[Press Release] The Saint Lucia Jazz Festival presents A World of Jazz.
From May 7 to May 11 at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, patrons will take a musical journey with five nights of thrilling Jazz performances featuring rhythmic influences from Africa, Europe, America and the Caribbean.
The evenings’ entertainment will feature the pairing of two Jazz performances with complimentary Jazz styles and engaging stage presence. The musical journey opens on Monday, May 7th with a Cross Over jazz performance from Barbara Cadet, an accomplished Saint Lucian musician, vocalist, arranger and composer, who will be followed by Denys Baptiste, a British saxophonist with Saint Lucian heritage known for his colossal talent and powerful technique.
Tuesday, May 8th features Haitian- American vocalist Pauline Jean and Guadeloupean Arnaud Dolmen’s eclectic quartet. Tuesday’s performance will provide an erudite blend of worldly jazz that draws from the groups Creole roots and integrates modern and traditional inflections.
Wednesday’s featured performers include songstress Zara McFarlane and Etienne Mbappé and the Prophets. With their unusual trumpet/tenor/violin frontline leading the way, the Prophets explore eleven Mbappé originals, which touch on a number of international traditions while bridging cultural divides via deft musicianship and a thoughtful, conversational improvisational approach.
Zara Mc Farlane, is described as the UK’s foremost Black British Jazz vocalist with music that reflects his British-Jamaican identity. Zara McFarlane and Etienne Mbappe and the Prophets take the stage on Wednesday May 9. The series continues with Dominican Cameron Pierre and Saint Lucian Luther Francois on Thursday, May 10th.
Arranger/composer Luther Francois is one of the most widely known and respected musicians and educators in the Caribbean and will present his newest project ‘Fragments’. Also featured on Thursday evening will be guitarist Cameron Pierre, with a dexterous sound strongly influenced by his early affinity to calypso and reggae music.
A World of Jazz ends on Friday, May 11th with GRAMMY® nominated artist, songwriter Carolyn Malachi, known for her breathtaking live performances and AZIZA, a group described as a musical powerhouse and features guitarist Lionel Loueke, saxophonist Chris Potter, bassist Dave Holland and drummer, Eric Harland.
For more information on Saint Lucia Jazz artistes, venues and to purchase tickets online visit www.soleilsaintlucia.com. The Saint Lucia Jazz Festival is presented in partnership with platinum sponsor Flow.