St. Lucia Festival to Be Produced in Collaboration With Jazz at Lincoln Center

The first-of-its-kind partnership is JALC’s first full-scale live production outside the United States

Etienne Charles, trumpet
Etienne Charles

This year’s Saint Lucia Jazz Festival will be produced in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center, in a first-of-its-kind partnership. The week-long festival, now in its 27th year, will run May 5-12 at various locations on the Caribbean island.

The festival represents Jazz at Lincoln Center’s first full-scale live production outside the United States.

“This collaboration reflects our shared commitment to presenting music at the highest level of artistic integrity and quality, while also offering festival-goers a profoundly good time,” Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, said in a press release. “Jazz has a unique power to bring people of all ages together and lift up communities.”

Jazz at Lincoln Center has programmed a lineup that will feature artists such as Gregory Porter, Dianne Reeves, Catherine Russell, Somi, the Baylor Project, Veronica Swift, and members of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, among others.

Christian McBride, Ledisi, Etienne Charles, Russell Hall, and Patrick Bartley will serve as artists-in-residence during the festival.

The festival will also include master classes and live performances by Saint Lucia School of Music students and local jazz artists. For more details about the festival, visit stlucia.org.

Read recent JazzTimes interviews with Gregory Porter and Catherine Russell.