In almost one month from now, the air will be pregnant with the combination of Jazz and creole tunes and will signal the beginning of a growing festival for Jazz lovers.
The Jazz ‘n Creole Festival is labeled as a fusion of Jazz and Creole music, food and culture and a family oriented affair is expected to kick off on June 4 with a series of fringe events and ending with the grand festival at Cabrits National Park on June 8.
Speaking at the 3rd press conference for the festival, which was held at the Alliance Francaise de la Dominique, Manager of the River Stone Bar and Grill, Maxine Alleyne Esprit said that on Saturday, June 7 (the day before the actual event) a fringe event will be held at the location.
“Down by the river, up the mountain in Belles at River Stone Bar and Grill, we present to you Riverside Jazz and Creole,” she said. “This year we will be giving, as we always try to do, a very definite Jazz element and a very definite Creole element and I am only going to announce half of the line up today.”
Among those on the line up is Michele Henderson.
“Many of us love Michele in her Jazz element, while we also appreciate the Creole element that she brings forth,” she stated. “But Michele in Jazz is just a wonderful thing to see. And we are bringing in now the Creole side by presenting three of the members of Midnight Groovers, that is Chubby, Ko and Victor the baseman alongside Michele’s band.”
Alleyne-Esprit said the other band which will end the night, “where you can kick off your shoes and dance.”
She said the band will be confirmed “as time goes along.”
The Riverside Jazz and Creole will begin at 2:00 pm and cost $20 and a shuttle service from Roseau and Marigot will be available, however, prior notice must be given.
Meantime Digicel’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Nathalie Walsh, said that the company will be having a Wheel of Fortune and a Cash Vault promotion at the main event in Cabrit on June 8
“So we want to invite you at Jazz ‘n Creole and Digicel is going to be interacting with you and having lots of different offers just for you,” she noted. “So you must be at Jazz and you will get a chance to go into the Cash Vault. I’m not going to say this morning how much cash you’re going to win. You will also get a chance to spin the wheel for great prizes … who knows what you could win? It could be a weekend getaway, the latest Samsung Galaxy S5….” she noted.
Additionally, Director of the Alliance Francaise, Stanisals Riener, announced that a French saxophonist and composer, Jacques Schwatz-Bart, will be performing in the main stage in Cabrits.
The artist is the Alliance Francaise partnership contribution.
Schwarz-Bart (born December 22, 1962 in Les Abymes) is a New York based jazz saxophonist. He is dubbed “Brother Jacques” since his music incorporates rhythm and blues as well as hip hop influences.
The festival is being held to showcase local Jazz artistes next to regional and international performers.
The price for the main event at Cabrits is $75 for adults, while children between the ages of 12-18 will pay $25.
Children under 12 will enter the event free.
The other fringe events are as follows:
-Wednesday, June 4 – Evergreen Hotel
-Thursday, June 5 – Anchorage Hotel
-Friday, June 6 – Fort Young Hotel