Cheryl Hughey

Cheryl Hughey

A weary traveler need not look far during the Barbados Jazz Festival for interesting musical and culinary adventures. Journalists were introduced to the flavors of the scenic island during lunch on a marina walkway at the Waterfront Cafe on Wednesday, January 13, 2010.

As described on the website at, the restaurant is located "...on the Careenage (marina) in the middle of historic Bridgetown, the restaurant offers nightly entertainment, full bar and an a la carte menu …

Watching Elio Villafranca last night, January 14, 2010, at the post Crane Resort and Residences (St. Philip) for the Barbados Jazz Festival was a sumptuous buffet of Cuban and jazz flavors. The interplay between Villafranca and band members like Jane Bunnett (flute and sax) painted a colorful contrast to the festival. The rhythmic variations of the songs created an interesting flow that allowed the band to stretch their artistic legs a bit. Having two percussionists added layers of sonic vibrati …
Last night, January 15, 2010, Lalah Hathaway and band performed a touch of jazz and ample servings of R&B at the Barbados Jazz Festival.

The concert for the evening was held on the picturesque grounds of the residence of the Barbados Prime Minister (David Thompson) at Ilaro Court in St. Michael. Guest wore fanciful dress for this most honored occasion. A barefoot Ms. Hathaway and the musicians chose more casual attire of blue jeans.

Hathaway, a Berklee graduate, treated guests a small ta …

January 17, 2010 events at the Barbados Jazz Festival were held at Farley Hill National Park in St. Peter. The location is held atop a beautiful cliffside park with a scenic view below of the water, beach and rolling hills that is just a short walk from the bandstand. Acts featured on this pleasantly warm Caribbean afternoon/evening with a few setup delays were Bwakore, Tizer (featuring Lao Tizer, Chieli Minucci and Karen Briggs) and Robin Thicke.

A playful Lao Tizer generously took the time …

During the final performance of the Barbados Jazz Festival on January 17 at Farley Hill National Park, music fans were once again treated to world class Barbadian and international talent. Appearances included Warren Hill, Babyface, Arturo Tappin (with a special appearance by Toni Norville), Marisa Lindsay and Alex M.

Tappin, a Barbadian contemporary jazz saxophonist, expertly delivered the goods to his home crowd. Toward the end of the concert, he stepped into the massive audience and played …

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Internationally acclaimed musician Delfeayo Marsalis Tours the U.S. with His Original Theatrical Jazz Production

Sweet Thunder Honoring Duke Ellington and William Shakespeare

Major U.S. Tour Will Stop in 36 Cities and Towns from January 19 to May 6, 2011
Featuring Marsalis, Actor Kenneth Brown, Jr., and Jazz Octet

Simultaneous Release of Sweet Thunder CD on Troubadour Jass Records < …

Guitarist Blake Aaron Biography Blake Aaron has come a long way from the kid who played rock shows on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood and toured with R&B acts like The Drifters, The Coasters, Little Anthony, Mary Wells, and Bobby Womack. Aaron, who, even from the beginning and through it all, always loved, played and studied jazz, is a guitarist who is known best for his passionate musical style, his memorable compositions, his soul and technical expression on the instrument, and his ability to connec …
Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project recently released two CD set, "Here and Now Live in Concert." This snapshot of the group features a retrospective look at many of the favorite songs of Caribbean Jazz Project fans. Although most of the tunes are re-recordings, the arrangements are fresh and full of the fiery intensity that fans have grown to expect from one of the hottest Latin acts in jazz today.

"Here and Now Live in Concert" is the first Caribbean Jazz Project live album ever re …


Erin Bode

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
In the world of jazz, there are often two kinds of vocalists - the ones who sing and the ones who speak to the heart. It’s the singers who irresistibly whisper to your soul that you remember. Listen to Erin Bode and you’ll soon realize she’s someone you won’t forget.

The youngest of four children, Bode grew up the average daughter of a Lutheran minister. From celebrations to funerals, music was part of everyday life. Children in the home were actively encouraged to take up lessons at …


Ray Vega

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
It isn’t often that a concert reviewer is caught dancing in the isles. Trumpeter Ray Vega managed to make me do just that at a recent concert at Jazz at the Bistro in St. Louis, Missouri. His enticing salsa rhythms and progressive harmonies captivated the audience of the crowded jazz club. However, it was his love of life and gentle spirit that enticed JazzReview to learn more. I read somewhere that you were a frustrated saxophone player.

Ray Vega : I’m not a …