Miami – It will be a Jamaican affair as a slice of the island’s culture will be on display at the next WDNA Fine Arts Concert, scheduled for March 12, 2011, at 7:30pm, in the WDNA Jazz Gallery.
Guitarist, Eugene Grey will be the featured musical guest, delivering a program rich with classic reggae/jazz rhythms. The evening also includes a fascinating art exhibition entitled, “Double Exposure” by visual artist and reggae vocalist, AJ Brown.
The WDNA Fine Arts Concert Series is a bimonthly event that brings art and jazz lovers together under one roof, in the WDNA Jazz Gallery. The series is renowned for exposing artists who are rarely seen in the Greater Miami area. Such is the case with guitarist, Eugene Grey, who for decades has worked and toured with many of Jamaica’s music greats, including Toots & the Maytals, Culture, Burning Spear, Denroy Morgan, and Fab Five, among others.
Although Grey has independently produced five albums he’s known primarily as a backing guitarist, but now he’s stepping into the spotlight to unleash a concert filled with rhythms of reggae, ska, mento and calypso, all with a punch of jazz. “My objective is to capture the musical heritage that’s not highlighted today,” he says. Eugene Grey will be accompanied by Karl Wright on drums, Dave Richards on bass, and Paul Banman on keyboard.
Double Exposure by AJ Brown
Most fans regard AJ Brown as one of the better reggae vocalists around, so it might come as a surprise to many to learn that he’s also a talented visual artist. Brown, whose successful music career included an extended stay on the world famous Las Vegas strip, also studied art at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts, in Jamaica and has a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Brown was inspired by the renaissance period of art, but has blended his own Caribbean roots into his works. His exhibition, entitled “Double Exposure,” is an expression of his double life as a visual artist and vocalist, and the pieces on display proudly include the vibrant Jamaican and Rastafarian colors. AJ Brown’s art will be available for sale throughout the exhibition, and he will also perform with Eugene Grey & Company at the Fine Arts Concert.
Tickets are $25 for WDNA members, $50 general admission, and includes refreshments and catered Jamaican delicacies, reservations are required at: 305-662-8889