May 05, St. Lucia Jazz ’12
Fond D’Or Nature & Heritage Park: Arturo Tappin (Barbados); Boo Hinkson and Derek Yarde Project (St. Lucia)
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Arturo Tappin reads to Vincyclassroom
Let’s face it, the boy can play!
However, it’s another thing when the boy lays down the saxophone, sits himself down on the comfy chair in front of the camera to read to the children of Vincyclassroom.
Vincyclassroom is a one-stop online resource for the youth of St. Vincent who have access to the internet and use computer technology as an educational tool.
Arturo Tappin was performing at the recently concluded Bequia Music Festival when he was called upon to share some words with the online crowd.
Vincyclassroom.com reports that Tappin enjoyed the reading exercise and thanks him for the endorsement. They hope to parley that into video testimonials by persons with careers that are not “typical” to help guide young people thinking of exploring opportunities “Outside Da Box,” as the website puts it.
…and the Woody goes to Arturo Tappin.
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Fresh from and buoyed by the resounding success of “An Evening of Jazz” at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center of the University of Maryland in September, Barbadian saxophonist Arturo Tappin did it again at The Aquatic Club in Villa, St. Vincent, October 28.
Back on September 23, Caribbean Jazz greats Tappin and Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin headlined “An Evening of Jazz,” a fundraiser for scholarships to aid needy University of the West Indies (UWI) students, strengthen the institution’s academic programs and to help them build relationships with the US-based Caribbean community.
- Ranglin (left) and Tappin
The Jamaica Gleaner reported in its September 30 online edition that Ranglin and Tappin put on a command performance that drew spirited applause and loud shouts of “Encore!” from the audience.
The event was co-presented by the American Foundation of the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) and the University of the West Indies Alumni Foundation of Washington (UWIAA-DC).
Presiding over the event was the Chancellor of the UWI, Sir George Alleyne. Distinguished guests included Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Denzil Douglas, the Minister of Health of Jamaica, the ambassadors of Barbados and St. Kitts to the United States and the President of the UWIAA-DC.
Sources: afuwievents, Jamaica Gleaner