Born in London, Cameron was raised on the Caribbean island of Dominica. Like most of his peers, Cameron’s early musical influences were Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff, and a host of artists from that era of popular Jamaican music and Stevie Wonder. At sixteen he taught himself to play the guitar, and it was within the reggae genre that he first established himself, working with Jamaican artists including Barrington, Levy, Al Campbell, Wayne Marshall, Dennis Brown, among others. Then came the discovery of George Benson and Charlie Christian, and through them, Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. Since then Cameron has gone on to work with Pee Wee Ellis, Orphy Robinson, Alex Wilson, Jazz Jamaica, Dennis Rollins, Ormar Puente, Junior Walker, Joe Cocker, and numerous others.
As his own musical direction veered towards jazz, he remained in demand on the Calypso, and reggae circuit. A stalwart of the British jazz scene since the 80s, he was invited by renowned British saxophonist Courtney Pine to join his band and has since become an integral part of the group both as a recording and live artist.
Alongside Courtney’s band, in 1994 Cameron formed ‘Creole’, a multi-cultural melange of musicians from Africa, Haiti, Cuba and the Caribbean, enjoying wide critical acclaim for their performances at the Glastonbury and Womad Festivals.
In 1997, Cameron released the first of his five solo albums, Friday Night, to wide critical acclaim. In 2003 he also released The Other Side of Notting Hill, a body of work which was to help cement his reputation as a guitarist/composer par excellence. As a follow up to the acclaimed 2007 release “Pad up” his 2011 release, “Radio Jumbo” saw Cameron teaming up with French virtuoso pianist Mario Canonge for his second release on the Destin-e Label. Radio Jumbo is a mix of French Antillean rhythms and influences fused against a backdrop of jazz interpretation and also featured vocal contributions by Michele Henderson and Dave Joseph.
Cameron’s guitar style has dazzled many a jazz fan, and he has received glowing reviews from all over the world for his warm, dexterous sound and his self-deprecating and engaging stage presence”
Cameron fist performed at Jazz ‘n Creole in 2012.
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Breve was pleasantly surprised when “Embrace Dominica” called them “without question, the stars of this year’s (2015) Jazz and Creole Fringe Events…this locale ensemble of exceptionally talented musicians essentially covering all six events and killed it every time.”
The band was started by best friends, jazz/gospel bassist Gomez Drigo and Caribbean/Soul fusion drummer/composer Kenrick Lawrence. The pair soon recruited Finnish “wind instrument guru”, award winning saxophonist Jussi Paavola.
Jussi and Gomez’s love for jazz and improvisation and Kenrick’s proficiency in Caribbean polyrhythms and soul fusion melded together to form and extremely unique sound.
When young guitar prodigy Marxian Smith and singer/songwriter Jade Leatham joined the trio everything clicked and the Breve sound was born and the band began recording original music. From the first song writing session, which gave birth to local hit “Leve Encore”, the band knew that they were creating something special. Jazz melodies flowed onto Caribbean beats, accented by Marxian’s unique melodious guitar licks and Jade’s rich contralto tone gave the music a style that Kenrick dubbed “Kubuli Jazz”. The addition of Jade to the band definitely made Breve’s sound more contemporary and to complement Jade’s pop tone the band added the final member, keyboardist Leon St. Jean. The addition of his synth tones and warm pads provided the finishing touches to Breve’s signature style that Jade describes as a “hybrid sound; Pop music that is very international but undeniably West-Indian.”
Inside the band house at Gomez’s residence, the band’s excitement for what they were creating was palpable but they didn’t anticipate the enthusiasm of the public for their music. After performing at World Creole Music Festival 2014, Jazz and Creole Mainstage 2014, Nature Isle Literary Festival, Nature Isle Food and Drink Festival and Jazz and Creole Fringe Events in 2015 the fan base has grown exponentially and at their weekly performance at Anchorage’s Word, Sound and Power event they are humbled and gratified at hearing the audience sing along to “Way Oh”, “Welcome to my Island” and crowd favorite “Party Weekend”.
Although they are pleased with the local response and growing popularity , the band has their sights on making Breve a household name in the Caribbean and ultimately in the international music scene, putting Dominica on the map.
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