JAZZ BAND Quintessence played their fourth annual concert in aid of the Lagos Bombeiros to a packed Lagos Cultural Centre.
Hundreds of residents, including the chief of Lagos Bombeiros, Sr. Tavares, were treated to two, one hour sets of jazz standards, spanning early Gershwin to Jamie Cullum on February 15.
The five piece band, led by Chris Atcherley, was joined by trumpet player Ray Charlsley, trombonist Roger Clark and guest percussionist Mischa. Sandie Thom delighted the crowd with her diverse vocal range and costume changes.
This year, the band played against a backdrop of film and media images complementing many of the songs perfectly.
Musical highlights included great rearrangements of the Clash song, Should I stay or should I go, One day I’ll fly away made famous by Randy Crawford and Stevie Ray and Vaughn instrumental Riviera Paradise. The rest of the sets included songs from Duke Ellington, The Yellow Jackets, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Passport and The Crusaders.
In addition to ticket sales, the money raised from a raffle went to the bombeiros and, after the show, Keyboardist Graham Roberts announced that 3,100 euros had been raised.
Sr. Tavares spoke of his immense gratitude to the band and presented each member with wine as a thank you gift.
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