Tobago's ace panmen on Pan Jazz

Multi-times National Panorama champions Renegades will on top billing when they perform at Pan Trinbago's Pan Jazz event this Saturday night, 7.30 pm at Pigeon Point.

Renegades created a big stir at this year's Panorama competition with an out of sight performance of an arrangement by Tobago born Duvonne Stewart. Many steelband fans felt that the East Dry River based band should have been placed higher in the Finals of the competition.

Renegades has one of the most colourful history in the history the steelband movement. The band survived the era of violent steelband clashes and has produced some of the finest pannists in the steelband world. It was the musical genius Jit Samaroo who played a major role in catapulting Renegades on the top of the steelband world.

At present, Renegades has a talented squad of young pannists. Their presence at Pigeon Point this Saturday night will add a touch of class to the pan show.

RBC Redemption Soundsetters and NLCB Buccooneers will be the two big Tobago bands to lay down the gauntlet to the big 'Trini' band on the night.

Both Tobago bands have made their mark in the Panorama competitions both in Tobago and Trinidad. Patrons can expect a wonderful night of sweet steelband music from some of the finest steelbands in the world.

Patrons will also get the opportunity to witness two of Tobago's champion pannists on stage in the persons of Roger Sardinah and Alston 'Cannon' Jack.

Both Roger and Alston are products of the Tobago All Stars during the 1960s and 70s. Both men are competent arrangers and ace pannists in their own right and are highly respected in the steelband world.

After graduating from Bishops High School Roger was already one of the main men of the Tobago All Stars.

He later moved to North America where his pan talent was well appreciated on the North American circuit. Jack, fondly called 'Cannon' made his mark in the All Stars Steelband before moving to Desperadoes and in a short time he was on the North American circuit. From his base in Texas, Jack released a number of recordings.

Both men are well known for their jazz style music and pan fans will relish the sight of these two musical gems on stage this Saturday.

Ella Andell and a number of Trinidad based artistes will also showcase their talents on the big Pigeon Point stage.

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