Living reggae legend Beres Hammond, made his US late night debut when he performed last night (Dec. 11th) on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Accompanied by The Roots, Hammond performed classics “What One Dance Can Do” and “Double Trouble” as well as the title track to his latest album One Love One Life.
Large Up tv, gave us a behind the scenes glimpse of the experience from Beres view as well as three very proud and excited Jamaican members of The Roots.
Here are some excerpts:
Beres on his late night debut
It was lovely I really did enjoy that new experience.
Beres on working with The Roots
This might have been the first in about 15 years that I’ve worked outside of my personal band ; and they’re wonderful- easy to get along with , easy to learn songs… they are really a fine set of musicians and I say thanks to them everytime.
“Captain” Kirk Douglas (The Roots guitarist) on working with Beres
We’ve played with many different artists: Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon; for Beres to come here today, he’s like our Bruce Springstee for the two Jamaicans in the crew. We were looking forward to this day for a long time.
Frank Knuckles (The Roots percussionist)
It’s truly an honor for me being from the country of Jamaica. From Kingston, Barbican road to be exact. To have Mr. Beres Hammond on this special stage for the world to see, for late night to see. It’s truly an honor, truly an amazing opportunity to have him here and to be a part of such a special occasion.”
James Poyser (The Roots Keyboardist/music producer)
Hi voice pretty much is the backdrop for a lot of moments that have happened in my life.
Also on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night was actress Anne Hathaway, comedian Robert Smigel, Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters and rapper Macklemore.
Tonight Beres performs at the highly anticipated “Sounds of Reggae” concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Pic from Large Up