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On August 4, 2015, Toronto radio station Jazz.FM91 kicked off its World Music Series at a local jazz club, Hugh’s Room. The series consists of five performances highlighting music from around the world with both international and local jazz artists. (click on any photo to see a larger version)

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The first performance featured Etienne Charles from Trinidad and Tobago. He was backed up by an all-star band of local Toronto musicians: Robi Botos (piano), Otis Williams (drums), John Maharaj (bass), and Braxton Hicks (tenor saxophone).

At 8 p.m. Jazz.FM91 producer and host Jaymz Bee welcomed us and introduced Etienne.

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Jaymz Bee

Here are photos from the performance. Apologies to John and Otis for not being able to capture good images of them from where I was seated.

Etienne Charles on percussion

Etienne Charles on percussion

Robi Botos

Robi Botos

Braxton Hicks

Braxton Hicks

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Braxton Hicks, John Maharaj, Etienne Charles

Braxton Hicks, John Maharaj, Etienne Charles

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in the background on the left is Otis Williams

in the background is drummer Otis Williams

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Here are two links to short video clips of the performance:

https://youtu.be/Ss1h92E9UKU

https://youtu.be/Dohgol8cZHU

Additional countries in this series are Cuba, France and Iceland, and the finale has Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. For additional information and tickets check out this link at Jazz.FM91:

http://www.jazz.fm/index.php/news-a-events-mainmenu/on-stage/12182-world-music-festival-2015

Or this link at Hugh’s Room: http://hughsroom.com/calendar/

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