St. Lucia Jazz, one of the Caribbean’s most popular jazz festivals, has announced that Grammy winner Michael Bolton and soft rock duo Air Supply have joined the line-up for the 2008 edition of St. Lucia Jazz. The festival, now in its 17th year, is scheduled for May 2 – 11, 2008. Demand for rooms and airlift is high during this very popular event so couples interested in a St. Lucia vacation for that time period should be sure to plan ahead.
Other performers during the final weekend of concerts include Angie Stone, Anita Baker, Dianne Reeves, Dionne Warwick, Jonathan Butler, Najee and Wyclef Jean. Other acts carded for the festival include the Juilliard Quintet, featuring saxophonist Ron Blake, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, drummer Carl Allen and bassist Ben Wolfe. Also performing at St. Lucia Jazz will be saxophonist Jacques Schwartz-Bart; keyboardist Alex Bugnon, guitarist Nick Colionne and neo-soul singer Ledisi; along with top local and Caribbean performers.
St. Lucia Jazz is produced by the St. Lucia Tourist Board in partnership with BET Event Productions. “This year we’re continuing to improve the quality of the event,” said Senator Allen Chastanet, St. Lucia’s Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, who added major infrastructural improvements were being planned, including showcasing St. Lucia’s premium restaurants on Pigeon Island. “Our aim is to re-establish St. Lucia as hosts of the premier jazz festival in the Caribbean. Having great artists is not enough if we don’t bolster the experience.”
Since its establishment in 1992, St. Lucia Jazz has showcased R&B legends Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Carlos Santana, Patti Labelle and jazz greats Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Jordan, Roy Hargrove and George Benson.
St. Lucia’s 10-day jazz celebration focuses on the straight jazz category as well as acoustic, new age, jazz, soul, fusion, R&B and Hip Hop held in a variety of locations and venues around the island, including Jazz on the Square in Castries and Fond d’Or Jazz in Dennery.
For more information:
• visit www.stluciajazz.org
• call the St. Lucia Tourist Board toll-free (888) 4-ST-LUCIA or visit www.stlucia.org