CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Major Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival stakeholder, Labowi Promotions, producers of the popular ‘Jazz in the South’ series of concerts, has announced its 2014 lineup.
Opting to consolidate into one major offering on May 4 at the Rudy John Beach Park in Laborie, included in this year’s roster, from the south of Saint Lucia, are the Shomari and Wendell Jazz Project; from Martinique, the Gregory Privat Quintet featuring namesake pianist and composer Gregory Privat; and rounding out the unique blend of Creole jazz for which Jazz in the South is known, the Jazz Racine Haiti Project of Guadeloupean Jacques Schwarz-Bart, featuring festival mainstay Etienne Charles on trumpet and “Prince of Haitian Roots Music” Erol Josué.
Since its inception in 1997,Jazz in the South has attracted some of the most recognizable names in Caribbean music, including Grammy Award nominee Orlando 'Maraca' Valle, Carimi,Strings, Kali, Barbara Cadet, Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson, Eric Bonheur, Pedrito Martinez, Exile One, Michele Henderson, as well as Malavoi from Martinique, Arturo Tappin from Barbados and Monty Alexander from Jamaica.
“Jazz in the South is still about Creole infused Caribbean Jazz,” said Len Leonce of Labowi Promotions, “We’re committed to presenting Saint Lucia with a jazz product that is well rounded, and representative of our diverse culture and experiences.”
On May 4, Jazz in the South will continue to add to its legacy of excellence with its usual blend of quality Caribbean music, mouthwatering local food, relaxing atmosphere and in keeping with the revamped nature of the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, a photographic exhibition of Caribbean jazz musicians, fitting for a location which has played host to many Caribbean greats.
In addition, a number of training and educational opportunities will be offered, including a dance and music workshop conducted by Haitian Erol Josué, exploring the link between voodoo culture and artistic tradition as well as a master class conducted by saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart at the Saint Lucia School of Music.
An additional workshop will host music teachers in the south of the island.