Steel Band, Jazz, Ethnic, caribbean, Reggae
Calypso Blue, featuring steel drummer Gary Gibson, is the hippest wave to roll into the Puget Sound jazz and ethnic music scene in recent years. Since its inception in 1989, Calypso Blue has brought the pulsating rhythms and infectious melodies of the world's happiest music, calypso, to countless Northwest audiences. With a touch of Reggae, Latin jazz, pop music, and other Caribbean styles thrown in for good measure, Calypso Blue offers the ultimate in variety and flexibility while maintaining the Caribbean sound.
Calypso Blue normally consists of six musicians: two sets of steel drums (one doubling on percussion), flute (and sax/keyboard), guitar, bass, and drums. Depending on such variables as budget, room size, and type of event, however, the band can be whittled down to a quartet, omitting the flute/sax/keyboard and second steel drum players. With steel drums as the lead instrument, the music retains its festive "carnival" sound, supported by the other instruments in the band. The variety of sounds in the band allow Calypso Blue to always sound fresh, from tune to tune and set to set. In addition to the vast repertoire of traditional and contemporary Caribbean music, the band also plays some familiar pop tunes. And if your event is more "laid back" or calls for a dinner or cocktail set, it's no problem. Calypso Blue plays many light, mellow Caribbean tunes as well. For special holiday parties, the band also plays an extensive repertoire of seasonal favorites arranged especially for this unique instrumentation.
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