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Tuesday, April 05, 2005 - The St. Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) has disclosed plans for the staging of one of the main components of St. Lucia Jazz – Tea Time Jazz - at La Place Carenage in the heart of the city.

Tea Time Jazz, into its 8th year is said to be unduplicated, remaining a “one-of-a-kind” experience that combines fine duty-free shopping, dining and leisure with the best of local musical talent. SLASPA’s General Manager Mr. Vincent Hippolyte says the unique concept has not compromised St. Lucia Jazz, as it continues to hold it own, ever evolving and attracting record crowds.

According to Mr. Hippolyte, “SLASPA remains very proud of having Tea Time Jazz every year. It is something that we look forward to as we believe that it adds value and diversity to jazz in St. Lucia and we will continue to ensure that Tea Time Jazz remains a feature of St. Lucia Jazz every year.”

As the main sponsor of Tea Time Jazz and owner of La Place Carenage duty free- shopping complex, SLASPA has formed, what it says is, an exciting working relationship with the many clients occupying the space within the complex. That relationship in the words of store owner Al Herman has brought gains to both parties, and is especially noticeable during Tea Time Jazz. “St. Lucians probably think all too often that this is just for other people and not for themselves. The fact is that prices here even with duty paid are no different from any other shop anywhere in St. Lucia. It’s a good place to buy, it’s air conditioned and far more comfortable than many other places,” said an energetic Herman who manages Banana Beach.


Main organizer of St. Lucia Jazz - the St. Lucia Tourist Board - continues to endorse Tea Time Jazz, viewing it as one of the many vehicles allowing government to realize its mandate of taking jazz to the people. Public and Visitor Relations Manager – St. Lucia Tourist Board Kirby Allain says “a few years ago we re-branded what was called St. Lucia Jazz Festival to simply St. Lucia Jazz. We felt that we had made sufficient strides around the world with the event to call it own, something uniquely St. Lucian that we can mark made and from St. Lucia.”

Tea Time Jazz has also made that bold statement Allain says, “but they did so from the very outset, allowing St. Lucian musicians a unique opportunity to perform on a small local stage but with regional and international audiences watching and truly enjoying what we as St. Lucians have to offer.”

For this year’s line up, gospel recording artist Shirley Ann Cyril-Mayers will launch a new album as she shares the stage with Busta Emerald Steel, Barbara Ann Cadet and the group Nexus with well know musical diva Nicole David as hostess. Tea Time Jazz runs from May 2nd – 5th, 2005.

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