Veteran saxophonist Dean Fraser, has been featured on hundreds of recordings since the 1970s. He played on the Joe Gibbs-produced album, Visions of Dennis Brown. He became a senior member of Brown’s band, touring Europe and North America and playing major events like the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Fraser also played on hit songs such as Ambush in The Night and Wake up And Live (Bob Marley); Johnny B Goode (Peter Tosh); Lift up Your Head (Everton Blender); She’s Royal (Tarrus Riley) and That Thing by Lauryn Hill. He was a member of the 809 Band, an all-star aggregation that backed acts like Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers. The sax player is also the creative musical director for reggae singer Tarrus Riley.
In addition to Fraser, singers Johnny Clarke and Cornel Campbell, deejay/coach Glendon “Admiral” Bailey, and veteran journalist Robin “Jerry” Small were among this year’s recipients. Bailey and Campbell were unavoidably absent from the presentation.
Previous recipients of the Bob Marley One Love Award include Beres Hammond, Sly and Robbie, Freddie McGregor, Gregory Isaacs, King Jammys, Papa Michigan (formerly of Michigan and Smiley) and Dawn Penn.