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Special Guests

Jason Wilson's music tempted diva recording artists and grammy winners such as Amanda Marshall and Alanis Morissette. Messenjah, Willie Williams, Freddie McGregor, Jackie Mittoo, Ernest Ranglin, Percy Sledge, Dave Wakeling and Bob Andy amongst others, acknowledged his talent and these world musicians graced the musical and recording stage with Jason as brilliant compliments.


Jackie Mittoo
(Pianist / Organist)

Alanis Morissette
(Vocals)

Michael Virtue
(Keyboards)

Willie Williams
(Vocals)

Percy Sledge
(Vocals)

Amanda Marshall
(Vocals)

Hopeton Lewis
(Vocals)

Ernest Ranglin
(Guitar)

Musical Sniper
(Vocals)

Eric 'Monty' Morris
(Vocals)

Bob Andy
(Vocals)

The Mighty Sparrow
(Vocals)
 


Jackie Mittoo (Pianist / Organist)
One of the original members of the Skatalittes who settled in Canada before his death in December 1990. Mittoo's famous rhythm tracks, including 'Ram Jam', have survived as some the most used backing tracks for numerous reggae artists over the years. Mittoo also recorded and performed with UB40, The Toronto Symphony and was largely responsible for the success of Britain's 'Musical Youth' in the 1980s. Mittoo helped Wilson to record the original Tabarruk 4-song demo and actually performed on one track 'Angel'. This may have been Mittoo last recorded performance. Jason Wilson and Tabarruk took part in two memorials in honour of Mittoo, one in Toronto at the Bamboo Club along with Willie Williams and Leroy Sibbles, and one at the Brixton Academy in London along with UB40, The Studio One Band, Frankie Paul and many others.


Alanis Morissette (Vocals)
Jason wrote, recorded and released Tabarruk's six-song debut CD in 1994. This self-titled mini-CD featured a duet by Jason and Alanis Morissette (yes, Canada's twice Grammy winner), singing I Have Faith during the early years of their musical careers. It's doubtful one will ever again have the opportunity to hear Alanis Morissette singing reggae!


Michael Virtue (Keyboard player with UB40)
UB40 contacted Tabarruk to open for them for their 1990 Canadian performances and in London at The Brixton Academy in 1992. Tabarruk continued as their opening support during the 1992 tour. In July, 1999, Tabarruk, honored by yet another invitation, opened for UB40 during this sold-out performance at The Warehouse. Tabarruk and UB40 fans alike packed this famous Toronto venue. As Tabarruk's "fever-pitch" performance readied the platform, UB40 fans satisfied a long-awaited appetite as Tabarruk served up their appetizer, performing UB40's Sardonicus.
The fans' thirst for UB40's long-anticipated return to Toronto during their 1999 North American tour was about to be quenched.
UB40, stunned by Tabarruk's superb performance, inspired Michael Virtue to grace Tabarruk's latest album, offering to lend his remarkable keyboard talent's to several tracks on Jonah.