Pan Jazz 2010: A-List, new-generation line-up at Lincoln Center (39592)
Pan Jazz 2010: A-List, new-generation line-up at Lincoln Center (39591)

The 6th installment of Pan Jazz U.S is HUGE! The bigger-than life, multi-disciplinary cultural, June 19 production, presented under the banner of Pan Jazz 2010, focuses on the theme, “Folklore Tales of the Caribbean” and introduces the enchanting mythical Caribbean characters of the islands of Trinidad and Tobago.

Pan Jazz 2010 is produced by Abstract Entertainment Inc., under the direction of the esteemed Brian MacFarlane, one of the Caribbean’s most acclaimed artistic directors, who is known for his exhilarating, highly structured displays of art, MAS, and most recently his fantastic production for the Summit of the Americas. The amazing MacFarlane, who was just awarded the 2012 contract for the Olympics design presentation will bring the “Folklore Tales of the Caribbean” theme to life at the exciting multi-layered production, which will take over several venues at Lincoln Center.

At 4:30p.m, a 2-hour reception featuring a complementary “Taste of the Caribbean Festival” kicks off Pan Jazz 2010 at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Atrium. Sponsored by Sugar Cane, Tropical Paradise, Negril Village, Spoon Bread and Heineken, the focus of this portion of the program, highlights food, beverages, unique merchandise and entertainment.

The main event, “Folklore Tales of the Caribbean” will take place from 7pm -9:15p.m at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, and will be hosted by Wendy Fitzwilliams, the former Miss Trinidad & Tobago Universe, as well as Miss Universe, who earned a law degree from the University of the West Indies and who during her reign served as UNAIDS and UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador.

This segment will feature a superb line-up of next generation musicians of the Pan Jazz genre. Inclusive the fresh, unique steel pannists Freddy Harris 3rd, Leon Foster Thomas and Andre White, who will perform their innovative musical arrangements that will drive steelpan aficionados absolutely wild.

The star attraction will feature the phenomenal avant-garde trumpet player/bandleader, Etienne Charles on horns playing special selections from his latest CD “Folklore.” Sharing the stage with Charles will be Ben Williams (bass)) who recently won the coveted Thelonious Monk Award, Buddy Williams (bass) Jacques Schwartz-Bart (sax) as well as a corps of Shango Drummers and a rhythm section.

In addition, the brilliant group 3 Canal 1, known for their Rapso style genre of music, makes for an innovative cultural fit as they adapt their hit music to jazz for

this year’s program . And as if all of this was not enough, following this fantastic segment, there will be a private post-VIP Reception / Meet and Greet the Artist, which will commence at 9:45p.m.

Pan Jazz 2010 is one of our favorite National Caribbean Heritage Month productions and is highly recommended by Caribbean Lingo. Trust me, this is one event that you don’t want to miss on Father’s Day. It’s a definite 5-star must-experience Caribbean cultural tradition in New York City.

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