The Opening Night of the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari 2014 – January 16 – will be a fundraiser for the victims of the Christmas Eve storm in St Vincent, the Safari’s last stop in 2013.
The Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari will make a donation to the. Red Cross Relief Fund for St Vincent and the Grenadines of part proceeds of that multi-media show which features Mary Wilson of the Supremes at the Sea Rocks Dome, Barbados Beach Club.
In addition, patrons are being asked to bring along non-perishables or cash donations to support the Barbados Red Cross Relief effort for the Eastern Caribbean. Donation and collection bins will also be set up at every concert in the Barbados leg of the festival.
“I greatly appreciated the support we received for the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari in St Vincent last November, so now in their time of need, we would like to do what we can to assist,” said festival organizer Tom Hinds. “I hope this effort will help the victims of the storms in St Vincent as well as on the islands of the Grenadines, St Lucia and Dominica.”
A weather analogy for survival of life’s challenges is the theme of the festival, “Stormy Weather the Story of Lena Horne”, starring Mary Wilson which headlines the jazz festival on January 16 at the Sea Rocks Dome, Barbados Beach Club, Maxwell.
The show, based on James Gavin’s biography of the singer called Stormy Weather, combines story, song and images to give a defining portrait of singer and civil rights activist Lena Horne. It follows her career from the Cotton Club glory days and the back lots of Hollywood studios to the glitzy but bigoted resorts of Las Vegas.
Mary Wilson, former member of the premier 70s girl group The Supremes is making her second visit to Barbados and coincidentally, the weather was centre stage on her first visit during Independence celebrations in November 1966, which was marred by heavy rain.
Wilson is the headline act for this “Night of the Legends” on January 16 2014 which also features American pianist Randy Weston performing “The Panama Connection” in tribute to his Panamanian connection.
The 2014 Naniki Caribbean Jazz Legends Award for Barbados will also be presented to celebrated international Barbadian drummer Roy Haynes on the night.
Six concerts from January 16 to 21 are included the series for The Jazz Safari now entering its second year.