Jazz on the Hill poised to be best ever!
Persons travelled in great numbers from near and far for the all night experience, which featured the warm trumpet sounds of seasoned jazz musician and New York native Tom Browne who was joined by Jeremy Vanterpool and the ever popular Virgin Gorda based Profile Band, Pan Jazz Entertainment and vocalist Lynne Hawkins.
Upon arrival via Speedy sponsored ferry service, patrons were welcomed with a free glass of wine and, while their other drinks for the night had to be purchased, cocktail treats were free of cost.
The pre-festival was overwhelmingly supported by locals and tourists alike who had a treat of their lives. The various jazz performances created a widespread response, there were moments when couples and groups lined the deck of Mooney Bay enjoying counting the stars, while others cuddled on the lawns and when the music called for it, the lawns were riddled with dancing feet.
Among those attending was Director of Tourism Mrs Sharon Flax-Mars who did not allow a night of good music to go to waste as she stole every opportunity to further promote the tourism sector of the Virgin Islands and endorsed the Jazz on the Hill Festival as a significant event on the annual calendar. Flax-Mars said the activity has several spin off effects, in addition to the original intention of raising funds for the St Mary’s School at Virgin Gorda.
The 2013 Jazz on the Hill events will be held on April 26 and 27, 2013 with each night showcasing its own distinct flavour. On Friday April, 26, Coco Maya will be the venue for the Full Moon Jazz Session. This event will feature corporate dining in a relaxed party atmosphere. The jazz performances will be followed by Coco Maya’s electric full moon party, complete with DJ, to top the night off in style.
On Saturday April 27, the St. Mary's Hill will be the place to be for every family, group, couple, or Jazz enthusiast! Patrons will be encouraged to come out, ready to enjoy a fabulous evening of sensational music with top local, regional and international artists.
Despite many challenges in the past, the committee members said that it has been much of a success in years gone by, raising $8,000 to $20,000 which were used to develop the St. Mary's School. Proceeds this year will go to the St. Mary's School and the Early Childhood Centre in Valley, Virgin Gorda. However, judging from the turn out last night, the festival this year is poised to be the biggest ever.
With a specially created full moon atmosphere, patrons of the festival of Jazz on the Hill on April 26 and 27, 2013 are being assured of relaxed party setting with corporate dining. "Patrons looking for corporate dining experience will be able to purchase seats in advance for meals with wine and front row seats to enjoy the allure of several talented artists. "For those who wish to enjoy the show beachside or at the intimate bar, a small entrance fee will allow them freedom to take part in this not to be missed event," said Principal of the St. Mary's School, Ms Laura J. Fox.