Saturday, December 17, 2016

Live Music: RIP St Lucia Jazz

The St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival will be no more, Caribbean 360 reports.
Prime Minister Allan Chastanet has announced the festival, which has drawn visitors from all over the world to the Eastern Caribbean island for the past 25 years, has been scrapped because the $14 million price tag for the two-week event was just too much.
The well-known event is being replaced by a Summer Festival – a series of events that will include not only music, but food and arts.
It will begin in May with a Jazz Week, include an expanded St Lucia Carnival, and culminate with the Creole and Heritage Festival in November.

This writer had the pleasure of experiencing the St Lucia jazz Fest (and the wonderful hospitality of the St Lucia Tourist Board) back in 2004, when the line-up included Ravi Coltrane Quartet, Ben Riley's Monk Legacy band, Chris Botti, The Isley Brothers, New Edition, Barbara Cadet and others

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