With drummer Dion Parson, saxophonist Ron Blake, trumpeter Melvin Jones, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, bassist Kenny Davis, pianist Carlton Holmes, steel pan player Victor Provost, and percussion and sabar drum player Aioune Faye
GRAMMY® Award-winning drummer and composer Dion Parson has put together a powerhouse ensemble comprised of some of the world’s finest musicians. Together with saxophonist Ron Blake (of the legendary Saturday Night Live Band), Parson formed 21st Century Band in 1998 to showcase the music of the U.S. Virgin Islands. It has since developed an innovative sound that mixes Virgin Islands traditions, such as Quelbe, and Caribbean infusions, like reggae, calypso, soca, mento, ska, zouk, steel pan, chutney, and funk, with New Orleans and African overtones. This popular group sells out Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola every year, and we’re excited to have them back for three nights during Caribbean Heritage Month.