The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS will host the Brent Birckhead Quartet for a four-nation Eastern Caribbean tour to Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, and Dominica from April 24 to 27, 2015.
The leader of the quartet is accomplished American saxophonist Brent Birckhead, and he will be accompanied by jazz pianist, Mark Meadows; percussionist, Carroll Dashiell, III; and bassist, Romeir Mendez. These gifted musicians will perform progressive interpretations of works of American jazz that will leave audiences with a greater appreciation for this genre of music.
The U.S. Embassy is hosting this series of public concerts to underscore the excellence and diversity of American music, as well as to highlight Jazz Appreciation Month. Initiated by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Jazz Appreciation Month helps highlight the timeless legacy of American jazz singers, composers, and musicians. The Brent Birckhead Quartet’s performance will showcase how celebrated American composers have significantly shaped and influenced jazz. This concert series will appeal to a wide audience, specifically jazz enthusiasts, established and emerging musicians, and music students. The Brent Birckhead Quartet will conduct a master class with a group of young music students in Antigua to help them improve their technique and execution through individualized feedback.
The U.S. Embassy remains committed to facilitating cultural exchange and promoting music as an educational tool and will continue its support of the arts in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean through dynamic cultural initiatives and programming.
This is the text of a media advisory sent out by the US Embassy in Barbados. Shared here to inform jazz and really all music lovers and students of music (see the note re the masterclass).