The Tobago Jazz Experience is Tobago’s biggest annual music event. Celebrating jazz, the indigenous music of Trinidad and Tobago and new music from around the world.
Taking place on one of the world’s most idyllic tropical islands, the festival offers much more than music. It represents everything Tobago is renowned for.
THE TOBAGO JAZZ EXPERIENCE
The Tobago Jazz Experience will be held throughout Tobago. The following communities are just some of the venues that will be hosting this year’s event: Speyside, Scarborough, Castara, Pigeon Point Heritage Park and at various hotels around the island.
The sounds of jazz and world music come to Tobago every April during the main Island festival of the Tobago Jazz Experience.
Music lovers converge on the quaint Island of Tobago to enjoy eleven days of jazz, world beat, salsa, Latin, R&B, soca, reggae and many other forms of contemporary music.
Jazz is the basis for most of the popular music of today, and the Tobago Jazz Experience (TJE) showcases that breadth and content.
Tobago is evolving and changing as it advances in every sphere of life and the Tobago Jazz Experience continues to step with those changes.
Past performers who have graced our stage include George Benson, Erykah Badu, Randy Crawford, Chaka Khan, Trey Songz, Angie Stone, Janelle Monáe, Emeli Sandé, India Arie, Dionne Warwick and Melanie Fiona. This year promises to be the greatest yet.
The desires of even the most diverse music lover can get satisfied.
The festival offers a great opportunity for visitors to have a unique experience of jazz, cultural heritage, culinary delights and historic perspective offering music, landscape, ambience, food, good company and excellent vibes.
The most famous Tobago legend is of Gang Gang Sara, the African witch of Golden Lane. One version is that in the latter half of the 18th Century, on a stormy night, she was blown from her home in Africa across the sea to Tobago and landed quite safely at the village of Les Coteaux.
From there she journeyed to Golden Lane in search of her family who had long been transported there. She lived to a ripe old age. Gang Gang Sarah was the loving wife of Long Tom, whom legend says she had known as a child in her native Africa.
After Tom died, wishing to return to her native land, she tried to fly, not knowing she had lost the art of flight as a result of eating salt.
To this day, the names of Tom and Sara can be seen inscribed upon two headstones in Golden Lane where some claim they lie side by side for over two hundred years.