Jazz at Lincoln Center will program and produce the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival in May, the first time that this New York-based nonprofit organization has taken the creative reins at a festival abroad.
The event’s official title will be the 2019 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival Produced in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center, and it will feature multiple performances from each of five artists in residence: the bassist Christian McBride, the vocalist Ledisi, the trumpeter Etienne Charles, the bassist Russell Hall and the saxophonist and clarinetist Patrick Bartley.
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Other performers will include the United States-based vocalists Gregory Porter, Dianne Reeves, Catherine Russell and Somi, as well as a number of artists based in the Caribbean.
The festival, now entering its 28th year, will run from May 5-12, and will take place at locations across the scenic island. The festival will also include educational events and performance opportunities for grade-school students at the Saint Lucia School of Music.
Though it has never before programmed an entire festival abroad, Jazz at Lincoln Center — which is guided by the trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, its artistic director, and has a budget of roughly $50 million — is no stranger to international concert presenting. For years it ran a jazz club at the St. Regis Hotel in Doha, Qatar, and it now maintains a venue in Shanghai.