|Jazz Festival 2002 Lineup
Perhaps the most gifted African musician working within the fused ancestral
streams of African-American music, Abdullah Ibrahim, formerly known as Dollar
Brand, is a pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader and teacher....
Musical influences on this Benin native’s music include Afro-funk, reggae,
samba, salsa, gospel, jazz and any number of others. Kidjo is one of the
spunkiest, most electrifying performers today....
One of the premiere jazz saxophonists playing today, Branford has won several
Grammys and nominations as well as accolades from the contemporary jazz
world.... read more
As the king of the contemporary Chicago blues scene, celebrity superstars
patiently queue up to meet and jam with the legendary Buddy Guy. Jimi Hendrix,
Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan have all idolized this blues
master, who still remains an intrinsically humble icon, quick to give credit
where credit's due.... read more
Carl Gustave is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer. His musical
style is a melting pot of blues, jazz, reggae, rock and soul.
When watching Gustave perform, audiences from around the world have been
witness to an artist delivering his set with conviction and raw emotion..... read more
With his brilliant blending of Afro-Cuban traditions, jazz and jazz/rock,
Chucho Valdés is considered by many as the greatest jazz pianist in Cuba and
perhaps one of the greatest pianists in the world....
The most popular and influential British jazz musician of his generation, Pine
fuses music from his Jamaican heritage with contemporary jazz, hip-hop and club
music. Winner of the OBE, his debut album Journey To The Urge Within made
history as the first serious jazz album ever to make the British Top 40....
A Londoner whose family originally came from St. Lucia, this saxophonist and
composer fuses a wide variety of music genres to create a jazz sound that is
highly seasoned with all manner of exotic spices, from Caribbean to hip hop....
Style and grace has always been the calling card of this female supergroup.
Since their 1990 debut, En Vogue has released three full length multi-platinum
albums, one best selling EP, and a slew of history making videos that have
carried the torch for one of pop’s most venerated and imitated institutions,
the girl group.... read more
Three brothers, Jimmy Percy and Tootie Heath, make up this dynamic jazz group
and arguably the world’s favourite "Jazz Family."...
A seven-time Grammy nominee this year, this newcomer has certainly caught the
world’s attention with her debut album Acoustic Soul, which offers rich layered
lyrics and catchy moving guitar rifts....
Los Hombres Calientes
Known for their awesome live performances, this New Orleans-based jazz group
incorporates Cuban, African and South American rhythmical influences to create
a fiery mix of rhythms that will make you want to get up and dance!...
Composer and horn player, Luther Francois was celebrated all over the Caribbean
for helping to create Caribbean jazz. He was a founder of the pioneering West
Indies Jazz Band, one of the 15 acts to play at the first St. Lucia Jazz
Ronald "Boo" Hinkson
As a musician, producer, arranger, composer and performer, Ronald "Boo" Hinkson
has been making sweet music in his homeland 'Simply Beautiful' St. Lucia for
more than three decades. Influenced by his mother, who taught him how to play
guitar, Boo Hinkson has become a household name throughout the Caribbean
region.... read more
This R&B legend soared to popularity as lead singer for the Miracles and as
a prolific Motown writer. His solo achievements in the music industry led to
his 1986 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1989 he was
named a Grammy Living Legend.... read
From her success in the smash Broadway hit "the Wiz", to five gold albums and a
certified million selling album, this diva’s appeal is timeless....
Make no mistake Vesta Williams is music for love, as she seamlessly blends the
sounds of R&B;, funk and jazz.... read