Pinoy Jazz Legends—Still Timeless!

July 9, 2009 § Leave a comment

I never fail to watch ShopTalk, the show of my friend and colleague, Pia Hontiveros-Pagkalinawan. We once covered the defense beat together. Shoptalk airs over at ANC, every Monday to Friday, 3-4pm.

Anyway, what impressed me was the chance to listen to timeless standards sang by the country’s top jazz legends. Pia invited Richard Merk, Jacqui Magno and Pat Castillo, all Filipino Jazz legends. And you know what? They’re terrific! They sang some jazz standards, and boy, they’re really amazing.

Merk is truly a very gifted singer, very creative and timeless. Jacqui Magno sang those songs with amazing range and sensibility while Pat Castillo is still the epitome of grace and very beautiful voice. You should have watched them perform. They electrified my television screen. I was not able to tape it but if ShopTalk would give me a copy, I’ll pay for it.

I don’t know why they don’t have a show together over at ANC. It’s time for them to really show us their gifts once more. They really their viewers a very nice feeling. We need a show hosted by them. They’re still amazing. Merk is still wickedly witty, and pure talent. Jacqui is still her bubbly self while Pat remained prim and proper. It’s a pity no producer want to gamble a TV show for them. If I have money, I want to produce their TV show, something like of a talk show musical.

One of these days, I’ll go and watch their show over at Merk Bar and Bistro. I don’t know where it is but, I’ll look for it. Thanks to ShopTalk for giving us an hour of fun and a great show.


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