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St Lucia Jazz Fest is around the corner

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St Lucia Jazz Festival 2012

The St. Lucia Jazz Festival is an annual internationally-known event which takes place on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. The event brings together international as well as local musicians. The jazz festival not only features jazz music but also R&B and Calypso.

St Lucia Jazz Festival 2012

St Lucia Jazz Festival 2012. St Lucia Tourist Board


The event has attracted such artists as Herbie Hancock, Courtney Pine, Ocacia, Branford Marsalis, En Vogue, George Benson, Santana, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Isley Brothers, UB40, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Luther Vandross, Trey Songz, Rihanna, Elton John, John Legend, Mario, Ne-Yo, Zionomi, Amy Winehouse, Angie Stone, Ciara, Boyz II Men, India.Arie, Smokey Robinson, American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. The event is ranked second in the Caribbean after the Trinidad Carnival.


The first St. Lucia Jazz Festival was held in 1992 as an initiative to extend the tourist season and increase foreign exchange in Saint Lucia into May which had previously been a relatively quiet period.

Originally 4 locations were used; however today the festival has expanded and several locations around the island are used to host performances (see list below).

St Lucia Jazz Festival 2012

St Lucia Jazz Festival 2012. St Lucia Tourist Board

At first, the festival attendances were small. But as the years passed, word spread helped by coverage on the BET J television network, and it is now a well-established fixture on the Jazz festival calendar.

Over the past few years the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival has developed a reputation for the quality of the artistes it attracts and now ranks #1 on the list on the E! entertainment top 5 Festivals in the world.

In 2011 the St Lucia Jazz Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary which was a rare achievement as several other Jazz festivals established in the Caribbean region had failed.


Venues used to host performances include Pigeon Point National Park (“Main Stage” & “Side Lawn”), Derek Walcott Square in central Castries (“Jazz on the Square”), The Great House, Fond D’or Heritage Park, Rudy John Beach Park, Vieux Fort Square, Balenbouche Estate, Soufrière Waterfront (the previous three events making up “Jazz in the South”), La Place Carenage (“Teatime Jazz”), Duty Free Pointe Seraphine (“Jazz on the Pier”), Rodney Bay Beachfront (“Jazz on the Beach”), Mindoo Phillip Park, Royal St. Lucian Hotel, Rodney Bay Marina and Gaiety on Rodney Bay.

St Lucia Jazz Festival 2012

St Lucia Jazz Festival 2012. Photos courtesy St Lucia Tourist Board

Jazz 2008

The 2008 St Lucia Jazz Festival featured international artists such as Wyclef Jean, Anita Baker, Angie Stone and Dionne Warwick. The event was held from May 2–11, 2008

Over the next few weeks before jazz kicks off CaribDirect will bring you regular updates. For more information email [email protected] or visit Jazz Fest Facebook page

Article courtesy St Lucia Tourist Board



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