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Showcase of jazz and passion

Shaka Mayers

Showcase of jazz and passion

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DYNAMIC, SOULFUL and passionate are a few adjectives used to describe the performances given by Omar Sosa and DeeDee Bridgewater last night. 
The Jazz Showcase, held on day nine of the 2014 St Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival at Gaiety on Rodney Bay, opened with an emotive and animated performance from musician Omar Sosa, who stroked his keyboards with a deliberate finesse, all the while feeding off the energy of his band mates.
The energy was so high in fact, Sosa returned to the stage for an encore, and received a standing ovation from the audience.
Cuban-born Sosa said during his interview with NationTV that it was the band’s first time in St Lucia and it was an experience he thoroughly enjoyed.
“We feel really, really happy to be here and actually we feel proud to see such a strong festival in a small island,” said Sosa.
Sosa went on to say that he was thrilled to finally meet the incredible DeeDee Bridgewater and open for her.
“We played double bill twice already in France and we didn’t get the chance to meet her then… but finally we met her here and it was a great blessing to open for one of our jazz divas,” Sosa said with a smile.
Sosa’s performance was just the tip of the iceberg however, as headliner DeeDee Bridgewater sang with passion and dominated the stage with a sensual and provocative presence that would put performers half her age to shame.
She sang about love, lust and heartbreak, regaling the audience with tales of her attraction to younger men, and filled Gaiety Hall with her passionate soul-piercing vibrato, which the audience thoroughly enjoyed.
Click this link to see some of the show on our facebook page.