PHOTO: St. Lucia courtesy of St. Lucia Tourism Board
Famed honeymoon destination St. Lucia has always been on my bucket-list of travel and, despite being invited numerous times, I've never actually managed to go. However, later this Spring, in May 2019, I am seriously tempted to jaunt down there for the St. Lucia Jazz Festival.
Saint Lucia has been hosting a vibrant jazz festival annually since 1992, and for more than 27 years this festival has attracted visitors from around the world for events and concerts celebrating multiple forms of international, Saint Lucian and Caribbean jazz music. This year through a first-time, one-of-a-kind collaboration, both the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival as well as Jazz at Lincoln Center will be co-hosting the "2019 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival Produced in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center." This event will attempt to host the finest names in modern jazz, which will perform in intimate venues and public settings throughout Saint Lucia from Sunday, May 5 through Sunday, May 12, 2019.
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The week-long festival will feature world renowned artists who have performed on Jazz at Lincoln Center’s season concerts, touring initiatives, and global outposts, as well as throughout Saint Lucia Jazz Festival’s 27-year history. For this inaugural year of collaboration, Jazz at Lincoln Center has programmed a stellar lineup. Christian McBride, Ledisi, Etienne Charles, Russell Hall, and Patrick Bartley will serve as artists-in-residence in Saint Lucia during the week-long festival.
Additionally, artists Gregory Porter, Dianne Reeves, Catherine Russell, Somi, The Baylor Project, Veronica Swift, members of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and a host of musicians and collaborators from the Caribbean will perform throughout the week. “This collaboration between Saint Lucia and renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center reflects Saint Lucia’s exceptional reputation for consistently producing a world-class festival. The 2019 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival Produced in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center marks another monumental chapter in our small island’s history. We are excited to begin this partnership which will bring together some of the world’s best jazz artists in the world’s most beautiful destination,” remarked Minister for Tourism, Hon. Dominic Fedee.
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“We are proud to support the re-establishment of the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival as the premier jazz festival in the Caribbean,” said Wynton Marsalis, Managing and Artistic Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center. “This collaboration reflects our shared commitment to presenting music at the highest level of artistic integrity and quality, while also offering festival-goers a profoundly good time. Jazz has a unique power to bring people of all ages together and lift up communities.”