Caribbean jazz musicians Ernest Ranglin of Jamaica and Arturo Tappin of Barbados will perform at “An Evening of Jazz” on Friday, September 23, 2011 at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The fundraiser will support the American Foundation for the University of West Indies’ (AFUWI) ongoing mission to provide student scholarships and strengthen academic programs while also continuing to build relationships within the U.S.-based Caribbean community. The event will begin with a silent auction at 6:30 p.m. followed by a concert performance at 7:00 p.m.
Ernest Ranglin is a prolific guitarist and composer who helped give birth to the ska genre in the late 1950s and is often credited with inventing “scratching,” a core guitar technique commonly found in today’s music with bands such as No Doubt. Ranglin also recorded the soundtrack for the legendary James Bond film Dr. No, filmed in Jamaica in 1962.
Arturo Tappin is an internationally acclaimed saxophonist who blends classical jazz with Caribbean reggae rhythms. Tappin has partnered with music legends, including Maxi Priest, Anita Baker, the late Luther Vandross and has performed for President Barak Obama and former President Bill Clinton.
Tickets are $60 per person