Nearly five decades after the Skatalites formation, the Skatalites are still the premiere ska band from Jamaica. Officially formed in 1964 after playing in studios together all over Kingston, these musicians came together to perform live shows all over the island. In addition to the live shows, these musicians were the backing band for every vocalist including Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Toots and The Maytals, to name just a few. They are the roots to the tree whose branches include rocksteady, reggae, rap, dub, punk, two-tone, 3rd wave, ska-jazz, ska-core and ragga. Now in their 47th anniversary they continue to please crowds while spanning the globe year after year. The members now include: Lester Sterling, Lloyd Knibb, Doreen Shaffer, Azemobo Audu , Natty Frenchy , Kevin Batchelor, Val Douglas, Andrae Murchison, Cameron Greenlee. Drum and bass team Lloyd Knibb and Lloyd Brevett pre-dates the Skatalites, having played together for 57 years. Saxophonist Lester Sterling, trumpeter Johnny ‘Dizzy’ Moore and soulful vocalist Doreen Schaeffer carry on the never-ending rhythm they pioneered. Cedric ’Im Brooks, musical arranger and bandleader for Count Ossie and diverse projects including the consummate Light of Sabba, adds his sax to the mix.
Tickets are on sale and available at www.thecompoundgrill.com, the Compound Grill Box Office or at 480.585.5483. Please call 480.585.5483 to make a reservation!
$20 tickets plus sales tax.
The Compound Grill @ 8:00pm
7000 E. Mayo Boulevard, Scottsdale
About The Compound Grill
The Compound Grill, opened in November 2009, is a locally-owned, family-run and homegrown music venue dedicated to promoting culture and live music in the valley, as well as serving fine food created from locally-sourced ingredients. Founded by the producers of the McDowell Mountain Music Festival, The Compound seeks to combine fantastic, natural food and amazing music performances for a fantastic synergy of the senses. Acts such as Cowboy Junkies, Ottmar Liebert, Martin Sexton, Christian Scott, Jackie Greene, Dave Mason, Ray Manzarek of The Doors and many more have performed in this unique venue.
The Compound Grill serves lunch and dinner seven days per week and is open until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; brunch is served 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Concert schedule, menu, tickets and more can be seen at www.thecompoundgrill.com or call 480-585-5483