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Thursday, February 20th, 2020

“A Special Evening with Patti LaBelle,” “Chucho Valdés Summit with Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding,


New York, NY (February 21, 2020) – The 2020 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival Produced in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center announces exciting additions to the lineup for the festival which will take place in Saint Lucia on May 7-9, 2020.

A Special Evening with Patti LaBelle” will feature songstress Patti LaBelle in rare intimate performances at The Ramp on Rodney Bay on May 8 and 9.  "It has been over 10 years since I last performed at the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival. It's such a beautiful island with beautiful people and I can't wait to get back,” said Ms. LaBelle. “I'm really looking forward to performing and being a part of an amazing experience that people won't soon forget!"

Exclusively for the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival, Chucho Valdés and Esperanza Spalding will perform together for the first time in “Chucho Valdés Summit with Joe Lovano and Esperanza Spalding”at Gros Islet Park on May 9. On May 8, Chucho will appear as special guest on Celebrating Roy Hargrove with Willie Jones III Quintet featuring Renée Neufville. For this special performance, Chucho will reprise tunes he and Roy Hargrove recorded on the album Havana which earned Roy his first GRAMMY® in 1997.

Singer and songwriter Lisa Simone will perform at Gros Islet Park on May 7. Her recent stand out -- and sold out -- performances in Martinique highlight her ability to transcend genres and echoes the tradition of her mother and musical icon Nina Simone.

Tickets for the 2020 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival Produced in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center are available via www.stlucia.org/jazz. Discounts are available on tickets purchased before 11:59 AST on March 1, 2020. In addition, hotels and resorts throughout Saint Lucia are offering packages with special rates, tickets, and more. Details can be found on the Specials section of stlucia.org.

The 2020 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival Produced in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center lineup boasts the finest names in modern jazz performing in venues throughout Saint Lucia’s distinct Caribbean landscape, including The Ramp on Rodney Bayand Gros Islet Park from May 7-9.

The diverse lineup showcases artists and repertoire spanning the Caribbean, the U.K. and the U.S. including:

  • Chick Corea Trio with Carlitos Del Puerto and Antonio Sanchez
  • A Special Evening with Patti LaBelle
  • Chucho Valdés Summit Featuring Joe Lovano and Esperanza Spalding
  • Willie Jones III Quintet: Celebrating the Music of Roy Hargrove featuring Renée Neufville and Special Guest Chucho Valdés  
  • Alphonso Horne and the Gotham Kings
  • Ruben Fox’s London Brass Band and Theon Cross and Mark Kavuma
  • Lisa Simone
  • Maher Beauroy presents “Washa!”
  • Poppy Ajudha
  • U.S. Embassy Arts Envoy Sheléa Soul of the Great American Songbook
  • Nightly Jam Sessions

The three-day festival will feature world renowned artists who have performed on Jazz at Lincoln Center’s season concerts, touring initiatives, and global outposts, as well as throughout Saint Lucia Jazz Festival’s 28-year history.
 In addition to world-class performances, the 2020 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival will feature “Artists In Education” initiatives including master classes, professional development, and live performance collaborations with Saint Lucia School of Music students and local jazz artists. 

Saint Lucia has been hosting a vibrant jazz festival annually since 1992. For more than 28 years, the festival has attracted visitors from around the world for events and concerts celebrating multiple forms of international, Saint Lucian and Caribbean jazz music. For more information, go to www.stlucia.org/jazz.

One of the Windward Islands of the West Indies’ Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia is nestled halfway down the Eastern Caribbean archipelago. Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a tropical rainforest, the highly-Instagrammed mud baths at Sulphur Springs Park and one of the world’s few drive-in volcanoes. Culturally rich offerings include the bustling marketplace in the capital of Castries, quaint coastline fishing villages and the annual Saint Lucia Jazz Festival, programmed in partnership with world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center. Saint Lucia's wide range of accommodations includes five-star hotels, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns and value-oriented properties. The destination also offers world-class cruise and yachting facilities. The island is continually recognized as one of the leading wedding and honeymoon destinations worldwide. The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority is the official destination marketing and promotion organization for Saint Lucia. Learn more at www.stlucia.org and follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for Jazz through performance, education and advocacy. With the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and guest artists spanning genres and generations, Jazz at Lincoln Center produces thousands of performance, education, and broadcast events each season in its home in New York City (Frederick P. Rose Hall, “The House of Swing”) and around the world, for people of all ages. Jazz at Lincoln Center is led by Chairman Robert J. Appel, Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, and Executive Director Greg Scholl. Please visit us at jazz.org; follow us on Twitter @jazzdotorg and Facebook; watch our free, global webcasts at new.livestream.com/jazz; and enjoy concerts, education programs, behind-the-scenes footage, programs and more at youtube.com/jazzatlincolncenter.


For U.S. press inquiries, please contact:
Zooey Tidal Jones
Director, Public Relations and External Communications
Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jennifer Maguire
JMCPR for Saint Lucia Tourism Authority