trio Jab Jab, kung fu masters of most any Caribbean style you can name:
RUPERT BOTTENBERG, Montreal Mirror
One part Trinidadian and two parts Grenadian, this Montreal-based trio ditch the specifics for a pan-Caribbean mix-up that won’t sit still. Soca is the foundation here, but drummer Wayne Stoute and the brothers Whiteman, on guitar and bass, wander fearlessly around the islands and beyond. Compas, reggae, zouk and American pop all colour their clever, energetic tunes at one point or another. The band’s name is a reference to the mischievous devil figures (diable, see?) familiar to island carnivals, but you can take it as an invitation to a hell of a good time.
BOTTENBERG, Montreal Mirror, At Gala du Monde.
Gale force rhythms that will grab you by the gut and pull you into sweet turbulence.
Their musical menu offers a mix of the afro sounds of the Caribbean with the Trinidadian style of Calypso and Soca most prominent. Jab Jab's style also includes sounds and flavours from the African continent.
attracts a diverse following. The typical Jab Jab fan is often a person
with global values and tastes. He/She is open to new experiences and is curious
about culture and diversity.
“The hard hitting Jab Jab”
Michael Baffo, Montreal radio show host of “Bazza Bazza Soucous Sounds”.
“Montreal’s seasoned Afro-Caribbean outfit, Jab Jab (a devilish carnival character), has finally put out their first disc, and a fine one it is. Known for a solid live reputation, the band easily replicates their festive spirit on Jump Up and Jam with a rock-steady repertoire of calypso, soca, zouk, reggae, and afro-beat. There are several stand-out tracks including Doh Try Dat; a hilarious carnival ditty, King Mandela, a noble tribute to the South African president; and the reggaefied Home Sweet Home. Versatile is the key to the success of this trio – singer/guartist Ross Whiteman, bassist Andre Whiteman, and drummer Wayne Stoute – who, over the years, have backed such artists as Lorraine Klaasen, Karen Young, and Joanne Blouin.”
“Produced by J.F. Fabiano, this uplifting album captures the band’s tropical spirit – and true to its diabolical name, it really moves.”
Martin Siberok: Montreal Hour.
“For all the fuss surrounding carnival and jump-up celebrations in Montreal and Toronto, there are precious few high-quality acts on the Canadian soca-calypso scene. Happily, Montreral’s Jab Jab is a notable exception. Better still, the trio’s first CD, Jump Up and Jam, is a bright and brassy party animal.”
“Drummer Wayne Stoute from Trinidad and Grenadian-born Whiteman brothers, Ross on guitar and lead vocals and Andre on Bass, whip up a storm of popping Caribbean festival sounds. Turn ‘em up and put on your dancing shoes.”
Daniel Feist: The Montreal Gazette.
for an outstanding job, you are the best.”
Carole, Ottawa area special events booker.
WHAT IS ESPECIALLY ENJOYABLE ABOUT JAB JAB IS THAT THEY ARE AS EQUALLY PROFESSIONAL OFFSTAGE AS THEY ARE ONSTAGE WHICH IS A RARITY IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS. MY CLIENTS ARE ALWAYS SATISFIED.
Thomas, Montreal area booker.
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