Alliance Française & United Insurance partner with Dominica's Jazz 'n Creole 2014
(Roseau, Dominica – May 7, 2014). Through partnership with Alliance Française de la Dominique, Discover Dominica Authority added another artist to the already exciting Jazz 'n Creole 2014 line up. On Wednesday morning Mr. Stanislas Riener, director at Alliance Française de la Dominique announced that the Jacques Schwarz-Bart Voodoo Trio is the latest addition to the Sunday June 8th line up.
Jacques Schwarz-Bart, dubbed Brother Jacques, is an internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist of Guadeloupian heritage now based in New York, who has a rich background performing alongside such names as Roy Hargrove, Danilo Perez, Ari Hoenig, Meshell n'Degeocello, D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, and Eric Benet. More recently, Jacques, whose fertile brain seems to never rest, has launched new projects, ranging from straight jazz to Caribbean roots music. He has created a project that synergizes modern jazz and ritual voodoo music from Haiti. The Jazz Racine Haiti project was released by Motema Music in January 2014, and while remaining a jazz project, the music is lifted by the powerful spirituality of voodoo music. Band members and audience seem to be sailing together on a sea of light. The trio, which takes the stage at Fort Shirley, will feature vocals by Moonlight Benjamin and Claude Saturne on the voodoo drums.
Nathalie Walsh, Sales & Marketing Manager of Platinum Partner Digicel Dominica, announced during the Wednesday morning press conference that customers attending the Jazz 'n Creole main stage on June 8 can expect to get in additional to world class entertainment, chances to win cash and other great prizes by participating in exciting promotions and games. Digicel will also be offering deals on handsets and data plans. Walsh stated that the company's continued support of Dominica's Jazz 'n Creole is a testament of their efforts to promote the development of the country's musical heritage.
Nigel Shillingford, local marketing coordinator and PRO, at United Insurance Company, announced that for the second year, United Insurance has partnered with Dominica's Jazz 'n Creole. Shillingford indicated that the company embraces opportunities to work with projects which build culture and he sees the festival as an avenue which bridges generational gaps and broadens the horizons of Dominica. Taking from the company's slogan "You're in Safe Hands with United", Mr. Shillingford indicated that the company is with DDA and DFC every step of way in the planning and staging of Jazz 'n Creole 2014.
Manager of RiverStone Bar & Grill, Mrs. Maxine Alleyne-Esprit, provided the media and those present with a taste of what patrons can expect at the penultimate Jazz Fringe on Saturday June 7 at her property on the Laurent River in Belles. Riverside Jazz...& Creole will feature Michele Henderson doing the Jazz element and Chubby, Ko, and Victor of Midnight Groovers doing the Creole, back up by Michele's Band, Mrs. Esprit also promised that another act will be announced soon. Entrance to RiverSide Jazz 'n Creole is $20, and a shuttle service is being offered with advanced bookings from the Roseau area as well as for patrons coming from the Marigot area. She encourages the support the expanding fringe element of Dominica's Jazz 'n Creole.
Dominica's Jazz 'n Creole 2014 main stage event on Sunday June 8th at Fort Shirley in the Cabrits National Park is headlined by Grammy winning singer/songwriter Angelique Kidjo. Grammy winning producer/composer/pianist Marlow Rosado y La Riqueña; Heston Francis; the 8th Note Jazz Band; and Breve will also take the stage. Dominica's Jazz 'n Creole 2014 is presented by the Government of Dominica, with headline partner Discover Dominica Authority and Platinum partner Digicel…the bigger better network. The event is also made possible through support from Alliance Francaise de la Dominique, United Insurance, J. Astaphan & Co. Ltd, Fort Young Hotel, Rejens Hotel, and WinAir.