tuner and inventor of the double-tenor pan, Bertie Marshall,
second from right, beckons towards a smiling Clyde Lightning
George, left, while arrangers Earl Brooks, right, Len Boogsie
Sharpe, centre, and Charlie Pinder look on during intermission
at the Lightning Strikes Twice concert at the Mas Camp on
Photo: David Wears
Sparks of brilliance flew from the double-tenor pan of jazz
musician Clyde Lightning George, as he showed
his star power and lit up the Mas Camp Entertainment Centre
on French Street, Woodbrook, on Monday night.
Backed by an all-star band that included ace guitarist Tony
Voisin and keyboardist Allan Oxley, George turned in a spirited
display, all in the name of his mentor and creator of the
very pan he played, legendary tuner Bertie Marshall.
Marshall called for assistance from the pan fraternity back
in December to help him pay his medical bills after he had
a diabetic stroke last year.
George first answered the call in February with a concert
on Carnival Sunday at Diego Martin Pan Institute.
On Monday, this time with Marshall seated stage-front, he
responded again, with some swift stick work that brought tears
to Marshalls eyes.
George opened the show at 9 pm with a moving rendition of
A Song for My Father, followed by Green Dolphin Street, before
upping the tempo to deliver One Note Samba.
With two sticks in his right hand and one in his left, an
animated George directed his band and cued in solos from each
instrument, drawing applause from the small crowd.
Despite the small turnout, several prominent pannists and
enthusiasts were also in the house, including Pamberis
Nestor Sullivan, Starlifts Larry Largen, Charlie Pinder,
Edme Gibbon and Franklyn Ollivierrie of Phase II Pan Groove,
and Shaka Nkhosi, calypsonians Black Stalin and Skatie, rapso
artiste Brother Resistance, impresario Choy Aming, and Witco
executive Danielle Chow.
Also present were Witco Desperadoes manager Dr Finbar Fletcher,
pan tuner Roland Harragin, jazz promoter Dawad Phillips and
pan enthusiast Mervyn Telfer.
George was then joined on stage by vocalist Candice Roberts
and calypsonian Edwin Crazy Ayoung, who performed
the duet, My Satin Doll.
Given centre stage, Roberts struggled through the well-known
Girl From Ipanema.
Ayoung also doubled as a presenter and gave the audience a
tickle with his wacky comedy.
Phase II Pan Groove arranger Len Boogsie Sharpe
and renowned arranger/recording artiste Earl Brooks joined
George and quartet for a memorable performance.
This segment, which brought the curtains down on the nights
entertainment, included Ayoung singing a tribute to Marshall,
another to the contribution by women to the development of
the national instrument, and Backyard Party, one of Kitcheners
lesser known ditties.