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Jazzing up jazz shows

Yvette Best

Jazzing up  jazz shows

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Jazz lovers will definitely be getting their thirst quenched this year.
It did not happen in January, as has become the norm, but JazzNBarbados producer Grady Clarke says things are in the works.
Clarke and his partners Noel Lynch, Dorsie Boyce and Monique Hinds move to fill the void created when the Barbados Jazz Festival was cancelled.
Clarke told the SATURDAY SUN yesterday that his daughter’s upcoming wedding and the tough economic times combined to push the event further down in the year. And having come out with a loss last year, Clarke said they had to be careful how they roll out the 2012 calendar with the limited finances.
He promised that whatever form was taken, the jazz shows would be bigger and better this year.
Last year’s inaugural event had four shows at Peronne Gap and St Lawrence Gap in Christ Church; Mahogany Ridge, St Thomas; and Second Street, Holetown, St James.
Clarke said they were working on two shows at one venue, but he did not reveal the location or the dates.
He said discussions were to be held about staging at least one other show.
“We’re still committed. There is too much goodwill,” he assured.
The producer said fans could expect a largely local cast, but his group was still looking to see how it could tap into the French Caribbean for talent.