Eleuthera All That Jazz 2016 all over Eleuthera

In the Best of Eleuthera series I want to highlight the upcoming festival of Eleuthera All That Jazz 2016 – happening all over Eleuthera from March 30th – April 3rd.

As many of you are aware this raises much needed funds for the Haynes Library – last year over $40,000- a fabulous effort.

One of the very talented Mark Coeffic's pictures from 2015
One of the very talented Mark Coeffic’s pictures from 2015

The festival kicks off this year on Wednesday 30th March at 7pm with a session up at the Rainbow Inn….. The first night is always exciting and the Rainbow Inn is taking reservations so you can eat as well as enjoy the music. There is the usual $20 cover charge. The Rainbow Inn will have a large tented area with a stage for the musicians and plenty of space for music lovers – their experience with organizing a venue is second to none so expect this to be a great start to the Festival……

On Thursday late afternoon 5.30 pm there are jazz vespers at the lovely St Patrick’s Church overlooking the harbor – I am personally looking forward to this one as I didn’t make it to this last year…. This showcases the use of music as a non denominational spiritual inspiration….. It lasts about an hour

2014 Vespers Jazz at St Patrick’s church – Marc Coeffic

Later that evening the venue shifts to 1648 – French Leave – at 7.30 pm – again a $20 cover charge and you need to make a reservation. See the flyer below for all the phone numbers needed to make reservations…….. This is a new venue for the Jazz Festival and I’m sure it will be great !

Friday has another brand new venue at lunchtime in Rock Sound – the Wild Orchid waterfront restaurant – from 12.00 – 2.30pm and then later the usual great turnout for Jammin’ at Fish Fry. This is always a wonderful night and this year there is the exciting addition of Junkanoo Meets Jazz – with the Harbour Boys Jazz Rush – don’t miss this.

Friday night at Fish fry - again courtesy of Mark Coeffic
Friday night at Fish fry – again courtesy of Mark Coeffic

Saturday morning at the Haynes Library sees the workshop for young local people interested in music – called Meet the Instruments – where participating jazz musicians introduce their instruments to children interested in playing. This is in its third year and is the brain child of UK based Chris Smith – it is a great initiative and one that truly deserves all our support.

Saturday at 6pm the Reception starts at the big Levy Concert – a major part of the whole Festival. Tickets are $75 in advance or $100 on the door….

Sunday is the last day with the On The Rocks Lunchtime Concert from 12.30 – 3.30pm. Word has it that a top chef is coming in from the US to do the food – sounds good to me !

This year all of the musicians are staying out at the privately hired Cocodimamma resort – so there will be plenty of leisure time jamming’ between themselves……

Check out some of the artists appearing on their Facebook pages or websites……

Young King Solomon Hicks who was here 2 years ago – a fantastic talent and still only about 21 !!

Gabrielle Stravelli who is appearing with her quintet featuring Scott Robinson

Johnny Schutten – long time Eleutheran home owner and regular every year at Tippy’s

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