High­lights Around the Is­land

Tropical Traveller Magazine - - ISLANDEVENTS -

Pi­geon Is­land main­stage is well known in­ter­na­tion­ally as the venue for Saint Lu­cia’s sig­na­ture cel­e­bra­tion of mu­sic and arts, but around the is­land the vibe is just as hot, and some lo­ca­tions have be­come an an­nual tra­di­tion for lo­cal and re­gional jazz fans.

On May 1st, Kas­sav will play at Soufriere in their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive visit to Saint Lu­cia Jazz; this awe­some in­sti­tu­tion of French Caribbean zouk mu­sic is bound to bring the house down once again: Fri­day May 2nd sees a free “Cul­tural Ex­plo­sion” of dance, drama and steel pan mu­sic in Gros Islet, while in Marigot Bay, Capella Re­sorts presents Jazz on the Bay, with the lo­cal tal­ent of sax­o­phon­ist Bar­bara Cadet, vo­cal­ist Clau­dia Ed­wards and a roster of ex­cit­ing live bands. The free Jazz on the Bay con­cert con­tin­ues on May 3rd with the Derek Yarde Project head­lin­ing, while down south at Fond D’Or, Jamaican fam­ily band Mor­gan Her­itage is back for a re­turn visit after sev­eral years, shar­ing the line up with veteran jazz gui­tarist and Saint Lu­cian na­tional trea­sure, Boo Hink­son.

Jazz in the South is La­borie’s highly suc­cess­ful day­time free con­cert, which this year fea­tures an eclec­tic in­ter­na­tional col­lec­tion of acts in­clud­ing Jac­ques Sch­warz Bart’s Jazz Racine Haiti (fea­tur­ing Erol Jo­sue), Gre­gory Pri­vat and the Chil­dren of Cy­paris, and the Shomari and Wen­dell Jazz Project.

Of course Saint Lu­cia Jazz is also about Arts, and May 5th sees the re­turn of the spo­ken word, headed up by au­thor and poet Ken­del Hip­polyte who will lead “Blue Ses­sion – Word in Al­tered Scale,” at 8pm in the Gar­den at Gai­ety, where po­etry and mu­sic will mesh, and veteran Saint Lu­cian reg­gae artist SKY, for­merly of Amate, will pro­vide the back­ground sounds.

Jazz on the Square is a se­ries of free lunchtime con­certs be­tween May 7th and May 9th at Derek Wal­cott Square in Castries; also in Castries, La Place Carenage duty free mall fea­tures Teatime Jazz on May 7th and 8th; and up north, Bay Walk Mall and JQ Rod­ney Bay Mall have free jazz ses­sions over the course of the fes­ti­val.

Also in Rod­ney Bay, Jazz on the Grill fea­tures some of the best lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional jazz mu­si­cians from the is­land’s premier mu­sic fes­ti­val. This year Fire Grill & Lounge Bar will host eight days of grooves, in­clud­ing four ses­sions of St. Lu­cia Jamz, fea­tur­ing many artists per­form­ing on other stages around the is­land dur­ing the Jazz Fes­ti­val.

Since 2010 Jazz on the Grill has been part of the Saint Lu­cia Jazz & Arts Fes­ti­val of­fi­cial pro­gramme. Don’t miss the fi­nal, roof blow­ing En­core Jam ses­sion is on Mon­day May 12, after the Pi­geon Is­land main events are over – as we say in Saint Lu­cia, it’s def­i­nitely one for de road!

There’s no doubt about it – May and Jazz are syn­ony­mous in Saint Lu­cia, and long may it last! Check www.stlu­ci­a­jazz.org for the in­for­ma­tion on events, venues and tick­ets.

The best mu­si­cal party in the Caribbean is right here in Saint Lu­cia!

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