Jazz at the Village returns to the Laborie Village Square on Friday with performances by the Laborie Pan Project and the Shomari Maxwell Quintet.
Special guest Andy Narell will join both performances for what promises to be a very special evening of quality music. The show begins at 7pm.
Jazz at the Village is a series of free concerts aimed at presenting the best of Saint Lucia’s jazz music and musicians with occasional guests from elsewhere in the Caribbean and beyond. It was launched on Friday, January 25, 2013 as part of Nobel Laureate Week.
“We started this new project during Nobel Laureate Week Committee,” says Augustin Barthelmy of Labowi Promotions, “because the idea of Jazz at the Village is precisely to celebrate excellence, the excellence of Creole Jazz, of Caribbean music and of Saint Lucian talent. So it is a very welcome coincidence that our second concert is taking place on the anniversary of Independence.”
For this second concert, Jazz at the Village will feature the Laborie Pan Project which is an initiative of Labowi Promotions, which started in November 2006. Its first public appearance took place in February 2007. Since then, the project has performed on several occasions including at Jazz in the South, at the Choiseul Carnival Queen Pageant show 2007 and 2008, and at several celebrations and events in Laborie.
In 2012, they placed second at the Junior Panorama competition.
The second part of the concert will feature the Shomari Maxwell Quintet. Originally from Vieux Fort, Shomari Maxwell is a young musician who has been playing his piano/keyboards for the last ten years, but who has been involved in music for much longer.
Growing up in the backyard of bands like “Survival” and “Karma”, he learned what was good music very early on. With the musical influence and guidance of his father guitarist Monty Maxwell, Shomari is well on his way to becoming a prominent musician with his own sound and style.
Both groups will be joined by special guest Andy Narell, who is the Patron of Jazz in the South. With his first recording in 1979, Narell took the pan into jazz music, and he has since constantly explored the place and possibilities of pan in contemporary music. Narell performed at the first Jazz in the South concert in 1997, and he is strong supporter of the Festival and its vision of presenting and promoting creative Caribbean jazz, with a focus on young artists. During the past two years, Narell has had three opportunities to spend very valuable time with the Laborie Pan Project.
Jazz at the Village is made possible thanks to the generous participation of the artists and to the support of the Nobel Laureate Week Committee, Bank of Saint Lucia, the Laborie Cooperative Credit Union, Alliance Française, Xtra Luv, MCE Sounds and the Laborie/Augier Constituency Council.