…a sampling of Jazz news deserving of a post rather than a roll, a blogroll
The Greening of Jazz in the Caribbean was not only occurring in Tobago on the last weekend in April. Jazz was also being painted green on Saturday, April 25 right across the Caribbean arc at a place in the Cayman Islands called Gaston Maloney’s Garden, Agnes Way. There, the Georgetown Sports Club and Friends of Jazz put together a programme of local Caymanian content, in Jonathan Ebanks and Mainstream, and local Caribbean fare in Dr. Cathy Brown and Friends from Jamaica and the Frankie McIntosh Quartet out of New York.
The Kalalu World Music Festival, St. Lucia’s Easter Weekend lime (no pun intended seeing that LIME is a principal festival sponsor), lifted off on Saturday, April 11 and climaxed on Sunday 12 following performances by established and emerging acts from home town SLU, neighbours Martinique, Guadeloupe and the Commonwealth of Dominica, Jamaica, New York, Paris and Africa.
Kalalu World Music Festival, Ap. 11-12
The musical styles covered by the artists spanned African Soukous and Malagasi rhythms, Francophone Zouk, Salsa and Merengue, Brazilian and Cuban, Caribbean dance music including Reggae – and Jazz.
The J-Fans would surely have been interested in the World Music of Haja Madagascar & the Groovy Peoplewith theirAfrican and Malagasi traditional and contemporary rhythms,Shimeta El Diego with the famous Soukous Stars from the Congo doing West-African stuff, Tanya St. Val (Guadeloupe), Luc Leandry (Paris) and Grammacks star Jeff Joseph (Dominica/Martinique) appearing with Zouk band Panik out of Guadeloupe, New York’s Zon Del Barrios’ salsa and meringue, the dancer-friendly Zouk and sizzling creole favourites of St. Lucia’s L’Addition – and an Afrocentric collaboration of St. Lucian Jazz icon, Luther Franςois, Athanatius Laborde and new band Zambizi ‘tried’ their hands at the music of Martiniquan pianist and composer, Marius Cultier. (Now, I need to pull out my Cultier from the vinyl cabinet – no CD’s back in the day when the Cultier star shone, thank you.)
Luther Franςois was next at the Gaiety on Rodney Bay, Wednesday, May 06 during St. Lucia Jazz. The Luther Franςois and Emerson Nurse Quintet had Luther‘s younger brother Ricardo on traps, bassist Raymond D’huy and percussionist Charlie Chamoreau-Lamotte to honour the memory of Luther and Ricardo‘s older brother, Mervin Franςois.
In a month’s time, Luther heads to London where no doubt The Scribe, John Stevenson, will grab a hold of him and then tell us all about it.