Like many Jamaican musicians impacted by COVID-19, Jamaican saxophonist Conrad Pinnock has discovered a brand new market inside the Jamaican diaspora in South Florida.
After learning on the Edna Manley Faculty of the Arts in Kingston, Pinnock performed with a various array of reggae artists together with the Fab 5 band, Thelonious Monk and Toots & The Maytals. He additionally contributed music to Received To Be Robust, the Grammy-nominated challenge by Toots & The Maytals.
Earlier than COVID-19, the musician additionally toured with reggae singers, Beres Hammond and Romaine Virgo. However the pandemic has put a pause on most leisure occasions, particularly within the Caribbean the place authorities leaders have been hesitant to reopen their respective leisure industries.
Pinnock stated the circumstances gave him the chance to discover the digital stay music house, regardless of his reservations.
“I’m probably not snug with digital occasions. I’ve performed possibly three or 4 since COVID. However it’s a must to regulate to it as a result of that’s the brand new regular,” he stated in an interview with CNW Community.
After lacking out on stay occasions, Pinnock and his spouse, Samantha moved to South Florida, the area with the best focus of Caribbean nationals in Florida. There, Pinnock has discovered a brand new marketplace for his abilities, working with the favored Visions Band and different native entities. He hopes to turn into as well-known within the area as he’s in Jamaica.
“I’m already well-known in Jamaica due to the musicians that I’ve labored with. I’m attempting to deliver that very same power to South Florida and actually push for individuals to get to know me right here,” he stated.
The couple selected to maneuver to South Florida due to the area’s hyper-relaxed environment. Its shut proximity to Jamaica additionally means it’s simpler to journey backwards and forwards for occasions.
“I’ve a digital occasion for Beres Hammond in mid-February so I’ll be going to Jamaica quickly. It was initially deliberate for final 12 months however due to the lockdown and restrictions, it stored getting postponed.”
Like different Jamaican musicians, he says he hopes that the Jamaican authorities can reopen the leisure trade quickly. Nevertheless, with COVID-19 circumstances on the rise on the island, he admits it’s a tough determination.
Conrad Pinnock says his final objective is to ascertain himself as a stand-alone saxophonist throughout the diaspora. He says that after security protocols are in place, he’s open to performing for Jamaicans in South Florida.