(PRESS RELEASE) – The 2020 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival Produced in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center announces exciting additions to the lineup for the festival which will take place in Saint Lucia on May 7-9, 2020.
“A Special Evening with Patti LaBelle” will feature songstress Patti LaBelle in rare intimate performances at The Ramp on Rodney Bay on May 8 and 9. “It has been over 10 years since I last performed at the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival. It’s such a beautiful island with beautiful people and I can’t wait to get back,” said Ms. LaBelle. “I’m really looking forward to performing and being a part of an amazing experience, that people won’t soon forget!”
Exclusively for the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival, Chucho Valdés and Esperanza Spalding will perform together for the first time in “Chucho Valdés Summit with Joe Lovano and Esperanza Spalding” at Gros Islet Park on May 9. On May 8, Chucho will appear as special guest on Celebrating Roy Hargrove with Willie Jones III Quintet featuring Renée Neufville. For this special performance, Chucho will reprise tunes he and Roy Hargrove recorded on the album Havana which earned Roy his first GRAMMY® in 1997.
Singer and songwriter Lisa Simone will perform at Gros Islet Park on May 7. Her recent stand out — and sold out — performances in Martinique highlight her ability to transcend genres and echoes the tradition of her mother and musical icon Nina Simone.
Tickets for the 2020 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival Produced in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center are available via www.stlucia.org/jazz. Discounts are available on tickets purchased before 11:59 AST on March 1, 2020. In addition, hotels and resorts throughout Saint Lucia are offering packages with special rates, tickets, and more. Details can be found on the Specials section of stlucia.org.
The 2020 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival Produced in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center lineup boasts the finest names in modern jazz performing in venues throughout Saint Lucia’s distinct Caribbean landscape, including The Ramp on Rodney Bay and Gros Islet Park from May 7-9.
The diverse lineup showcases artists and repertoire spanning the Caribbean, the U.K. and the U.S. including:
Chick Corea Trio with Carlitos Del Puerto and Antonio Sanchez
A Special Evening with Patti LaBelle
Chucho Valdés Summit Featuring Joe Lovano and Esperanza Spalding
Willie Jones III Quintet: Celebrating the Music of Roy Hargrove featuring Renée Neufville and Special Guest Chucho Valdés
Alphonso Horne and the Gotham Kings
Ruben Fox’s London Brass Band and Theon Cross and Mark Kavuma
Maher Beauroy presents “Washa!”
U.S. Embassy Arts Envoy Sheléa Soul of the Great American Songbook
Nightly Jam Sessions
The three-day 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 28-year history.
In addition to world-class performances, the 2020 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival will feature “Artists In Education” initiatives including master classes, professional development, and live performance collaborations with Saint Lucia School of Music students and local jazz artists.
Saint Lucia has been hosting a vibrant jazz festival annually since 1992. For more than 28 years, the festival has attracted visitors from around the world for events and concerts celebrating multiple forms of international, Saint Lucian and Caribbean jazz music. For more information, go to www.stlucia.org/jazz.