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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.

And then there’s the food. A special jury of professionals will crown the winners of the Cuisine Competition as Ambassadors of St. Martin Gourmet-Jazz Festival. With the support of André Daguin, chef and President of the Restaurateurs de France, the jury is composed of Yves Thuriès, confectioner and founder of Thuriés Magazine, Alain Brumont, owner of vineyards Chateau Montus, Frédéric Jaboulet, wine trader from the

Rhone Valley, Olivier Leflaive and Laurent Drouhin, and their Burgundian vineyards, a representative of the California Wente Vineyards and the Alsatian House Hugel will also be present with its wines.

Gourmet indeed. My mouth waters and my dancing shoes call, but my vacation days are in short supply. That shouldn’t hold you back, though. For more information on how you can attend the festival visit

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