Jamaican guitarist Seretse Small, in 2007, celebrates 20 year as a professional musician. Music, in general, guitar artistry, in particular, began for him as a student at the Jamaica School of Music later he would attend Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory of Music in the United States. His greatest learning experience, however, comes outside curriculum cutting his teeth in live performances in reggae and jazz.
While Seretse spent the past three years on a world tour with Grammy-winning reggae artiste Sean Paul, it is as a jazz guitarist that he made his own name in Jamaica and across the Caribbean. He has performed the major jazz festivals in Jamaica, Grenada and St. Lucia.
A Caribbean man indeed, Seretse Small grew up in Jamaica by multi-cultural, artistic parents. Mother Jean Small, a poet, linguist/actress from Guyana, and his father, a musician from Trinidad, both endowed the guitarist with a wealth of Caribbean history to draw on in his music. He was exposed from an early age to a very Africianist perspective, having been grounded among persons, such as poet Michael Smith, legendary guitarist Ernie Ranglin and dub poet Mutabaruka, men who understood art.
Listing his main influences as Earl Klugh, George Benson, Van Halen and Al Di Meola, Seretse attested that his mentor Jasper Adams coached him in the music of the greats and in understanding the greatness of the Caribbean people.