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Caribbean

Published on October 31st, 2015 | by Peter Ray Blood Trinidad Guardian Newspapers

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Redon takes the Spotlight

Douglas “Dougie” Redon is described as “a versatile Caribbean musician from the twin island republic of T&T.” Born in Dere Street, Port-of-Spain, Redon grew up on Lucknow Street, St James, but defines himself as “a bona fide Woodbrook man.” Redon’s musical career spans three decades, beginning as a member of the Phase II Pan Groove Steel Orchestra in 1975 under the musical direction of Len “Boogsie” Sharpe.

The Scorpio-born musician had his schooling at Newtown Boys’ and St Dominic’s Savoi Boys’ School in Belmont. From a child, Redon had a love for music and said: “As a boy I had a cuatro but used to end up playing bass lines, accompanying my elder brother who dabbled with chords. In Phase II, I was influenced to learn the bass by bassists like Andy Phillips. I was also heavily influenced musically by Boogsie’s style of arranging; by his spontaneous manner of relating to music. Everything Boogsie does is so perfect. Even if he makes a mistake, it is correct.”

Redon is a not a meat-eater and his preference remains seafood, with some “blue food.” His introduction to steelpan began with the double tenors, eventually finding his forte on the double second pan. Almost simultaneously he began playing the electric bass guitar, and from 1985 to 2003 he was resident bassist with the popular group Andre Tanker and One World Contraband.  He has performed extensively both on the bass guitar and pan at festivals and concerts. These performances include C’mac, Vieux Forte and Jazz a la Plantation festivals in Martinique, Jazz Plaza in Cuba, The Green Moon Festival in San Andres, Colombia and jazz festivals in Antigua, Barbados, St Lucia and Grenada.  Redon has accompanied many internationally renowned performers, including Sharpe, Robert Greenidge, Clive Zanda, Vaughnette Bigford, Patti Rogers, Caroline Mair, Etienne Charles, Gene Lawrence, Toby Tobas, Rudy Smith, Theron Shaw, Annise Hadeed, Liam Teague, Chantal Esdelle, Ruth Osman, Michael Bootman, Ella Andall, Arturo Tappin, Danish saxophonist Holger Laumann, Ernest Ranglin, TK Blue with Randy Weston, Ken Philmore and Andy Narrell.

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