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Scott, Pérez, Aldana to Headline Port-au-Prince Jazz Festival

By Shannon J. Effinger   I  Feb 20, 2017   11:38 AM

Now in its 11th year, the Port au Prince International Jazz Festival (PAPJazz Fest) forges ahead as planned, in spite of having weathered yet another storm in the form of Hurricane Matthew last fall. Presenting artists from 13 different countries over eight days, this latest edition, which runs from March 4–11, will give thousands of festival goers its most eclectic and diverse lineup to date.

“I am very proud to present this newest edition,” said Joël Widmaier, President of the Haiti Jazz Foundation and organizer of PAPJazz, in a recent press release. “We wanted to offer the public a high-quality lineup with multiple expressions, the diversity of which reinforces the spirit of today’s jazz [scene].”

Each stage and venue tells a story of Haiti’s rich and historic past. The Sugar Cane Historical Park (“Parc Historique de la Canne à Sucre”), for example, is a reminder of Haiti’s once thriving economy. Sugar cane was a cash crop for much of the Caribbean, dating as far back as the 17th century.

At The Sugar Cane Historical Park, PAPJazz kicks off with two young vocalists on the rise and a prolific jazz pianist/composer. The night begins with Canadian singer Carol Welsman, winner of six Juno awards. It continues with an inspired collaboration between vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles and trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, who co-produced Charles’ critically-acclaimed 2015 release, Inner Dialogue (Truth Revolution Records).