Pianist Sang honoured at Seven44 Sunday Jam

By Quinton J. Hobson

Herman Sang works a different kind of keyboard than his usual instrument, the piano.
Herman Sang works a different kind of keyboard than his usual instrument, the piano.

Renowned pianist Herman Sang is to be honoured at Seven44 Restaurant & Lounge where Sunday Jam: The Tribute Edition is scheduled to take place.

Jamaica-born Sang is best remembered as one of the four founding members of the popular Jiving Juniors, “one of the most popular vocal ensembles of the Jamaican R&B period” as determined by AllMusic critic David Colon.

Sang’s signature piano playing has been deemed “indispensable” when it comes to the success of the group, who scored the chart-topping hits Lollipop Girl, Over the River and Sugar Dandy during the prime of their career.

Sang would eventually go on to form his own band, Hersang and the City Slickers, who experienced similar success.

Marketed as “an amazing night of ska and rocksteady pioneers,” Sunday Jam: The Tribute Edition is pegged to feature a star-studded setlist, each there to pay tribute to Sang, including former bandmate Derrick Harriott, alongside whom Sang founded the Jiving Juniors; singer and bassist Boris Gardiner; vocal duo Roy Panton & Yvonne Harrison and keyboardist Lloyd Delpratt.

Juno Award-winning musician Jay Douglas and his band the All Stars are also set to perform.

Beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday (March 15) at Seven44 Restaurant & Lounge, the evening is to be hosted by CHRY-FM’s Danae Peart. The restaurant is at 744 Mt. Pleasant Rd., just south of Eglinton Ave. E.

Tickets are $40 in advance; $50 at the door. Contact sandra.whiting@bell.net or 416-573-1375 for tickets.