03/09/06

St. Lucia Jazz Acts to Include Nancy Wilson and Al Green

The 15th annual St. Lucia Jazz Festival is set to take place May 5-14 and the festival will feature performances from Nancy Wilson (pictured), Kenny Garrett, Al Green and pop stars including Ciara and Seal.

Pigeon Island will host the festival, which annually attracts more than 10,000 visitors each year. Though the complete line up and schedule are not set yet, here is a tentative schedule so far: Friday, May 5, Marchel Montana will perform; Thursday, May 11, will feature Nancy Wilson and Freddy Cole, and the Jazz Guitar Trio with Ronald “Boo” Hinkson, Michael Boothman and Stanley Jordan; Friday, May 12, Ciara, St. Lucian group Sisterhood and the Jazz Project featuring Everette Harp, Omar Hakim, Nelson Rangel and Morris Pleasure will perform; Saturday, May 13, will be performances by Rihanna, Babyface, Kenny Garrett and a local opening act; and the final day of the festival will see Seal, Al Green and Poncho Sanchez.

Prefacing the festival will be programs on BET and BET Jazz, sponsors of the festival. A preview will air on BET March 22 at 2 a.m. and the program will air on BET J March 11 and 25 and April 8 and 22 at 1 p.m., 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. The broadcasts on BET J will be followed by “Intimate Inns of St. Lucia.” Don’t forget to TiVo that.

More information is available at the festival’s website: www.stluciajazz.org.

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