USA Meets the Caribbean at Windjammer Landings Villa Beach Resort
Castries- (April 13, 2016) – In the rich tradition of exciting musical collaborations which have characterized the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival to date, the Caribbean’s ‘saxiest’ jazz horn-man, Barbadian Arturo Tappin will join Jazz guitarist Chris Standring in a thrilling encounter on May 06 at the Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort. Standring and Tappin are both exponents of the contemporary Jazz genre who together are expected to bring a high and infectious groove element to their set, with an equally enthralling improvisational content, for which they are both well known.
The performance, themed “Jazz on the Beach”, is reminiscent of the earlier days of the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival which offered Jazz enthusiasts, Festival patrons and hotel guests additional straight jazz performances set within the intimacy of some of the islands leading resort restaurants.
A clear favorite for Caribbean jazz aficionados both for his music and charismatic performance, Arturo Tappin has performed with an A list of stars from R&B to world music. Among these are Roberta Flack, Hard Bop Trumpeter Red Rodney, Reggae Super Star Maxi Priest, Anita Baker, Jamaican Jazz pianist and guitarist Monty Alexander and Ernest Ranglin, South African Jazz Legend Hugh Masekela, Will Downing and R & B singer Freddie Jackson. He has also served as the Musical Director for Eddy Grant, 2014 Grammy Award Winner Laylah Hathaway, and has recorded with Grammy recipients Ralph MacDonald, and the late great Luther Vandross.
Chris Standring never passes up an opportunity to collaborate moreso if there is sure to be innovation through the cross fertilization of influences and musical vernaculars. Over the course of his nine hit albums since the late 90s and hundreds of live performances throughout North America and Europe, he has worked with some of the jazziest, funkiest musicians in the business. Becoming a great sonic architect and producer by necessity, he instinctively knows the perfect players to achieve specific sounds.
Standring, who has been conducting master classes of his own over the years, is down to deliver a master class at the St Lucia School of Music, for musicians in the intermediate to advanced category. Standring also intends to incorporate one or two students into his Jazz on the Beach set.
For the convenience of Jazz on the Beach patrons, secured parking will be in place at the Daher Mall site at Bois d’Orange, with a shuttle service to the Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort.
For more information about the 25th Annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival visit www.stluciajazz.org.
For more information about the island of Saint Lucia, call 1-800-456-3984, or 1-888 4STLUCIA or visit www.stlucia.org
About Saint Lucia
One of the Windward Islands of the West Indies' Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia (pronounced Saint LOO-sha) is nestled halfway down the Eastern Caribbean archipelago. The "Helen of the West Indies," Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - a tropical rainforest and one of the world's few drive-in volcanoes. Culturally rich offerings include the bustling marketplace in the capital of Castries, quaint fishing villages along the coastline, and the annual Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival. Saint Lucia's wide range of accommodations includes world-class five-star resorts, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns and value-oriented properties. Saint Lucia also is home to world class cruise and yachting facilities. The island is continually recognized as one of the Leading Wedding and Honeymoon destinations worldwide.