2002 Performers

Jazz Festival 2002 Lineup

Click for Biography Abdullah Ibrahim
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.... read more

Click for Biography Angélique Kidjo
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.... read more

Click for Biography Branford Marsalis
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

Click for Biography Buddy Guy
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

Click for Biography Carl Gustave
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

Click for Biography Chucho Valdés
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.... read more

Click for Biography Courtney Pine
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.... read more

Click for Biography Denys Baptiste
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.... read more

Click for Biography En Vogue
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

Click for Biography Heath Bros
Three brothers, Jimmy Percy and Tootie Heath, make up this dynamic jazz group and arguably the world’s favourite "Jazz Family."... read more

Click for Biography India Arie
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.... read more

Click for Biography 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!... read more

Luther Francois
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 Festival.

Click for Biography 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

Click for Biography Smokey Robinson
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 more

Click for Biography Stephanie Mills
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.... read more

Click for Biography Vesta Williams
Make no mistake Vesta Williams is music for love, as she seamlessly blends the sounds of R&B;, funk and jazz.... read more

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