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Skippy first started listening to jazz as a teenager growing up in his native Trinidad. Although not a […]Read More
Skippy first started listening to jazz as a teenager growing up in his native Trinidad. Although not a very popular form of music on the radio then, there were several serious collectors of the music who were always willing to share and who could be found at the limited live performances of the few musicians engaged in that genre.
Migrating to New York in the 60s and living in Greenwich Village, literally a stone’s throw from the Village Gate, and close to the Village Vanguard both in the West Village and Slugs in The East Village, he frequented these spots, as well as the many other live music venues in the city. A regular at the Fillmore East, Skippy got progressively more into Blues which saw a resurgence in the mid to late 60s and early 70s by many of the rock musicians as well as the old masters who played at the Fillmore.
He moved to the San Francisco Bay area in the early 70s and took advantage of the opportunity to experience the best in live music at places like the Keystone Korner and the Fillmore West in the City, as well as the different venues across the Bay at the smaller clubs in Oakland and Berkeley but since 1979 has called MIami home.
Skippy finds great parallel between Jazz and Blues and Steelpan and Calypso music which tell the story of a people from a historical socio-political context. He is an avid collector of steelpan jazz and blues. He has been an on-air programmer at WDNA since 1996.