RHYTHM AND NOTES

Top 10 Best Jazz Head­line Acts

The Star (St. Lucia) - Life Begins 2 Nite - - CONTENTS - With Toni Ni­cholas

The 2015 Saint Lu­cia Jazz & Arts Fes­ti­val is now well un­der­way, fol­low­ing the open­ing on April 30 at the Min­doo Phillip Park. The event, now in its 24th year has re­ceived its share of crit­i­cism from me, some­times for the less than stel­lar line-up and for other rea­sons. This year I have tipped my hat to the or­ga­niz­ers for a good line-up even with a dwin­dling bud­get. That said the fes­ti­val over the years has in­deed de­liv­ered on a num­ber of fan­tas­tic world class head­line acts with ster­ling per­for­mances. This year I look back at ten of my favourites. 10. Is­ley Broth­ers - In 2005 Ron Is­ley and broth­ers got the Pi­geon is­land crowd all worked up with some sooth­ing slow jams and up­tempo jams too. With their sex­ily clad dancers they showed that they can get down like the yung-uns too. 9. Ge­orge Ben­son - Ge­orge Ben­son has been here sev­eral times and is al­ways a thrill on stage in­clud­ing his 2007 per­for­mance. 8. Patti Labelle - This lady can belt a tune and in 2009 she did just that and more. 7. John Leg­end - Of his two per­for­mances here I thor­oughly en­joyed the first in 2007 6. San­tana - In 1997 shortly be­fore soon sweep­ing the Grammy awards San­tana un­leashed his black magic on the crowd. 5. Beres Ham­mond - In 2009 Beres Ham­mond sent fans home to­tally sat­is­fied af­ter closing the fes­ti­val at Pi­geon Is­land. 4. Smoky Robin­son - Thrilled to be there when “Smokey sang” our prime min­is­ter was happy for a photo op back-stage later. 3. Air Sup­ply - It was mag­i­cal that Fri­day night at Pi­geon Is­land when Air Sup­ply had ev­ery­one singing and wav­ing to hit af­ter hit af­ter hit… 2. UB40 - In 2005 th­ese boys from Eng­land who know how to do a reg­gae cover had their au­di­ence-young and old-mes­mer­ized and singing along too. What a great fi­nale it was that year. 1. Harry Belafonte - In 1999 Harry Belafonte saved the day in a big way af­ter sev­eral head­line acts had can­celled at the last minute. In the end the West In­dian born singer put on a su­perb and shall I say un­ex­pected per­for­mance and for that is in my top spot.

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