Hours after the curtains came down on the 2019 edition of the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival, organizers were already declaring it a success.
This year’s event was a collaborative effort between the Events Company of Saint Lucia and New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center and saw even more changes to the Festival which has undergone its fair share of alterations and modifications.
This year, the popular main stage performances at Pigeon Island were absent. Instead organizers opted to diversify the event and utilize a variety of more intimate venues across the island.
The May 4 to May 12 musical event featured Grammy award winning performers alongside some of the biggest artists from St. Lucia. It attracted hundreds of local, regional and international patrons to a number of new and exciting venues.
The new venues included the Pearl and the Ramp at Reduit. Those venues hosted performances by Rob Zi and Phyness, Gregory Porter, Ledisi, Diane Revese, Agustin “Jab” Duplesis and Emerson Nurse.
Gros Islet Park saw performances from Russel Hall’s Family Band while the St. Lucia School of Music performed at the IGY Rodney Bay Marina. Other performers included Patrick Bartley’s Dreamweaver Society and St. Lucian saxophonist Rashaad Joseph.
The event saw the first Gospel-inspired inspirational Jazz Brunch at Shangrila which featured the two time Grammy Nominated Baylor Project. Shirleyann Cyril Mayers and God’s Anointed Music Ministry ended the event on a high note.
Noticeably, the event this year was not marketed under the Soliel Festival brand.
French national Frank Annette who has been attending the festival for over two decades welcomes the evolution of the event.
The executive producers of the 2019 St. Lucia Jazz Festival are hoping that the partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center will be a longstanding one.
A post mortem of the event is expected to take place in the coming weeks.