Staged annually at the Derek Walcott Square in downtown Castries, the 2014 Jazz on the Square line-up includes nine dynamic performances by top local and regional acts from Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Barbados. Performances start on Wednesday, May 7 and continue through Friday, May 9.
Sponsored largely by the corporate community, this popular series of free lunchtime concerts run from 12 noon to 3 p.m. daily and offers food and beverage for purchase.
The Wednesday, May 7 headliner is the 1688 ORCHESTRA from Barbados, a unique musical ensemble of brass and steel pan with a repertoire ranging from Duke Ellington to Red Plastic Bag.
Also slated is veteran blues artist Carl Gustave of St Lucia. Guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer, Gustave’s musical style embraces jazz, rock, soul and reggae.
Also appearing on Wednesday, May 7 is ASAP from St Lucia. ASAP features a high-energy brass line comprising Music School graduates Isman Lovence, Keitje Greaves and Trevon St. Omer. Besides its distinctive big-band sound, the group also plays neo, reggae, zouk, soca, R&B and salsa.
The Thursday, May 8 headliner for Jazz on the Square is acclaimed composer, arranger and performer, Barbara Cadet. A regular on the Caribbean jazz scene, she has performed in Martinique, Trinidad, Aruba, Guadeloupe, Cayenne and Jamaica, opening for the likes of Patti La Belle, Anita Baker and Spyro Gyra.
Reggae artist Meshach of St. Lucia is also slated in the May 8 line-up. He is the prodigy of a rich musical environment and has performed with giants like Bunny Wailer, Sizzla, Third World, Barrington Levy, Glen Washington and Beres Hammond.
Performing group Sole-2-Sole led by versatile pianist/producer Kenson Hippolyte of K-Lab fame, will make its Jazz on the Square debut at the Thursday event. The band includes Valentine Emmanuel on guitar, Chesterfield Louison on bass guitar and Jessy Billy on drums.
On Friday, May 9 acoustic/electrical group Skip Monday of St. Lucia will open the final day of Jazz on the Square with its alternative rock repertoire. The group includes Alvin “Fats” Alexander on Drums, bassist Christopher De Freitas, vocalist Stacy Charles, guitarist Nicholas Devaux and featured violinist Yannick James.
Also appearing on Jazz Friday is one of Trinidad’s leading bands, OVERDRIVE, a compact six member combo of world-class musicianship led by talented young pianist Jason Dassent, with Boogsie Sharpe protégé, Johann Chuckaree on steel pan.
The 2014 Jazz on the Square programme comes to a close with popular headliner DYP of St. Lucia. This highly successful incarnation of multi-talented musicial giant Derek “Puba” Yarde on keyboards, also includes Daniel ”Slaque” Edmunds on Bass, Thygeson “Penn” Joseph on drums and vocals.
Jazz on the Square is produced by Landmark Events and sponsored by longstanding corporate partners Windward and Leeward Breweries and LIME, in association with Blue Waters St. Lucia Ltd and St. Lucia Distillers.