Barbados will be the launching pad for the inaugural Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari, a unique jazz adventure that will sweep the Caribbean in 2013. The Barbados event will take patrons on a thrilling musical ride from January 17 – 21 for shows at exotic locations around the island.

At the Hilton Barbados launch of the season – Roger Gittens on Piano with Neal Newton on Bass entertained the media

Managing director of Damal Investments and well known promoter of jazz at the Naniki Restaurant, Tom Hinds kicked off the local launch at the Careenage Bar at Needham’s Point, he mentioned how the Barbados event would bring together some of the most exciting jazz musicians from the region and overseas at venues that will delight local music lovers as well as those from around the world.

Sue Springer, Executive Vice-President of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association while speaking at the launch praised Hinds for bringing this new event to Barbados and the Caribbean highlighting its environmental focus and capacity to enhance the attractiveness of the local tourism product.

Director of Human Resources of Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari partner, the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Bonita Morgan also expressed her organization’s commitment to the innovative event, which is already scheduled for Antigua, St Vincent and Grenada after Barbados. She expressed the hope that other Caribbean countries would soon be vying to host a Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari.

The festival which is being marketed internationally by the Barbados Tourism Authority will open with a show entitled “Straight, No Chaser” at the Charles Fort at the Hilton Barbados Resort and headlined by the legendary T.S Monk Quintet featuring Alyson Williams. The line-up will also include Patricia Lowe and Brazilian Percussionist Gilson Silvera.

Tom Hinds – well known promoter of jazz at the Naniki Restaurant as well as managing director of Damal Investments, outlining what’s in store for patrons

This will be followed by “Happy Birthday Cedar Walton” at the Frank Collymore Hall with Nneena Freelon Quartet and the David “Happy” Williams quartet featuring Cedar Walton Saxophonist.

Jazz goes to Harrison’s Cave on the Saturday afternoon for “Rhythm of the Islands” a show that features the exciting Latin vibes of Jane Bunnett and Spirits of Havana, Cuba; Anise Hadeed Collective from Trinidad and Tobago and the Mario Canonge Trio of Martinique.

Barbadians and visitors alike will enjoy a fun-filled family day at Ilaro Court on Sunday January 20 from 1.00 p.m featuring Melani Feona who is very popular with young music lovers, Barbadian wonder – Elan Trotman with a CD Release concert featuring Grammy Award winning keyboardist, Jeff Lorber and New Orleans Revisited with violinist Michael Ward from the USA. There will also be a “Music is Fun” kids tent with an interactive workshop with the stars.

The curtain comes down on the Barbados leg of the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari with the Errol Barrow Day Jazz Picnic at the Naniki Amphitheatre, paying tribute to our local talent with an all star Barbadian cast of 1688 Nonet with the Mighty Gabby in jazz mode, the Malcolm Griffith Quintet with Mike Sealy and vocalist CiCi as well as Calabaza Jazz featuring Errol Bradshaw. The Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari Trust Launch will also take place on that day.

The Barbados event will also have an educational component of musical programmes put on by the Travelling Guitar Foundation to further the musical education of young students who wish to become professional musicians.

The Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari is endorsed by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation and sponsored by LIAT, the Barbados Tourism Authority, Department of Tourism for Antigua & Barbuda, the Frank Collymore Hall, the Grenada Tourist Board, the St Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority, United Insurance, Embassy of United States, Hilton Barbados Resort, Jolly Beach Resort, Mount Cinnamon Resort, Spice Basket, Harrison’s Cave, The Travel House, Caribbean Super Station, The Observer and The Travelling Guitar Foundation.

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