Pan Jazz 2009 in London

  1. As a Jamaican, reggae and Jazz fan – I was invited by a friend and had an irie time. Relator was brilliant and the last part when they had what I will call ‘de cus cus’ was fantastic. Excellent evening, wonderful music particularly Etienne Charles, and only wish there were more people there.
    Want the next concert soon.

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