Each April there is jazz! Jazz on the beach, jazz in bars and lounges, jazz in the park, jazz everywhere! For four years, the Plymouth International Jazz Festival headlined pop, R&B, hip-hop, soca, and jazz stars from around the world. The Tobago Jazz Experience replaced the Plymouth Jazz Festival in 2009, featuring some of the best local and regional jazz and world music talents.
The Tobago Jazz Experience (TJE) is normally held during the last week of April, from Thursday to Sunday. Speyside, Signal Hill, Scarborough, Castara and Pigeon Point Heritage Park are key venues, some of which host free events. The event attracts international headliners as part of the show, while also adding a focus on local, regional, and “world music” artists. You’ll find some of the best in local and regional jazz alongside pop, R&B, hip-hop, soca, and soul stars from around the world.
Previous events have attracted international stars like John Legend, Jill Scott, Jennifer Hudson, Kool & the Gang, Angie Stone, Janelle Monae, Chaka Khan, Elton John, Sean Paul, Shakkira, Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Sting, Diana Ross, Erykah Badu, India.Arie, George Benson, Heather Headley, Lauryn Hill, and Maxwell, among others. Tobago Jazz Experience 2018 welcomed Fantasia Barrino, Anthony Hamilton, Taurus Riley, and Ne-Yo, as well as regional artist Tanya Stephens.
Tobago Jazz Experience 2019
Headliners for the 2019 edition of the festival, which runs Thursday 25th April through Sunday 28th April, include Michael Bolton, Jacquees, Vaughnette Bigford, Duane Stephenson, Busy Signal, and Marcia Griffith. Make sure to check the official Tobago Festivals account on Facebook for announcements and more information!
Tobago Jazz Experience photo gallery