The thrill of Saint Lucia Jazz 2012 will electrify the island this week as, following a rousing opening, the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) steps aside to allow community jazz events to emerge from the fringe.
Jazz rhythms will groove through the south, west, north and east of Saint Lucia throughout the week, with artistes from diverse genres and geographic locations.
SAINT LUCIA COMMUNITY JAZZ CALENDAR
Wednesday, 9 May
3pm (Free) – Tea Time Jazz @ La Place Carenage w/ The Black Antz Jazz Combo, Werner “Semi” Francis
Friday, 4 May
2pm – Jazz on the Bay @ Marigot Bay Marina w/ Ten 90 featuring Mervyn Wilkinson, Centric featuring Shayne Ross, Teddyson John
7pm (Free) – Jazz in the South @ Independence Square Vieux Fort w/ Mushy Widmaier, Monty Maxwell, Sisterhood
Saturday, 5 May
2pm – Fond d’Or Jazz @ Fond d’Or Nature & Historical Park w/ Exile-One, Ronald “Boo” Hinkson, Arturo Tappin
8pm (Free) – Babonneau Jazz @ Babonneau Secondary School Grounds w/ Corneilus Biscette, Trevor Charles, Courts Babonneau Steel Orchestra, Transfix Band
Sunday, 6 May
2pm – Jazz in the South @ Coconut Bay w/ Pan virtuoso American Andy Narell (patron of Jazz in the South 2012), with the quartet Sakésho (Mario Canonge, Michel Alibo and Gregory Louis), Gil Tony’k, Rupert Lay Q-Tet, Black Antz Jazz Combo
5pm (Free) – Sea-side Jazz (Formerly Jazz on the Square and Jazz on the Pier) @ Pointe Seraphine – Semi Francis, Nicholas Branker, Raw Elements with Dalonya, Trish, Mervyn Wilkinson, Shayne Ross and Alibi
Thursday, 10 May
3pm (Free) – Teatime Jazz @ La Place Carenage w/ Kosmic Riddim, Shayne Ross
2, 3, 4, 5, 8, May
(Registration required) Master Classes and Workshops for musicians and music teachers (collaboration with Alliance Française and the Saint Lucia School of Music) @ Vieux Fort and Castries w/ Maryse Ngalula & Jean-Rémi Guédon, Cameron Pierre, Mushy Widmaier, Mario Canonge
With options for persons in every part of the island, the week seems set to really raise the level on as we approach the main events from 9 May. It was certainly a successful start on Monday 30, as the Saint Lucia Jazz returned to the Mindoo Phillip Park, with reggae superstar Busy Signal and soca powerhouses Teddyson John, Fay Ann Lyons and Bunji Garlin. The community aspect also got off to an early start on Tuesday, 1 May, which saw the first ever Moon River Jazz flashing Creole music and cuisine at Canaries, and the first note of Jazz in the South at Rudy John Beach Park in Laborie.