Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Pan Jazz 2010 at Lincoln Center

Summer's in the air, and we just heard about a great way to help ring it in officially: some steel drums, free Caribbean food, and a visit from Miss Universe that's happening over at Lincoln Center. Here's the flier and you can find the press release below.

Official Press Release:
In a dramatic move into brand-new territory, the producers of the 2010
version of Pan Jazz have re-shaped the annual Father's Day weekend steel
pan showcase to include such special features as former Miss Universe
Wendy Fitzwilliam serving as emcee, musical input from the renowned
rapso artists 3 Canal, a major theatrical element masterminded by the
award-winning Trinidad Carnival designer Brian MacFarlane and the entire
production formatted to the theme of "Folklore Tales of the Caribbean."

The blockbuster event - the sixth annual presentation -- will roll out
Saturday, June 19 at Frederick P. Rose Hall Home of Jazz at Lincoln
Center, Broadway & 60th Street, Manhattan. It commences at 7:00 PM. The
steel pan talent being featured will this year highlight the next
generation of dynamos of the instrument, including Leon Foster Thomas,
Andre White and Freddie Harris Jr. Thomas, White and Harris have all
served serious notice that they are ready to assume a place in the front
ranks of pan soloists, White having also already notched his first
Panorama win as arranger in the 2008 Brooklyn Panorama. Complementing
musicians include the versatile horn player Etienne Charles (who is no
stranger to the Pan Jazz stage), bassist Benjamin Williams, drummer
Brennen Temple and saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart.

The scheduling of Pan Jazz on Father's Day weekend was always a
deliberate gift offering for dads and this year is no exception, with
the enhancements being made to the package intended, in the words of
executive producer Ralph Ramsey, "to keep it forever fresh. We are
committed to doing whatever we think would ensure that it doesn't lose
its attractiveness."

"Folklore Tales of the Caribbean" was in part inspired by Folklore, the
title of the most recent CD release from Etienne Charles. Given form and
dramatic presence via Brian MacFarlane's theatrics, mythical characters
drawn primarily from the folklore of Trinidad and Tobago will provide an
added dimension to the evening's musical offerings. Apart from Charles,
who is expected to perform pieces from his CD, the output from other
artists will similarly hew to the folkloric theme, within the jazz
context that remains the core discipline of the Pan Jazz event.

Wendy Fitzwilliam, who has been named global ambassador for Pan Jazz,
brings to the duties of emcee an appreciation and love for jazz that she
has nurtured since in her teens. Serving as host in an environment she
so thoroughly enjoys amounts to a major treat for the former Miss
Universe who, as Trinidad and Tobago's representative in the pageant,
captured the title in 1998.

The addition of the acclaimed 3 Canal to the mix further underscores the
commitment to thematic consistency, as some of their repertoire pieces,
such as "Blue" and "Salt" tend to be set in the nocturnal or occult
realm. The threesome's fetching rapso deliveries have sustained their
solid audience appeal pretty much wherever they appear internationally.

Another eagerly anticipated element is the input from MacFarlane, given
his impressive track record in the world of design. A multiple winner of
the Band of the Year award in Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival, he was
also the artistic director for a cultural extravaganza arranged for
delegates to the Summit of the Americas held in Port of Spain in March

Preceding the show will be a "Taste of the Caribbean Festival," from
4:30 to 6:30 PM in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Atrium. A smorgasbord of
Caribbean food and drink, as well as live entertainment, will be served
up to Pan Jazz ticket holders. Sponsors for this pre-show bonus feature
are Tropical Paradise Restaurant, Sugarcane, Negril Village, Spoonbread
and Allan's Bakery and more.

Ticket prices for Pan Jazz 2010 "Folklore Tales of the Caribbean" start
at $45. Tickets may be purchased at Jazz at Lincoln Center
(212-721-6500) or online at: www.panjazz.com. Pan Jazz 2010 is a
production of Abstract Entertainment Inc.
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