RHYTHM AND NOTES
Top 10 Best Jazz Headline Acts
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.