EMCVPA celebrates International Jazz Day 2015

International Jazz Day 2015Date & Time: April 30, 2015 at 7:00 P.M.
Venue: East Lawns of Devon House
Contribution: $1,500
Ticket Outlets:
EMCVPA Campus (1 Arthur Wint Drive, Kingston 5)
The Music Mart (8 South Avenue, Kingston 10)
Devon House (26 Hope Road, Kingston 6)


Featured Artistes:

Michael Sean Harris [voice], Rafael Salazar [clarinet], Ruth Royes [voice], Maurice Gordon [guitar], Lori Burnett [voice], Ibo Cooper [piano], Orville Hammond [piano], Gay Magnus [steel pan], Ibo Cooper [piano]


Guest Artist

Wayne Batchelor, US Bass player 


Wayne Batchelor Biography

Wayne Batchelor began his career at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, on the postgraduate program, where he specialized in the double bass and electric bass. He played regularly with the Reggae Philharmonic and Portuguese jazz pianist, Bernardo Sassetti.
Wayne’s collaborated with Grammy Nominated vocalist Nnenna Freelon has taken him to numerous international festivals in Japan, Israel, Korea, Brazil, Morocco, St.Lucia and he played on three of her
Grammy-nominated albums. Wayne’s diverse talents have led him to tour and record extensively with the New York Ska Jazz Ensemble, and he has recorded with acclaimed reggae drummer, Sly Dunbar, and
with Bob Marley’s saxophonist, Dean Fraser. In 2009 Wayne was invited to be on the jury for the Collegiate Jazz Festival at The University of Notre Dame. He is a regular performer of gospel-jazz music at Manhattan churches such as Redeemer Presbyterian. He is also featured in the Random House book; “New Faces of Jazz,” by Cicily Janus.


In December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly formally welcomed the decision by the UNESCO General Conference to proclaim April 30 as International Jazz Day. The day is used to draw public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage and is a culmination of a month long focus on the on jazz. Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova said in her announcement that “Jazz embodies the spirit of UNESCO. It brings people together and builds peace, tolerance and understanding. It has been the soundtrack for positive social change, from the fight against racism to the struggle for democracy.”

Our Philosophy

The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts offers a degree in Jazz and Popular Music Studies since 2007 and is delighted to join the rest of the world to acknowledge the role jazz has played in society. We believe that Jamaica’s music scene is vibrant, rich and holds an international appeal and our own music forms has influences in Jazz. As the first and only institution of its kind in the English speaking Caribbean, we believe we play a major role in using the arts to educate, heal and enrich the nation. We also believe that Kingston with its unique pulse can be eventually selected by the United Nations as the city of choice to celebrate International Jazz Day in years to come and is dedicated to growing the celebratory activities in Jamaica.

The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts has been through several stages in its evolution. The four Schools—Drama, Music, Dance, and Visual Arts—started out at different locations in Kingston. Two of the Schools, namely the School of Art and the School of Music, are historic because of their establishment in 1951 and 1961 respectively, before the island gained its independence from Britain in 1962.

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