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Barbados Jazz Festival 2008

November 11, 2007

bjf08.gifIN ITS 15TH YEAR, the Barbados Jazz Festival is still coming up with firsts.

When the festival kicks off on January 14, 2008, patrons will for the first time enjoy a night concert in the beautiful surroundings of Farley Hill National Park.

Erykah Badu, who will be appearing here for the first time, will be the featured artiste on that night, January 18, with her show starting at 8 p.m.

“It is a lovely venue at night and I am willing to take the chance,” festival producer Gilbert Rowe told the WEEKEND NATION.

He added: “I am proud to have created something that has lasted 25 years and I am proud too that there has been the transfer of so much technical knowledge – in sound, lighting, and so on. I am happy when I hear people say that we have raised the bar.”

Featured artistes for the festival are: Bob James, Erykah Badu, Kenny Garrett, Lee Ritenour, The Rippingtons, John Patitucci, Vanessa Rubin, Terri Lyne Carrington, The Cuban All Star Jazz Band, David Ziggy Walcott, Stefan Walcott, The Almond Band and André Forde.

Rowe described the 2008 line-up as “almost 100 per cent jazz”.

“That is what the market is clamouring for,” he said, referring the WEEKEND NATION to the festival’s website, where it describes next year’s production as “a true jazz festival”.

“They are all strong artistes and this is a world-class roster,” he added.

Over its 14 years so far, the festival has brought some of the world’s leading artistes to perform in Barbados.

The list includes such stellar performers as Ray Charles, Ramsey Lewis, Luther Vandross, Grover Washington, Patti LaBelle, Dionne Warwick and Stanley Clarke.

News source: www.nationnews.com 

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