Barbados celebrated UNESCO International Jazz Day in an easy, breezy Caribbean style at the Divi Southwinds Hotel last evening.
Dubbed Steel Pan and Ivory, local jazz aficionados soaked in the experienced notes of the Ebe Gilkes trio, featuring Gilkes on keyboards, Errol Bradshaw on drums and Richard Evans on upright bass.
With more than a century of talent among them, the trio thrilled with cool jazz classics and familiar numbers as patrons sipped on beers, wine and cocktails.
The Ebe Gilkes trio was also joined by Andr√ Forde on steel pan, giving an added treat to the jazz show.
Tuesday night’s jazz show was hosted by the Barbados Jazz Society, but went beyond the island’s shores, streaming live to Instanbul, Turkey.
It was the culmination of a week of great jazz, starting with a first for the island, a Jazzy Church Service featuring sacred Jazz Music at the Church of Christ the King in Rock Dundo, St. Michael on April 21st. The following day, a panel of celebrated Jazz stalwarts discussed The History of Jazz in Barbados, followed by a Wine and Cheese reception and a film screening at the Morningside Campus of the Barbados Community College. (LW)