The Tobago-born singer Sharon Phillips took a large vociferous audience through a full gamut of human emotions

during a highly entertaining hour-long sunset set, when Jazz returned for the first time to the North Coast after a 2-year pandemic-forced lay off.

The North Coast Jazz was held at the Blanchisseuse recreation ground,on Saturday 29 May, in Upper Village Blanchisseuse. The Mason Hall-based vocalist trotted on stage just after 6 p.m. in a glittering form-fitting silver bodysuit and blue wig, telling her fully engaged audience that she was showing off her “250-squats-a-day-good-okra-and-steam-fish body”.

The charismatic alto’s vocal delivery and timing was flawless. With the audience drawing closer to the stage front, to further eat out of her hands, she served up a pore-raising rendition of the James Brown classic “It’s Man’s Man’s World”, an Ella Fitzgerald melody and Fireflights “White Horse”.

Earlier Michelle Sylvester called for divine blessings over the evening’s proceedings when she opened the show with her gospel hit “Safe on the Inside”. The soca star cum gospel act shared her stage first with vocalist Ruel Lynch on “Good Friends” and Mista Vybe (Patrick Gordon) “Always on My Mind”, before debuted her upcoming release “Carried Away.

The first ever Groovy Soca Monarch winner (2005) closed her set with Lord Nelson’s (Robert Nelson)

“Family” on an evening dedicated to the iconic 90-year-old bard. 

Express photographer JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK attended the event and captured these images.