RONALD "BOO" HINKSON
Ronald “Boo” Hinkson’s talent transcends cultures and sounds, bringing a fresh and innovative blend of jazz and Caribbean music. A gifted composer, producer, and heralded guitarist, Boo’s unique approach and versatility enable him to deliver a distinctive signature sound.
Born in Saint Lucia and raised on a diet of Ellington, Davis, and Coltrane, Boo’s name is synonymous with Saint Lucian music. His mother – who was also an accomplished guitarist – was his first teacher. His musical career began with the Tru-Tones, a group he started in Saint Lucia, which commanded stages locally and internationally for two decades. So much so in fact, that their eclectic blends of Caribbean and pop rhythms garnered them an appearance at Superbowl XIII. Today, he is an exceptionally accomplished musician who has stayed true not only to his Jazz roots, but also to his West Indian culture. Boo couples his appreciation of the old masters with Contemporary Jazz and Soca in his music and lyrics, and as a result his popularity has continued to spread.
With a performance track record that includes international stages from the Caribbean to the U.S. and Europe, Boo has shared the stage with scores of musical greats including Al Jarreau, India Arie, Earl Klugh, George Benson and Grover Washington. He was recently featured at a state function for former President Bill Clinton. His music has been showcased on the day-time television show “One Life to Live”. BBC, BET Jazz, and Bravo TV have also aired his live performances. Has written several songs for Gramm
Stanley Jordan describes Boo “as a genuinely gifted and accomplished musician”. George Benson praises his technical prowess and improvisation. Ronnie Laws has described his playing as “extremely soulful and intense”. Frequently compared to Kenny Burrel for not only his natural touch on the guitar but also his polished image, Boo plays the guitar with fire, soul, and astuteness. “Beyond” and “Shades” are sure to be a collector’s items for any real Jazz enthusiast. Added to his accolades are successful performances at the pretigious Lincoln Centre in NY. In June 2013, he was invited by the White House to perform in celebration of Caribbean Heritage month. His recent performances in Monaco – one of which was with Yclef Jean – received rave reviews. In April 2016, Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson will headline Mt Irvine Bay Resort Jazz on the Beach in Tobago.