Jazz at Lincoln Center is taking its world-renowned live music programming to, well, another part of the world. The acclaimed organization behind the programming of jazz events and performers at New York City’s Lincoln Center will be responsible for curating a major music event abroad for the first time in its three-decade history this spring when it helps present the 2019 lineup for the 28th annual Saint Lucia Jazz Festival. The week-long event is officially titled, 2019 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival Produced in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center, and is scheduled to take place on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia on May 5th-12th.
Some of this year’s performers who were selected by the Jazz at Lincoln Center team include a mix of American jazz artists including Gregory Porter, Dianne Reeves, Catherine Russell, and Somi. The week’s worth of music events will also feature a select group of five artists in residence, including bassist Christian McBride, singer Ledisi, trumpeter Etienne Charles, bassist Russell Hall, and saxophonist/clarinetist Patrick Bartley. The five honorary artists will deliver multiple performances throughout the festival. As with tradition of the island-based music event, shows and performances will take place in various locations across the tropical destination.
Since being formed back in 1987, Jazz at Lincoln Center continues to operate as a non-profit organization, responsible for programming the events throughout three different performance venues at Lincoln Center’s Manhattan campus, including the Rose Theater, The Appel Room, and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. The organization also runs education-based initiatives as part of its yearly and seasonal schedules, and is also responsible for distributing various jazz curriculums to local high schools via its Essentially Ellington program, named of course after well-known bandleader, Duke Ellington.
Jazz fans can head over to the Festival’s schedule page on the St. Lucia event website to learn more about where the various artists will be performing across the island come early May.
[H/T New York Times]