*BARBADOS – Renowned contemporary jazz saxophonist, Elan Trotman, returns to Barbados to host the 4th rendition of his namesake festival – the Fourth Annual Elan Trotman’s Barbados Jazz Excursion & Golf Weekend.
Taking place Columbus Day Weekend, October 6-9, 2017, the event will pay homage to the island’s musical history and diverse culture.
The 2017 line-up includes Grammy award winning artistes Will Downing & Norman Brown, as well as national recording artists Marion Meadows, Brian Simpson, Jeanette Harris, Julian Vaughn and the “Queen of Soca,” Alison Hinds.
“There is a certain sensibility that Barbados has that continues to excite me as a jazz musician,” said Trotman. “The music, history and culture all blend in a way that I haven’t found elsewhere in my many travels. I have no doubt that attendees of the festival will leave with the same sentiment.”
“Barbados has a history of attracting some of the world’s top jazz performers and patrons,” said Petra Roach, Director USA of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. “The ongoing success of this event highlights exactly why Barbados is a top-destination for music loving travelers who want to experience the best of their favorite genre along with unique excursions and top-tier hospitality.”
This year, the three-night itinerary will include accommodations in one of three of the island’s world-famous hotels: The Crane Resort, Ocean Two Resort & Residences or Hilton Barbados. Daily breakfast, airport, concert transfers and an Island Adventure Tour are included. Additional excursions, include underwater adventures from Atlantis Submarine, a lunch party cruise on the Jolly Roger party boat, a Mount Gay Rum Tour and a tour of Harrison’s Cave.
Golf enthusiasts are invited to rounds at some of Barbados’ finest golf courses, including Sandy Lane Country Club, Barbados Golf Club and Apes Hill Golf Club. On Sunday, October 8th, VIP guests and performers including Elan Trotman, John Stark, Harvey Mason, Bernie Williams and Desmond Haynes will host the Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Apes Hill Golf Club. The event commences at 12:30 p.m. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit Elan’s Never Lose Your Drive Foundation, which funds Headstart Music Barbados. A special golf package is available for those who want to play.
Concert wristbands are required for admittance to all performances. VIP concert seating and pre-show meet & greets with attending artists will also be available. Details on trip packages and reservations can be found here. Media interested in additional information, accreditation or interviews can contact Sierra Brown at [email protected] and Al Watkins at [email protected].
The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experiences with its exceptionally rich culture and history. It was awarded the Caribbean Best Destination 2016 by Expedia and was rated the ‘Best Caribbean Beach’ by USA Today in 2015. Barbados was also recognized as the second on Conde Nast Traveler’s 2016 list of ‘The Most Beautiful Islands in the Caribbean’ and ranked third in the 2015 Trip Advisor “Travelers’ Choice Awards for Islands 2015” in its Top 100 Destinations category. In addition, Barbados is the first Zagat-rated Caribbean island and is known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Accommodations range from picturesque plantation houses and villas to quaint bed and breakfasts and award-winning, five-star resorts. Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) offers non-stop and direct service options from a growing number of gateways in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America, making Barbados the true gateway in the Eastern Caribbean. For more information on travel to Barbados, visit www.visitbarbados.org, follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.