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St. Martin Hosts Jazz & Grub Fest

How many times have you wolfed down some scrumptious, fried treat while witnessing some killer quintet slay on the bandstand? Plenty of times, I’m sure. Supper clubs have helped keep jazz musicians working for quite some time.

Exploiting the fact that jazz and gastronomy are such longtime pals, the St. Martin Restaurant Owners Association will present a week-long Gourmet-Jazz Festival beginning Dec. 1 on the Caribbean isle to celebrate music and culinary arts. Pianist Chucho Valdes (pictured)-never one to turn down an island gig and never one to turn down a hot plate of rice and beans, I’m sure-took the time to curate the musical side of the event and he’ll impress with his mean chops as well. Piano chops, pork chops, what have you. Featured performers will include Pupy y Los Que Son, Habana All Stars, Orlando Sanchez Soto & the Cuba Jazz, El Greco & Top Secret (Cuba), Alfio Origlio Quartet (France), Ernan Lopez-Nussa Quintet (Cuba), Paco Charlery Quintet (Martinique), Mezcla (Cuba) and Maracud’Jazz Quartet (Guadeloupe) and of course Valdés.

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