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John Jones - The Esquires with Brass Featuring Clive Bradley

Sweet Caribbean music from the 60's and 70's

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Comment by Ken T Fortune on December 19, 2016 at 10:37pm

The late great Clive Bradley with the Esquires brass band,one of the renown celebrity of Trinidad and Tobago.

Comment by Lilian Sten on December 15, 2016 at 7:20pm

Sweet fuh days! Bring back the Brass!!!

Comment by Herman Assee on December 15, 2016 at 1:51pm

Some good old memories, sure injoyed.  That is something that will be nice for T&T to bring back the combo musical bands.    I remember the brass band competitions at Queens Park Savannah.

Comment by Pan Times on December 15, 2016 at 5:50am

@ Mike

Thanks Mike for the great history and memories. Much appreciated.

Comment by MC Joseph on December 14, 2016 at 11:18pm

Hey Pan Times,

Your post of John Jones is nostalgic for me.

It brought back some memories when I was approximately 18-20 year old and playing on the musical stage with Bradley and some of T&T best musicians of that era. I was a trumpet player then with Dean and the Celebrities and shared the stage with Clive Bradley and Esquires Brass, Danny Ming and Gemini Brass, Monty Williams with Guinness Casanovas and other big band down at Guardian Sport Club on Wrightson Rd. One of the sax men in Esquires Brass "Lio" was my tailor (tenor player). Also remember when Ed Watson of the Ed Watson Brass Circle would remind my brother Wilfred and I that he want us to consider joining the Brass Circle too.

Some notable steelbands in the weekly Guardian Sport Club Sunday evening Rum Punch Party were Despers, Invaders, All Stars etc.

It was so much fun every weekend, and as a youth man, I always had money in my pocket because the brass bands paid decently; well we all know the story of the steelbands and paying players. Just being nostalgic over some great memories, but some things never change. Pan people still struggling to get paid. 

Thanks,

Mike

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