St. Lucia tuning up for annual jazz festival

CASTRIES, St. Lucia -- Cool jazz on warm shores is the forecast for the 11th annual St. Lucia Jazz Festival, to be held May 3 to 12.

The 10-day event features music, dancing, festivities and, of course, jazz everywhere.

Scheduled to perform during the festival are nine jazz acts, as well as pop, soul and world beat musicians.

Confirmed acts include Buddy Guy, Angelique Kidjo, Branford Marsalis, Luther Francois, Chucho Valdes, the Heath Brothers, Los Hombres Calientes and Stephanie Mills.

Headline acts will be announced this month.

A number of hotels plan to offer special jazz festival packages and rates.

For more information on the festival, visit the Web site at www.stluciajazz.org.

For details on packages and rates, e-mail the St. Lucia Tourist Board at [email protected].

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