Leslie ”Lucky” Samaroo is a Trinidadian entrepreneur who turned his passion for music into a business. He started up his own pressing plant, International Recording Co. Ltd, which was key to creating an independent record industry in Trinidad. His other ventures included a record label called Tropico and later an airline called Carribean United Airlines. …
Dusko Gojkovic has a name that has provided him with many different identities over the years. He was born in 1931 in what is now Bosnia and Herzegovina but has spent most of his life in Munich, Germany. He became a professional trumpet-player at a very young age and was one of the first people to create the sounds we now know as Balkan Jazz. His resume of songs speaks for itself. Here is an interview with a man who has been a staple in European Jazz for many, many years
Clarence Curvan (1939), percussionist, bandleader and a household name when it comes to Trinidadian music. Mr. Curvan was instrumental in fusing jazz and calypso, he backed several American artists with his orchestra and has toured extensively throughout the Caribbean. He is still involved in the Carnival in Trinidad. One dollar brought him into the business and his love for music made him stay.
Rex Garvin was the leader of the Mighty Cravers. He was born in Harlem in 1940 and raised by foster parents in a religious family. When he was just 8 years old, his mother, Magareth Garvin, arranged for him to take piano lessons. He began writing music when he was 15 and got involved with Zelma Sanders, her myriad of labels as well as her group The Hearts. An experience on the night of December 28th 1985 made him stop craving music and he hasn’t played since.