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Walcott ready for Sugar Isle Jazz

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Walcott ready for Sugar Isle Jazz

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It will be weekend of jazz starting from tomorrow night.
The inaugural CIBC First Caribbean Sugar Isle Jazz Festival gets into full swing at the Frank Collymore Hall featuring the Jaleel Shaw quartet.
Local producer, Deryck Walcott, well known for his annual Christmas Jazz productions, says is is looking forward to the weekend and believes those attending the shows will not be disappointed by the musical fare that will be served up by some of the world’s top musicians.
He said rehearsals for the shows are going well, adding that the musical maestros are ready to “leave it all on the stage”.
The festival starts with Swing Night, and patrons can expect to be tickled by Shaw, who is well respected in jazz circles, performing at various jazz clubs and festivals around the world.
Saturday night is Caribbean Night and will feature local group, The Golden Apple Project, the brain child of local musician Arturo Tappin. They will be followed by a Caribbean All Star band made up of some of the best musicians the region has to offer, including Frankie McIntosh, Elan Trotman and Len “Boogsie” Sharpe. Patrons can also expect to hear hits from Bob Marley, Kitchener, David Rudder, Edwin Yearwood and Alison Hinds to name a few.    
The Festival climaxes on Sunday with International Night at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium which will be transformed into a special theatre boasting a jazz feel.
The Grammy award winning vocal group, Take 6 will open the show. This group which has a ten Grammy awards under the belt and a record breaking 18 nominations, has captured the hearts of audiences around the world with their vocal theatrics.
They will set the stage for an All Star international line up which will pay tribute to the legendary Stevie Wonder.
These musicians, all stars in their own right, have featured on many Grammy award winning and platinum albums and toured the world with some of the biggest names in music. 
Walcott says he is excited about the weekend jazz events, and explains the concept behind the festival.
He says the name Sugar Isle Jazz Festival was conceptualized to incorporate a Barbadian feel while appealing to an international market.
“Sugar has had and continues to have a tremendous impact on our culture and was at one time the biggest economic provider and currency for our island. There is no better way to pay tribute” he says.
Walcott says Barbados has the ability to attract jazz lovers around the world, especially during what is regarded the slow tourism months.