Arturo Tappin

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“I have been using Légère reeds for a few years now and they have solved all my problems. The sound is crystal clear, accurate and dependable. No longer do I have to buy a box of ten and only one works. Every Légère reed is consistent and always ready to blow right away, and they can last for months.

Humidity and warped reeds? Solved! This is never an issue with Légère.” – Arturo

Arturo is definitely the smoothest, saxiest horn man the Caribbean has to offer. His dynamic and spirited live performances have won him fans the world over.

He described 2015 as his best year ever. After forming his new band (#ArturoTappinBand), comprised of the best young talented singers and musicians coming out of Barbados, they have developed a show that has taken them to every major festival and it continues through 2016.

Arturo played for the launch of the St. Lucia Jazz and Arts festival and will be headlining the Tobago Jazz Experience and has been booked for the Scotland Fringe Festival, to mention a few.

He first made headway with his debut recording “Strictly Roots Jazz” and then immediately followed up with a stellar performance on his second album entitled, "Java", both licensed by Pioneer Records in Japan. For his cultural contributions to Jamaica and the Caribbean on the whole, Arturo received a nationally acclaimed Award of Excellence in the Arts from former Jamaican Prime Minister PJ Patterson.

Tappin has dazzled audiences at the Soho Jazz Festival, the Bob Marley Birthday Bash and Reggae Sunsplash, as well as headlining Jazz Festivals throughout the Caribbean. He has performed with the legendary Roberta Flack Hard Bop Trumpeter Red Rodney, Grammy Award winning drummer Roy Haynes, Reggae Super Star Maxi Priest, R & B chart topper Anita Baker, Jamaican Jazz pianist and Guitarist Monty Alexander and Ernest Ranglin, South African Jazz Legend Hugh Masekela, Smooth Jazz crooner Will Downing and R & B singer Freddie Jackson. 

Besides touring, Arturo has served as the Musical Director for Eddy Grant and has recorded with Grammy recipients Laylah Hathaway, Ralph MacDonald, and the late great Luther Vandross.
Arturo has had the privilege of playing for two American Presidents. President Bill Clinton at the Governor General's residence in Barbados, and recently at the Fifth Summitt of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobabago for President Barack Obama. He has also performed for Cuba's President Fidel Castro, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and (at Duke of Edinburgh Black Tie Dinner) for Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Viscount Severn.

His CD “INSIDE OUT” conjures up feelings of pleasure and intrigue. The album features ten original compositions, all of which exquisitely display a superb blend of mesmerizing melodies and deliciously deep penetrating grooves, encouraging the listener to hold on with anticipation. “Mia Amor”, “Smell your Own Finger” and “Life” are just a few of the originals included on the album that demonstrate his natural musical dexterity. “INSIDE OUT” also includes brilliantly crafted covers of “Unfaithful” and “Tempted to Touch” originally recorded by fellow Barbadians Rihanna and Rupee, testimony of Arturo’s reverence to his homeland.

“Hello” is the title of his latest cd made up of Soca sax remixes of crop over hits which was produced along with Song Writer/Producer/Steel Panist Terry “Mexican” Arthur and Engineer/Producer Deepu Panjwani.

When asked what his future plans are in music, he simply responded, “Listen, practice, play, record and continue to mentor the next generation of young musicians.”