On January 17th, the 9th annual Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival opened with a bang and all attendees enjoyed a near perfect show.
After introductions and short speeches including the MC, ambassadors, delegates, and Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin, Minister of Tourism, the site of the Parc Historique de la Cane à Sucre became filled with diverse sounds of music, each distinct note adding to the excitement of the evening.
The performers at the event were Troker from Mexico, Jean Chardavoine, Haitian-American, and the star of the show, the world-renowned American group Yellow Jackets.
Troker’s music combines funk, rock, and hip-hop with jazz. After Troker’s set, Jean Chardavoine graced the stage with his kreyol-jazz and uplifting tempo.
The talented electric guitarist Chardavoine begins his show with a mixture of traditional tunes, personal compositions, and modern music. “Mèsi Bondye” by Frantz Casséus, ”Ako Ode” and a famous Herbie Hancock composition were of some of the pieces he played. Each piece was more stylish than the other.
The group ‘Yellow Jackets’ literally lifted the audience to an unparalleled level. Each member played an instrumental solo, and the public remained mesmerized and speechless. They played their hearts out, performed lots of well-known tunes, and parlayed with each and everyone during their set. Russell Ferrante, keyboardist, Bob Mintzer, tenor saxophonist and clarinetist, Will Kennedy, drummer and percussion, and Felix Pastorius, son of the legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius are talented musicians who complement one another in this great quartet.
The 9th annual Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival will continue until January 24, 2015. For more information on upcoming events, visit papjazzhaiti.org
Article by Rachele Viard