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Caribbean Music Institute Orchestra (CMIO)
20 Piece Local Orchestra

Celebrating the life and work of Sarah Vaughn

Under the Direction of Melvin Jones

Featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater

Saturday, May 25, 2024



Courtyard opens with meals for sale by Chef Nibbs & Chef Cory of Barefoot Buddha.


Start of the concert

The VI lottery Presents VIPACC

Virgin Islands Performing Arts Cultural Connection

A collaboration between:

The Forum, Inc, CMCArts,, St. John School of the Arts & United Jazz Foundation.

The Artists

Caribbean Music Institute Orchestra

is a powerhouse of Musical History, presenting the 18 to 22-piece US Virgin Islands Based Orchestra consisting of different generations of Virgin Islands musical talent. 

CMIO is a statement of innovation to preserve and sustain the US Virgin Islands' musical and cultural heritage by enabling its members to become culture bearers by sharing their knowledge through performances within their environment alongside the World's community.

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And proudly supported by the Virgin Islands Lottery as part of their Community Enrichment programming by creating
"A Wave of Opportunities"

Ticket Pricing

Adults - $25   Students - $10   Children under 12 - Free of charge

7:00pm - Courtyard open with small meals by Chef Nibbs & Barefoot Budha

8:00pm - Start of the concert

Venue: The Prior-Jollek Hall, Antilles School Campus, St. Thomas USVI

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SET I - Dion Parson & 21st Century Band, Ft. Dee Dee Bridgewater

Melvin Jones - Trumpet, Ron Blake - Saxophone, Victor Provost - Steel Pan, Uriel Rogers - Bass, Dion Parson - Drums, Alioune Faye - Percussion/Sabar

1. It Can Happen to You - by Jimmy Van Heusen


2. Calypso Bayou - by Dion Parson


3. All of Me - by Mark Simonds - Ft. Dee Dee Bridgewater


4. Tenderly - by Lawrence Gross - Ft. Dee Dee Bridgewater


5. Knights at the Round Table - by Dion Parson


SET II - Caribbean Music Institute Orchestra - Ft. Dee Dee Bridgewater


1. Whisper Not by Benny Golson


2. I Remember Clifford - by Benny Golson, ft. DJ Parson


3. Pan In Harmony - by Aldwin Roberts arr. by Victor Provost adapted by Andrew Wegierski


4. Misty - by Errol Garner - Ft. Dee Dee Bridgewater


5. Fine and Mellow - by Billie Holiday arr by Cecile Bridgewater, ft. Dee Dee Bridgewater


6. Good Morning Heartache - by Irene Higginbotham, Ervin Drake, and Dan Fisher, arr by Cecile Bridgewater and Edsel Gomez, ft. Dee Dee Bridgewater


7. Them there Eyes - by Maceo Pinkard, Doris Tauber, and William Tracey, arr by Edsel Gomez and Cecil Bridgewater, ft. Dee Dee Bridgewater


8. God Bless the Child - by Billie Holiday, arr by Cecil Bridgewater, ft. Dee Dee Bridgewater


9. St. Thomas - by Sonny Rollins, arr by Dion Parson and Melvin Jones

ENCORE - What a Wonderful World

by Bob Thiele (as "George Douglas"), George David Weiss, ft. Melvin Jones

More information

Musical Director Melvin Jones 

Hailing from the "Home of the Blues" Memphis, Tennessee, Melvin Jones' first professional recording opportunity came in 1998 while attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He earned his first two (2) Grammy Awards (and many more followed) by appearing on TLC's triple platinum hit album "Fanmail," notably on their smash hit "No Scrubs." Since then, Melvin has toured, recorded, and performed extensively around the World with such artists as PJ Morton, Patti Labelle, Illinois Jacquet, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Jason Marsalis, Jennifer Holliday, Stevie Wonder, Arrested Development, Young Jeezy, Marcus Roberts, The Anointed Pace Sisters, Missy Elliott, Johnny Gill, the Pussycat Dolls, Steve Turre, Gladys Knight, and over the last years with Tylor Perry and Usher, and the list goes on and on.

Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater

Triple Grammy® Winner. Tony® Winner. Producer. ASCAP Champion. NEA Jazz Master. Memphis Music Hall of Fame Inductee. Record Label Founder. Doris Duke Artist Awardee. Vocalist. Jazz Legend. Educator. Activist. 


Global Icon... As a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Dee Dee Bridgewater continues to appeal for international solidarity to finance global grassroots projects in the fight against world hunger. In 2018, she received the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award. 2019 brought her induction in the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in recognition of her contributions to music and in celebration of her latest CD, Memphis, Yes...I'm Ready.



Good Time Brass

Bring together one of the most awesome collections of touring musicians in the world and what do you have: 

The Good Times Horns! Undoubtedly, you have seen these gentlemen performing individually with some of the biggest names in the music industry from Usher, Mary J Blige, Jill Scott, Anita Baker and Tyler Perry to New Edition, Patti LaBelle and Ne-Yo, and now they have combined their immense talents to form a group that is sure to get you up on your feet with high quality musicianship, infectious rhythm and FUN. Featured members are Melvin Jones (trumpet), Wilbert Williams (trombone), and Mike Burton (sax).


Caribbean Music Institute Orchestra Members:

Melvin Jones - Trumpet (Musical Director)

Dee Dee Bridgewater - Vocals (Special Guest)


Saxophone Section

Brian Hogans - Alto Sax

Sherwin Williams  - Alto Sax

Ron Blake - Tenor Sax

She’coy Jones - Tenor Sax

JahQuan Richards - Bari Sax

Trombone Section

Wilbert Williams - Trombone

Orel Lee - Trombone 

Reginald Cyntje - Trombone

Brandon Reburn - Trombone

Trumpet Section

Nathaniel Williford - Trumpet

Lee Hogans - Trumpet

Keyshawn Hardy - Trumpet

DJ Parson - Trumpet

Rhythm Section

Carlton Holmes - Piano

Uriel Rogers - Bass

Dion Parson - Drums

Victor Provost - Steel Pan

Alioune Faye - Percussion/Sabar Drums



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