Saint Lucia Jazz has become one of the major events on Saint Lucia's calendar of events and surely a most anticipated event in the Caribbean. During the month of May, the island dances to the beat of jazz when music fills the air and tourism takes on a whole new meaning to all. What started as simply a marketing event to boost tourism industry arrivals during a low period, has developed into a truly Saint Lucian Festival.
The premiere musical festival in the English speaking Caribbean – Saint Lucia Jazz- is set for April 30 to May 13. This year’s event will be headlined by iconic and legendary diva, singer, record producer and actress Diana Ross. Additional star power to Saint Lucia Jazz is also coming with the inclusion of Grammy award winner singer-songwriter, Toni Braxton. Saint Lucia Jazz will also feature performances from renowned local, regional and international superstars including jazz aficionado Joshua Redman; Southern France’s Gypsy Kings; Ziggy Marley – the son of iconic reggae legend Bob Marley; South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela; gospel king Kirk Franklin; Trinidadian soca stars Fay Ann Lyons and Bunji Garlin and a slew of Saint Lucia’s leading musical masterminds like Luther Francois, Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson, Richard Payne, Derek Yarde and Teddyson John among others.