What does it even mean? Much of the press coverage of the arty side of the 2012 Olympics – culminating at the moment with the London 2012 Festival – has involved head-scratching about what the hell it actually is.
Why do jazz and photography go together so well? Few other forms of music have so fascinated photographers. Images from jazz’s golden age, the forties and fifties, have filled many a coffee table book – hundreds of pictures of instrumentalists on the poky stages of smoke-wreathed New York jazz clubs.
With a month to go until the winner of the 2011 Mercury Prize is announced at least one shortlisted artist could be forgiven for not bothering to prepare a victory speech.
The setting is one that makes avoiding clichés a challenge; spectacular white sands, coconut palms, and glistening turquoise ocean-think Bounty advert and you’d be halfway there. What sets St Lucia apart from the rest of the Caribbean islands though, are those five days in May when the island is penetrated with the sound of jazz, playing host to one of the largest and most prestigious Jazz festivals in the world. This year’s buzz centred around the 20th anniversary of the festival, inviting headliners Trey Songz, John Legend, and the legendary Chuck Brown, among others.
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