The Band

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Band Members - Profiles
Karl Doyle - Drums
Jabari Fraser - Bass Guitar

Mikhail Salcedo - Steelpan
John Hussain - Electric Guitar

(L to R) Karl Doyle, Mikhail Salcedo, John Hussain, Jabari Fraser

Anthony Woodroffe Jr. - Saxophones and Flute
Simon Mendoza - Piano/Keyboard
Modupe Onilu - Congas and Percussion

Band History 

Blue Culture was formed in December 2002, as a local jazz and calypso band, featuring five young musicians from Trinidad – Anthony Woodroffe Jr. on Saxophone and Flute, Candace Moore on Piano, Derron Ellies on Steelpan, Shem Brewster on Bass Guitar and Band Leader, Karl Doyle on Drums.

The band met regularly and worked on original compositions as well as developed arrangements for both local and international pop-covers and jazz standards including, André Tanker's Sayamanda, Lord Kitchener's Pan in A-Minor, Chuck Mangione's Feels So Good. Mas Que Nada by Sérgio Mendes with Brasil '66, and George Gershwin's Summertime were also part of the repertoire.

S.T. Jazz Inc.'s, Sean Thomas, approached Doyle to invite the band to perform at S.T. Jazz Inc.'s Jazz On the Avenue, Friday 9th May, 2003 at the Veni Mangé Restaurant. The band, featuring Trinidadian-born singer, Corinne Gray, played to a packed house and recieved thunderous applause and a request for an encore after playing their first original composition, "My Wakeup Call". Although words of encouragement came from the band members' respective families as well as from jazz enthusiasts present at the show, as quickly as June 2003 approached, commitments to school and work came in the way of the band, causing rehearsals to cease, almost making the Blue Culture, defunct.

Doyle and Ellies began reading in September of that year, for the Bachelor in Visual Arts -Special, and the Certificate in Music respectively at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine. While at the UWI Centre for Creative and Festival Arts (CCFA), they met regularly at the CCFA's music room and continued their work and exchange of ideas. Moore (Psychology), and Brewster (Music), already heavily engrossed in their second year of study at the same university, were regrettably unable to continue with the band. Woodroffe, a Trinidad and Tobago Music Festival Hall of Fame inductee, at the time of pursuing Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualifications, continued working with various otherl musical groups including The Brass Institute of Trinidad & Tobago, The National Youth Orchestra, Venezuelan-Trinidadian Latin Band Fuego Latino, and Sheldon Blackman and the Musical Warriors. At this time, Ellies regularly performed with the very popular local Parang group, Los Tocadores and a number of local, medium and small pan groups including the St. James Tripolians and the Curepe Moods Steel Orchestra. Doyle, while reading for his BA in Visual Arts - Special, was the drummer for local steelpan composer and arranger, Ray Holman in his band, Ray Holman and Friends, The Brass Institute of Trinidad & Tobago, Fuego Latino, Sheldon Blackman and the Musical Warriors, and The Kwame Lewis Senior Band.

In 2005, Doyle, Ellies and Woodroffe met as a send-off for Woodroffe who was bound for Leeds, UK, to begin reading for his Bachelor's in Music. The celebration was marked with a small concert featuring friends and family of Blue Culture:

Reynold Woodroffe, Bass Guitar (older brother of Anthony Woodroffe Jr.),
Johanna Chuckaree, Keyboard
David Bertrand, Flute and Bass Guitar
Kevin Juman, Guitar
Astar Bishop, Steelpan and Drums
Enrico Camejo, Guitar
Sean Thomas, Steelpan and Drums
Sheldon Blackman, Guitar and Djembe Drum
Shabaka Kambon, Djembe Drum and Poetry
The event was well attended.
In 2007, the third incarnation of the band featured new yet familiar members; Reynold Woodroffe, Astar Bishop, and Venezuelan-born Pianist/Keyboardist, Simon Mendoza. The three joined Doyle, Ellies and Woodroffe in a 'makeshift-studio' session, recorded by Cuatro-player and Electronic Music Sequencing DJ, Robert Persaud.

The band has had the opportunity to perform with singers, Timothy Newton from Barbados, and Caroline Mair from Trinidad and Tobago.

Doyle testifies that, "The Band gives us an opportunity to not only express our feelings, but to also demonstrate or explain to others, our ideas and methods of approach to music, in rhythm, melody and lyrics."