April is Jazz Appreciation Month and the Barbados Jazz Society is doing what it can to highlight the music.
Director of the Society, Dale Thorpe told Bajan Vibes that the UNESCO International Jazz Day Church Service was held on Sunday at The Church of Christ the King.
The following day a panel discussion on The History of Jazz in Barbados was held at the Barbados Community College.
“Both events were well attended and well received by the audience and congregation. These events are two of 10 leaving up to International Jazz Day to be celebrated on April 30 with a Steel Pan and Ivory concert at Divi Southwinds featuring Ebe Gilkes on piano and Andre Forde on pan. This concert will be streamed on the web, joining with the global activities that will be highlighted in Istanbul.
“The Barbados Jazz Society is a non-profit organisation committed to the development and promotion of the jazz art form in Barbados. The BJS has staged many events featuring some of the best Barbadian jazz musicians and international jazz pianist Steve Koven since the society was revived in April 2011.
“Jazz and religion have always had strong ties as many of the masters of jazz art form began their musical careers in the Church. This was evident from the reception and thunderous applause received from the congregation at the Jazzy Church service on Sunday. Roger Gittens and friends ensemble received kudos even after the Church service had concluded and the congregation was hungry for more of the jazzy service,” Thorpe said.
Thorpe further noted that for the first time Barbados is represented on the UNESCO site Jazzday.com as one of the many countries joining in a week of celebrations leading up to International Jazz Day and this years’ celebration will be held in Istanbul, Turkey along with the 194 other countries who are participating in this world-wide celebration.
International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artist, historians, academics and jazz enthusiast from all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact.