Keeping Jazz Alive in Barbados 2014

January 27, 2014

“Jazz is about being in the moment”  Herbie Hancock

January is traditionally jazz month in Barbados.  BJS applauds Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari and Honey Jazz 2014 for maintaining the tradition for keeping jazz alive in Barbados.

Tom Hinds of Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari, Naniki Jazz Festival Barbados 2014(web)brought jazz patrons 6 days of exciting jazz music with a Jazz Adventure in Barbados 2014 at Sea Rocks Dome, Harrison’s Cave, and the Naniki Amphitheatre. This thrilling jazz journey, now in its second year, included Barbados own, saxophonist Arturo Tappin, The Oscar Peterson Legacy Trio, Randy Weston, Mary Wilson of the Supremes in The Story of Lena Horn, and more at Jazz 2014

Honey Jazz . . . ladies sing the blues promised an evening of sweet jazz and did not disappoint. Backed by musicians from the 1688 Collective, the ladies gave the audience just a taste of their amazing potential. View highlights from the show at

Produced by Ebonnie Rowe, the Honey Jazz concert is a spin-off of Honey Jam Barbados, and a fundraiser for an artist development program that offers mentoring, educational, and showcasing opportunities for young female artists.

People have taken time out of their day and spent their money to come sit down at a concert. And it’s jazz music-it’s not easy for them to get to it. I don’t want them ever to feel that I’m taking their presence lightly. Wynton Marsalis

* Post prepared by Susan E. Bain

Kudos to Boo Rudder and the Musician’s Collective; Jazz for Father’s Day June 16, 2013

“You can read all the textbooks and listen to all the records, but you have to play with musicians that are better than you.”  Stan Getz – American tenor saxophonist

Kudos to Boo Rudder and the Musician’s Collective for a terrific show!

Jazz for Father’s Day followed Stan Getz’s advice in showcasing the exceptional talent of young Barbadian musicians with our veteran jazz musicians. If you missed this show, Boo promises more events.

Some of the highlights were the exceptional synergies between alto saxophonist Mylon Clarke and trumpeter Kweiku Jalani, and the beautiful duet with Barbados’ first ladies of jazz, veterans CiCi & Lillian Lorde who brought patrons to their feet.

The Musicians Collective is a group of serious Jazz musicians seeking to build a platform for working musicians to develop the skills of the young and talented players.

Well done. The Barbados Jazz Society was pleased to support this event. We look forward to showcasing more of Barbados’ jazz talent.

Let’s Keep Jazz Alive!

December 2012 – Jazz on the Mound at Barbados Community College

“When you are studying Jazz best thing to do is listen to records & live music as much you can & absorb everything.” Carla Bley – jazz pianist & composer

Monday December 10th, BJS members were at Music on the Mound, a full day of great music performed by students of at Barbados Community College Music Department. The jazz segment was brilliant. Ensembles (small big

Andre Woodvine combo
Andre Woodvine combo

bands) and combos (quintets & sextets) entertained the enthusiastic jazz audience with the music of Coltrane, Nicholas Payton, jazz pianist Adrian Clarke, Mongo Santamaria, and others. The learning curve with each performance was amazing to watch; one could just imagine how much each musician will improve as they gain more confidence and exposure.

BCC Performance Hall David Carnegie Combo

The Mound is the grassy area outside the Performance Hall where there wascovered seating for the audience. The boys from St. Leonard’s Secondary School kept the audience well supplied with hotdogs, hamburgers, and delicious mauby, the proceeds of which will help to offset production costs.

The BJS applauds Music Department Director, Roger Gittens and tutors Stefan van den Bossche, Andre Woodvine, and David Carnegie for their dedication to keeping jazz alive in Barbados.