Winston Jarrett was born in 1944 in Lime Tree Gardens in the parish of Saint Ann and moved at age five to the notorious Jonestown section of Kingston's notorious western slum, Trenchtown. By the early sixties, Winston was living on Fourth Street in a yard shared by Alton Ellis, who with Eddie Perkins had recorded many sides for Sir Coxsone during the earliest years of the Jamaican music business. When Eddie left for America circa 1965, Alton recruited Winston Jarrett and Eggar Gordon (Baby Gee) to form a new harmony group, Alton & The Flames. After several months of intense practice, they auditioned at Duke Reid's studio and won the enthusiastic endorsement of Leroy 'Cuttings' Cole, Reid's number one selector. They were soon recording a series of classic rock steady anthems, and went on to score an extraordinary number of chart hits with songs like 'Cry Tough,' 'Dance Crasher,' 'The Preacher' (a Jarrett composition), and 'I Have Got A Date.'
After recording nearly forty tunes for Duke Reid, the group was lured away by Sir Coxsone who produced 'I'm Still In Love' and other hits. In 1969, Alton toured England and decided to move there. With Alton's departure, Winston reformed the group as The Righteous Flames with harmony from Baby Gee. They recorded six songs including 'Gimme Some Sign' for Prince Buster, before moving back to Coxsone's Studio One where they cut classics like 'Ease Up,' 'You Don't Know,' and 'Born To Be Loved.' The Studio One sides were issued in Jamaica as the Righteous Flames, but were released in England under the name Righteous Holmes. Winston continued to work for Coxsone throughout the seventies recording nearly fifty titles. In addition to dozens of solo recordings, Winston backed up vocalists like Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths and Winston Francis.
Wadi Gad has been a drummer in the reggae scene for decades and has backed up artists such as Horace Andy, Big Youth , John Holt, and U-Roy to name a few. He is also a singer himself and has recorded an solid album entitled "New Day" that brings a spiritual message to all listeners.
9 pm / $10 / 21+
Added by ccruse on January 6, 2006