Saint Lucia Jazz 2019 in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center
A celebration of Saint Lucian, Caribbean and international jazz music, with events in all parts of the country – a mix of free and paying concerts, educational activities targeted at Saint Lucian and visiting musicians, culminating on Mothers’ Day, May 12, 2019.
Nina and Me- Tribute to Nina Simone featuring Ledisi with New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
LEDISI is a 12x Grammy-nominated vocal powerhouse who has wowed fans ever since she came onto the scene. She’s earned a place in the pantheon of the best soul singers of her generation. LEDISI is a favorite of The Obamas and has performed eight times at the White House. Her fans include icons, legends and current chart-toppers like Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Kehlani and more. She has headlined two sold-out tours, performed alongside Richie Sambora, Dave Matthews, Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks, Jill Scott, Maxwell and many more. She’s appeared on American recognized shows like Good Morning America, HARRY, The David Letterman Show, The Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and VH-1’s Diva’s Live to name a few. In 2015, she appeared in the Oscar-nominated movie Selma as Mahalia Jackson and is currently starring in Gabourey Sidibe’s Shatterbox Anthology film, The Tale of Four. LEDISI has released her ninth Grammy nominated studio album Let Love Rule, which features John Legend, Kirk Franklin, and B.J. The Chicago Kid, among others. The album received three Grammy nominations in the “Best R&B Album,” “Best R&B Performance” (High), and “Best Traditional R&B Performance” (All the Way) categories.
New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) was formed in 2002, and was designed to celebrate and fortify the American Jazz portfolio while providing infrastructure for developing the New Orleans Jazz industry. Led by Artistic Director Adonis Rose, this 18-piece big band has an ever-increasing repertoire that exemplifies the influence of Jazz as the grandfather of all modern American music. As such, the band and its members are true Ambassadors of American Music. The members of the orchestra span several generations and have over one hundred years of combined professional experience. They have performed and recorded with a veritable who’s who of artists across all genres. NOJO has headlined all of America’s major performing arts venues and clubs, and produced the first local, ticketed Jazz Concert Series in New Orleans’ history. NOJO’s album, BOOK ONE released on World Village ( Harmonia Mundi) won the 2010 Grammy Award for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble.” Their most recent album, Dee Dee’s Feather’s, was released in 2015 and features Grammy and Tony award winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater.
On their forthcoming release expected Spring 2019, NOJO takes a look into the mind and music of New Orleans’ piano legend Allen Toussaint, whose music has influenced generations spanning more than fifty years. In their inimitable swinging style, the Orchestra performs original Big Band arrangements of Toussaint’ greatest hits including “Southern Nights,” “With You In Mind,” “It’s Raining,” “Ruler of My Heart,” “Java,” and “Working in the Coal Mine.” The recording features Dee Dee Bridgewater, Davell Crawford, and several other special guests.
Straight Ahead with Boo and Friends
Ronald “Boo” Hinkson’s talent transcends cultures and sounds, bringing a fresh and innovative blend of jazz and Caribbean music. A gifted composer, producer, and heralded guitarist, Boo’s unique approach and versatility enable him to deliver a distinctive signature sound.
Born in Saint Lucia and raised on a diet of Ellington, Davis, and Coltrane, Boo’s name is synonymous with Saint Lucian music. His mother – who was also an accomplished guitarist – was his first teacher. His musical career began with the Tru-Tones, a group he started in Saint Lucia, which commanded stages locally and internationally for two decades. So much so in fact, that their eclectic blends of Caribbean and pop rhythms garnered them an appearance at Superbowl XIII. Today, he is an exceptionally accomplished musician who has stayed true not only to his Jazz roots, but also to his West Indian culture. Boo couples his appreciation of the old masters with Contemporary Jazz and Soca in his music and lyrics, and as a result his popularity has continued to spread.
With a performance track record that includes international stages from the Caribbean to the U.S. and Europe, Boo has shared the stage with scores of musical greats including Al Jarreau, India Arie, Earl Klugh, George Benson and Grover Washington. He was recently featured at a state function for former President Bill Clinton. His music has been showcased on the day-time television show “One Life to Live”. BBC, BET Jazz, and Bravo TV have also aired his live performances. Has written several songs for Gramm
Stanley Jordan describes Boo “as a genuinely gifted and accomplished musician”. George Benson praises his technical prowess and improvisation. Ronnie Laws has described his playing as “extremely soulful and intense”. Frequently compared to Kenny Burrel for not only his natural touch on the guitar but also his polished image, Boo plays the guitar with fire, soul, and astuteness. “Beyond” and “Shades” are sure to be a collector’s items for any real Jazz enthusiast. Added to his accolades are successful performances at the pretigious Lincoln Centre in NY. In June 2013, he was invited by the White House to perform in celebration of Caribbean Heritage month. His recent performances in Monaco – one of which was with Yclef Jean – received rave reviews. In April 2016, Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson will headline Mt Irvine Bay Resort Jazz on the Beach in Tobago.