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HARBOURTOWN BONAIRE JAZZ FESTIVAL
21 22 2005
A small place for great Latin and
Bonaire is a small and beautiful island, well known as
"divers paradise" and an excellent place for windsurfing championships and
But Bonaire is also a music island: a variety of folkmusic
combined with reggae, salsa and tumba. Latin and Caribbean jazz can be found on
a number of places as well.
The Harbourtown Bonaire Jazz Festival 2005 is
organized for all lovers and practitioners of that type of music. The island
will host them in 2005 and years thereafter.
The dates of the festival: May
20, 21 and 22 ; these days coincide with the last days of a major sport event
on Bonaire: The King of the Caribbean,
World Championship for Freestyle windsurfing.
You can enjoy windsurfing in
the day time and music at night.
Jazz all over the place
The festival is organized by the Bonaire Jazz Foundation in close
cooperation with four main locations: Plaza Resort Bonaire, City Café,
Bongos Beach and Kontiki Beach Apartments and of course our sponsors. The four
locations can host a number of visitors ranging between 300 to 800 persons per
day and are all positioned at the seaside or on the beach.
events will be held three times a day: Sunset Jazz time, main concerts and late
night jazz and jam sessions on public places and restaurants / bars.
for the three main concerts there is an entrance fee of 30 Antillean guilders
for three concerts and all the other events are free. It is our policy to
create low threshholds to generate a maximum of festivalvisitors from the
island and abroad.
Caribbean and Latin Jazz is the main
Contracts have been made for the three main
-Denise Jannah, a well known vocalist, performing internationally,
born in Surinam and living in the Netherlands, accompanied by a trio, covering
a broad repertoire of jazz standards as well as her own original
-The Delbert Bernabela Band from Aruba, a six man band with
-X-Hale, a group of musicians from the Netherlands
Express, a groovy latin jazz group from Curacao
-Ced Ride, a vocalist with
Latin jazz and Antillean, jazzy music from Curacao
Freewinds Band featuring
Stacey Francis and Cedric Dandaré, famous antillean guitar player and
first composer of an antillean jazz repertoire
All above mentioned groups
and persons had a wide exposure on jazzfestivals and are excellent in their
The other events and concerts will be covered by three local
Bonarian groups and several musicians from Curacao, Aruba, the Netherlands and
the U.S.A and of course visiting jazz lovers with an interest to play, to jam
or to hang around on this lovely, unspoiled island .
The Bonaire Jazz Foundation: linking musicians
The Foundation is an initiative of musicians and jazz lovers .Th e
board consists of residents of the island and is independent and registered as
a foundation on Bonaire (S 318 )
The Festival of 2005 is organized by the
foundation in cooperation with locations and sponsors; furthermore the
foundation exploits a website with all information about jazz : where to go for
listening , where to go for playing or to meet other musicians.
The First Bonaire Jazzfestival is supported on
A group of businesspeople, private persons, musicians and
organizations is supporting the Bonaire Jazz Festival:
Committee of recommendation :
Ben Oleana - businessman
Benito Dirksz -
Co de Koning - consultant
Frits Hannenberg - vice president
Henk Roozendaal - painter & musician
Hugo Leter - president
Larry Gerharts - businessman
Linda Anthony -
journalist & vocalist
Marcel Nahr - businessman
Nilco Rollan - union
Richard Hart - former governor of Bonaire
Raymundo Saleh -
former governor of Bonaire
Bonhata (Bonaire Hotel Organization)
TCB ( Tourist Board of Bonaire)
Tickets for sale at Plaza Resort, Kontiki,
City Café, Bongos Beach, TCB , Bonaire Boekhandel and at the gates of
the main concer.
Background of The Harbourtown Bonaire Jazz
Festival - 2005
Bonaire is a small island with a strong cultural
identity. It is evident from what also can be seen by the great number of local
musicians and musical groups on the island. Here, you can listen to all kinds
of music; tumba, reggae, salsa, meringues and all those sounds which have a lot
in common with jazz: syncopes, swinging rhythms and improvisation.
that perspective it was not surprising that Bonaire had a blossoming jazz club
for many years and a great number of good jazz musicians playing Latin and
Caribbean jazz mixed with the musical spice of the island itself.
Gerritsen: "The idea for a jazz festival on Bonaire developed into reality
after our visit to the Surinam Jazz Festival in October 2004. We were invited
to play along with local groups in pubs and bars off the side the festival
stages. The city of Paramaribo was a swinging place!
We met Denise Jannah,
our featured star in this first Harbourtown Bonaire Jazz Festival, and
performed a wonderful "Summertime" together, never to be forgotten.
way home we made up our minds: let's do this also in Bonaire, we have the
opportunities, the places and the island would welcome a new yearly event.
We founded the Bonaire Jazz Foundation and with Plaza Resort Bonaire, City
Café, Kontiki Beach Resort and Bongos Beach we developed our festival:
broad, with a low threshold by keeping entrance fees low, a variety of
international and local artists and Latin and Caribbean jazz where the people
of the island will feel comfortable."
Thanks to all our sponsors we will
have a wonderful event to come!
Bonaire Jazz Foundation
Lando Tjin Asjoe
If you need more information call us or send an email to
BONAIRE JAZZ FESTIVAL
tel / fax 00 599 717 4496
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