Keeping jazz alive

There are some persons who are having a direct impact on our tourism efforts without being directly involved in tourism. One such group is the Barbados Jazz Society.

This organisation, as I know it, has a mandate to promote the music of jazz. Over the years they have hosted several jazz concerts while providing exposure to local and young jazz enthusiasts while at the same time embracing visiting and experience players.

While the Barbados Jazz Society has hosted several jazz concerts, the organisation is a non-profit grouping and therefore any funds raised from these concerts are used to further encourage the musical form.

The Barbados Jazz Society will once again be making its presence felt on the local entertainment scene on Tuesday April 30 when they take to the stage at Divi Southwinds Beach Resort with another of their concerts. This concert, however, comes with a difference. For the first time, the concert will be streamed live over the Internet so that Jazz enthusiasts and supporters of Barbados all over the world can tune in.

Barbados and all of its tourism partners need every opportunity to keep the Barbadian message alive and positive; therefore, persons can listen to a broadcast from Divi Southwinds, by using the link and check out the blog for more information.

This concert promises to be yet another special event on the calendar of the Barbados Jazz Society. President Ann Smith indicated that ticket sales are going better than expected and the performers are just about ready to get going.

When I asked her about the future plans for the society in relation to more concerts, Smith was very certain that the society would continue to bring the type of entertainment and promote it as another alternative for visitors on the island to enjoy.

The streaming of these events will also continue in the hope of raising awareness of this type of entertainment and the work of the society and hopefully influence more jazz lovers to visit during the events.

To the Barbados Jazz Society, I would like to say, “Well Done”.

* Tourism is our business, let’s play our part.

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