Where: WASA Grounds, St. Joseph
Cost: $250 advance $300 door
While this was not my first Jazz on the Greens, (I went back in 2008 when it was held in UWI), this would be the first year attending with my friends, and we decided to make it part of my birthday celebrations.
Getting to Jazz was really easy, it took me less than 15 minutes and I made a stop for ice. Parking was a breeze, and was within walking distance of the venue, literally around the corner from where we parked.
We walked with our own chairs but there were lots of chairs available for patrons. Some persons also walked with blankets to sit on the ground. It was cool, and and setting sun made way for a lovely evening.
I absolutely love the picnic style for Jazz.My crew planned, and walked with our own food and drinks. We had bottles of wine, bacon wrapped sausages (yummy!), meatballs, cheese, fruits and so much more. We had enough food and snacks to feed double the number of us that actually went to the Jazz. LOL. We also had samples of the Soldanza products, and I had some of the Angostura cocktails as well.
There was also food and drink on sale.
I will admit to not being the biggest of jazz lovers. I'm a soca girl through and through. But I enjoyed every single performance at Jazz on the Greens. I missed the first performer, Carlton Alexander and the Coalpot Band.
Llettesha Sylvester performed some R&B favorites including Adele, Chrisette Michell and Alicia Keys and ended her set with one of my favourite Jill Scott tunes "One is the Magic Number". LOVED her performance and the performances only got better from there.
The Clifford Charles Quintent did an instrumental set which included Machel Montano and Kerwin Du Bois, and he encouraged patrons to come out of their seats to enjoy the music. People in the crowd actually took out rags and started to wave.
Michele Henderson was up next and WOW, her voice is absolutely amazing! Michele (pronounced Mick-elle) is the Cultural Ambassador from Dominica, and with that performance we could see why as she had the crowd entertained from start to finish. She also demonstrated her skills on the flute
and had the entire crowd enthralled during her performance. She was backed up by Trinidad's very own Dean Williams, Michael Low Chew Tung and Modupe Onilu.
Shortly after Michele's performance we left the venue and made our way home.
While the crowd at Jazz was more on the mature side, there were also younger persons, and in some instances people who brought their kids along. Jazz was, hands down, one of the best non-Carnival events I've been to for the year.
I would give it 4 bebops out of 5.