Former Miss Universe and current Pan Jazz Ambassador Wendy Fitzwilliam will again serve as this year’s host. Heading this year’s Pan Jazz 2011 Festival is legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, and also returning to Pan Jazz Saxophonist Arturo Tappin from Barbados.
Other highlights will also feature 2012 Olympic contributor and theatrical masterminded Trinidad’s Carnival designer Brian MacFarlane will again provide an abstract visual representation to complement the musician’s repertoire.
The seventh annual presentation — will take place Saturday, June 18 at Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th & Broadway, New York City. It commences at 7:00 PM. The steel pan talent featured this year, Victor Provost and Leon Foster Thomas are meticulously collaborating with Masekela for something very special. Also appearing will be Etienne Charles –who is no stranger to the Pan Jazz stage–bassist Emanuel Chulo Gates, drummer Damon DueWhite , percussionist Gezim Sherifi, and South African pianist & musical director for Pan Jazz 2011 Rashid Lanie.
(Hayden Roger Celestin image)