Broadway singer/dancer/actor/director/choreographer Ted Louis Levy, a favourite at the Broadway to Barbados shows, will be performing at the Honey Jazz Gala fundraising concert coming up on Saturday, January 26 at Frank Collymore Hall. This was announced at the recent launch at Corky’s Garage. Mr. Levy has received an Emmy Award and been nominated for a Tony as well as an NAACP award. He has worked with Spike Lee, Gregory Hines, Harry Connick Junior among other luminaries and is recognized as one of America’s premier Tap Dance Artists.
Mr. Levy said:“I am looking forward to being a part of your awesome Honey Jazz event. I believe “Art” helps in the elevation of our complete lives, as it is all around us. JAZZ is one of the loves of my life. I hope I can compliment the show and help raise the awareness and funds for the artist development programmes that will help them continue the great work with young artists. I adore Barbados and any opportunity to enjoy its peaceful elegance is one not to be missed. I’ve also always wanted to collaborate with local artists.”
Mr. Levy will be joined by a local cast including Toni McIntosh, Leigh Phillips, Jabari Browne, Jessica Rose, Adrianna Myers, Akeiba Innis, Hashim Durant, Alyx Alanis, Dannyele Leslie and a band led by Mylon Clarke.
Canadian Artist Domanique Grant will also be joining the lineup: “I’m excited to kick off 2019 by travelling to Barbados and performing at Honey Jazz! Aside from taking the stage, this showcase means a lot to me because proceeds will go towards supporting programs for young women in music, a similar program to Honey Jam Canada, which really helped me develop and find my voice as a young artist. With music in Barbados known for being World renown, I’m even more ecstatic to hear the line up of Barbadian artists and to share the stage with them to celebrate a new generation of talent. “
Back again to host will be Caroline Reid: “I am so pleased to be back for another exciting Honey Jazz Gala event. Over the years it has been amazing to see the event grow and the talent continue to wow audiences. I am truly excited for this year and especially because we get to welcome my friend Ted Louis Levy, to add a new element to the show. Also, for the first time we’re going to have a co-host and I’m happy to welcome Kirk Brown to the Honey Jazz family to share the stage with me as we introduce this year’s great lineup.”
Organizers are doing their sponsor a music student drive once again encouraging individuals and corporate Barbados to help young students experience the concert and introduce Jazz to a new generation. Two past beneficiaries of this initiative will take the stage at the concert. Pannist Hashim Durant and vocalist Jessica Rose.
Producer Ebonnie Rowe mentioned that Canadian radio station Jazz FM was promoting the event and doing a contest for listeners to win a trip to Barbados to attend. “I’m so excited to add these new elements and for the show to grow and continue to raise it’s profile outside of Barbados. Just yesterday I received an email from someone from the Ukraine who had heard about it online and will be flying in.”
Patrons can look forward to a great night of live entertainment starting with the a pre-show mixer featuring a Maybelline sponsored red carpet, door prizes, entertainment by the jazz band Blue Lagoon and the re-launch of Purity Bakeries Cravings deserts. This will be followed by the concert and after party.