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Saturday, January 6, 2018
For almost 20 years, Maestro Billy Overton has made playing pan a central part of his ministry, playing in his church and other churches all over the Gulf South region of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas an
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
While the steelpan can be heard on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there has been pan in the movies for decades. One of its earliest appearances is an animated cartoon short, Calypso Cat.
Monday, January 1, 2018
No jazz artist has done more to incorporate calypso material into their work than saxophone legend Sonny Rollins.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Issued earlier this year and appearing on some “best of 2017” jazz record lists, Jaco Pastorius Word of Mouth Big Band, Truth Liberty & Soul (Resonance Records) is a two CD set that is treasure.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
In 1951, Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra (Taspo) took pan to England and France and many adult steelbands traveled in the fifties throughout the Caribbean and beyond.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
In Trinidad in the fifties, Latin music was popular, both mambos and cha cha chas. In fact, many of the earliest steelpan recordings were mambos.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
One of the more unique phenomena on display at many steelpan events in the United States in recent years are mass steelbands in which individual players or smaller pan ensembles come together as one l
Friday, October 27, 2017
From October 27-29, Coco returns to Queens Hall for its ninth dance extravaganza.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
The instructor of the Peace Drums Project steelbands is San Fernando’s own Briele Scott, who recently returned to Israel for her second term of directing this unique music ensemble of secondary school
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Little remembered, Massie Patterson (1892-1970) was likely the best-known Trinidad concert singer during the Harlem Renaissance and after in New York City.

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