Narell has been a pioneer of the steel pan drum in contemporary
music. On March 7, he will join the members of the Steel Band at
The University of Southern Mississippi in concert at 2:30 p.m. in
the Mannoni Performing Arts Center auditorium.
Southern Miss Steel Band, under the direction of Dr. John Wooton,
will perform several of Narell's famous compositions with the guest
artist performing as soloist.
is, without question, the most recorded steel pan player in the
world," said Wooton. "His playing is mesmerizing, virtuosic,
and haunting. Anyone who knows anything about steel drums knows
about Andy Narell."
works like "Coffee Street," "Appreciation,"
and "Play One for Keith" will be featured on the program.
The virtuoso will perform on several steel pans, including lead
pan, double seconds, and guitar pans.
As an added
dimension to the afternoon of laid-back musical bliss, Wooton's
own professional Caribbean jazz band KAISO! will be part of the
concert's bill of fare and perform selected numbers with Narell.
has never met Narell personally, he credits Narell for being the
motivating force in his own interest in playing steel pans. Wooton's
closest contact with the famous drummer came through Narell's brother,
Jeff, who played with the Southern Miss Steel Band several years
really a chance of a lifetime to perform with the person who is
the biggest name in the steel band world," Wooton said. "The
students are very excited and have been quite impressed with the
beauty of Narell's music that we have been rehearsing. I must admit
there are some of my students who don't know Narell and his music.
But, I tell them that after this concert, they will know Andy Narell.
I think it unlikely that our audience members will soon forget him
A native of
New York, Narell has spent more than two decades developing his
global reputation. His multicultural style embraces a range of Afro-Caribbean,
Latin jazz and pop traditions. He's one of only a small handful
of steel pan players in the world who are playing jazz, and perhaps
the only one among the jazz elite to dedicate a majority of his
career to creating new jazz music for the steel pan.
recorded 10 solo albums and two more as co-leader of the Caribbean
Jazz Project (with Paquito D'Rivera and Dave Samuels). He has performed
on movie scores, and his compositions have been featured in films
such as The Firm and television shows like Designing Women and Going
to Extremes. He also has dabbled in advertising music for Apple
Computers, Sony, Porsche, and Southwestern Bell.
the concert are $15 for adults and $10 for students, senior citizens
and children under 12. For tickets, call the Southern Miss Ticket
Office at (601) 266-5418 or 800-844-8425, or order online at www.usm.edu/tickets.
For more information, call the Southern Miss percussion studio at