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Jun 5, 2015

Hundreds Participate in First Even Jazz Festival

Liam Teague

Three hundred and eighteen musicians, twelve engineers, nine international and eleven local bands have signed up and will take part in the festival. The ten-day kicked off this morning with a workshop with jazz musicians from Belize, the U.S. and the Caribbean.


Liam Teague, Head of Steel Band Studies, Northern Illinois University

“I firmly believe that most people around the world are not always consistently exposed to the instruments uniqueness and profundity. And so this is what I try to bring to the table; really highlighting different musical styles and possibilities and combinations that the instrument can relate in. And so the performance tomorrow night will really highlight that and hours worth of different musical styles, working with some of the best musicians here in Belize. Most people when they hear the steel pan, they think about it in the context of calypso music, which is also from Trinidad, or even playing some Latin music, which is fantastic. And then I am also trying to bring those elements as well as music that is influenced by the Middle East or India or classical music or jazz oriented music; a little thing for everybody.”


Luciano Rosado

Luciano Rosado, Trumpeter, Belize International Jazz Festival

“I’m one of the ones that is representing Belize. My role…whatever they tell me to do…stuff like this to promote it. I live dah Illinois…so promote it there and gather musicians. This is the first year, so it is just building so next year, we want to make it even bigger and with more emphasis on musicians that are willing to teach because workshops to me are one of the most important parts and to make Belize hear some really good professionals and what they sound like. The beauty in it is creativity, self-expression; that the individual regardless of weh country dehn deh, dah wah universal language. Like Creole, you got five million Creole speakers in the world and like me and Mister Liam we di talk; we have different accents, but we understand each other ina Creole. Ina jazz, it is the same thing. I played a show with a guy in Cuba, Chichito Valdez. He spoke no English and I spoke no Spanish; we got together but we played [really good] because we speak that common language. So the more people hear the language of music or jazz, the more dehn start to understand it and realize, wow. It takes a high skill level to learn the language, a lot of years of study. It takes a long time and you have to learn from more skilled musicians. And that why I am here. Anybody want come and learn to play trumpet…I noh teach anything else but trumpet. I open for any lessons; I noh deh yah fi make money, I deh yah fi teach.”


The closing concert will be on the June fourteenth at the Romac’s Plaza; entrance fee is ten dollars. 

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