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‘Twas jazz good

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‘Twas jazz good

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Two new jazz festivals, hurriedly arranged for music lovers disappointed with the cancellation of the big annual jazz show, might be around for a while, even though promoters say they can’t list their first outing as a resounding financial success.
The festivals are Jazz’N Barbados, promoted by Grady Clarke of Limelite Inc., and the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Festival, organised by jazz lover and businessman Tom Hinds.
They were held mid-January to fill a void created by the cancellation of the Barbados Jazz Festival.
Both Hinds and Clarke said the festivals would continue next year, despite the lower than expected financial returns. They described their offerings as successful in all other aspects, including the quality of the music and enthusiasm of patrons.
“We are going to do this again,” Hinds told the DAILY NATION. “It is something I quite frankly wanted to do for some time. I know we can do it, and do it quite successfully.
Clarke predicted: “We will be back, and next year will certainly be different. As the new kid on the block without experience, we made some mistakes.
“I think we went overboard in some cases to produce the best show possible and the financial returns were not always what we expected.”
The Naniki Caribbean Jazz Festival was held at Naniki Restaurant & Resort in St Joseph on January 15 and 16.
The entertainment line-up included C4, a quartet of local musicians from the Barbados Community College; the Luther Francois Quartet; Blue Mango, a group comprising St Lucian and Martiniquan artistes;
Barbadian-born Elan Trotman and his quintet; David “Happy” Williams; and Barbadian saxophonist Arturo Tappin with his group.
The Jazz’N Barbados series started January 12 with Jazz’N The Street Under The Mango Trees, its signature event, in Peronne Gap, Worthing, Christ Church.
This was followed by Jazz’N The Trees at Mahogany Ridge in St James two days later.
Two “mass events” followed, with Jazz’N De Gap in St Lawrence, Christ Church, January 15 and Jazz’N Up Second Street, Holetown, St James, the next day.
The last two venues took on a Bourbon Street, New Orleans atmosphere, with jazz musicians performing in clubs and on the street.
The festival showcased a good deal of local talent, including Roger Gittens, John King, Arturo Tappin, David Ziggy Walcott, Antonio Boo Rudder and Rickey Aimey & Friends.
Michael Boothman, Dave Marcellin and Raf Robertson from Trinidad, and the Venezuelan group Conjunto Salsa de Ernesto added some flavour to the festival.