Comedian, Joe Clair Previews St. Lucia Jazz

CASTRIES, St. Lucia – The eagerly anticipated 16th annual St. Lucia Jazz festival, that the island’s Tourist Board is staging from May 4 to 13, 2007, is getting solid rotation on top television networks BET and BET J this month.

The preview show, now in rotation on BET J’s “Island Lime” Saturday format, is co-hosted by St. Lucian television personality Portia Mogal who introduces African American comedian Joe Clair to some of the breathtaking sights and attractions offered by the Eastern Caribbean island nation. Instead of relaxing at his hotel in front of the television, Mogal convinces Clair to take a personal tour of the island. He enjoys every minute of it.

Joe Claire stars in St. Lucia Jazz preview show

“This St. Lucia show is more than a Jazz preview,” said St. Lucian Cybelle Brown, Vice President of Sales and Business Development with BET Digital Networks. Brown added “it is a compelling and entertaining show which showcases both the appeal of Caribbean culture and the upcoming festival to the African American visitor.”

The show, which debuted last weekend, will air again this Saturday, April 7 on BET J at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; April 14 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and on April 28 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. BET airs the show on Wednesday, April 18 at 2 a.m. All times are Eastern.

“We are very pleased with the on-air product and look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to our shores next month,” said St. Lucia’s Director of Tourism, Maria Fowell.

At St. Lucia Jazz, Brazilian sensation Tania Maria will open the main stage performances on May 10, while Grammy award-winning John Legend headlines the May 11 performance. May 12 features a full roster of musical highlights, including performances by Al Jarreau & George Benson, Will Downing, Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Boo Hinkson and Friends, and others. Performances by jazz superstars Natalie Cole and Isaac Hayes will close the festival on May 13.

Considered one of the Caribbean’s premier jazz festivals, St. Lucia Jazz – produced by the St. Lucia Tourist Board – attracts thousands of visitors who enjoy more than a dozen musical acts in a variety of unique locations and venues throughout St. Lucia.

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