Debuting in 1993 the Barbados Jazz Festival, celebrating the best in international and local jazz talent, quickly became a major annual Caribbean event.
The venues reflected the diverse nature of the festival… the modern Sir Garfield Sobers gymnasium for a large crowd; the open air Farley Hill National Park for a day of picnicking and jazz; and the historic Sunbury plantation house.
Barbados Jazz Festival
Patrons attending the Barbados Jazz Festival were treated to the delights of all-star performances.
Artists such as Harvey Mason & Diana Jarrett, David Burnett & Dwane Husbands, James Blunt, Kite, Angie Stone, Glenn Lewis, Nexcyx, Chrisette Michele and many more graced the stage.
On December 4, 2010, the producers of the festival announced that it would be cancelled for 2011 due to budgetary constraints. Unfortunately the Barbados Jazz Festival has not been held since this announcement.
Of course we all hope it will return one day soon. Thankfully, there are plenty of great alternatives:
The Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari took its inaugural musical ride in January 2013, launching in the beautiful, historic island of Barbados over five music-filled days.
The Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari is the brainchild of Tom Hinds, managing director of Damal Investments and well-known producer of high-quality jazz events at his scenic Naniki Restaurant and Lush Life Resort in St. Joseph, Barbados.
The unique event is under the aegis of Damal Investments, the Caribbean Tourism Organization and the tourism authorities of Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada.
Since its inception, the concert series has continued in the breathtaking islands of Antigua, Grenada, St. Vincent, and Suriname, featuring an impressive lineup of international musicians, with the signature annual launch in Barbados each January.
Performers including Roy Haynes, Randy Weston, Mary Wilson, The Oscar Peterson Legacy Band, Cedar Walton, David ‘Happy’ Williams, T.S. Monk and many more.
The Naniki Jazz brand is building worldwide recognition and becoming synonymous with tourism development by combining inspired and high quality jazz musical performances with educational programs and leisure activities such as golf and bridge.