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Not just jazz

For Release Upon Receipt - April 25, 2014

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago – On Saturday May 3, 2014, a mélange of instruments and their talented music-makers come together for “More Than Just Jazz”, a concert by The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Caribbean Contemporary Workshop featuring the Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA) Student Jazz Ensemble, hosted by the Musical Arts Unit of the Department of Creative and Festival Arts. 

The UWI Caribbean Contemporary “Workshop” Ensemble marks sixteen years of music-making with a tribute to its first lecturer and the founder, former UWI lecturer and jazz musician, the late Mervyn Williams. Director Rellon Brown is a recipient of the Cacique Award for musical direction (The Catalyst, 2005), is a graduate of the UWI DCFA and Trinity College of London, and has distinguished himself as a first call trumpeter in the local music scene for a broad spectrum of musical genres. 

The UWI Jazz Ensemble is headed by Mr. Khion De Las, a distinguished graduate of the music departments of The UWI St. Augustine and Northern Illinois University. He is also a gifted pannist, composer and arranger.  

“More Than Just Jazz” takes place at 7pm, at the Daaga Auditorium of the St. Augustine Campus. Tickets are $50 for adults and $30 for students, and are available at the DCFA, Agostini Street, St. Augustine.

For more information, please contact at 663-2141, or Mr. Joseph Drayton at 645-1955 


About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation.  

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.) 

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