Barbara Cadet – Cross Over Jazz
(Songwriter, Composer, Arranger, Singer)(Saxophones:Tenor,Alto,Soprano/Piano and Vocals)
Accomplished musician/vocalist/arranger/composer – Barbara Cadet originates from the United Kingdom with deep roots in the Caribbean island where she was raised.
After being educated academically and musically in the United Kingdom, Barbara moved back to St. Lucia in her early twenties, where she headed the Woodwind Department of the St. Lucia School of Music and taught for several years.
Her residency in St. Lucia allowed her to gain a vast background in working as a musical director and producer of various large projects and with musical groups. She was co-founder/arranger of the 40 piece Allegro Steelpan – all female band – which performed and competed, professionally and successfully, in St. Lucia’s ‘Panoramas’ and other main stage events.
Barbara was also the Producer and musical arranger of the group, Sisterhood, which consisted of 9 female vocalists that performed on Mainstage St. Lucia Jazz, and in other Caribbean countries at various events.
As recent as 2011, she was the musical director/composer/arranger for the The St. Lucia Collective which consisted of some of St. Lucia’s iconic jazz musicians performing on St. Lucia Jazz Main Stage.
Over the years, she was commissioned to produce sound tracks for theatre and dance such as, Anthem and Esperance for St. Lucia’s 25th and 30th National Independence celebrations, Twist of Folk for Silver Shadow Dance Academy on their performances for Carifesta, and also for the Animation Center at La Place Carenage, Castries.
Barbara’s work is in high demand nationally, is of historical value to St. Lucia, and the quality and professionalism is brilliant. Simply put, she is highly reputed.
The St. Lucia National Archives commissioned her services in the musical production and documentation of four (4) musicals of Roderick ‘Roddy’ Walcott – renowned playwright, brother to St. Lucian Nobel Laureate, Sir Dereck Walcott.
In June 2012, Barbara Cadet was chosen to represent St. Lucia by performing for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee ‘Picnic Party’ at Buckingham Palace, which preceded the celebration concert at the front of the Palace.
One of her greatest experiences was performing at the Birthday Party of the Prince of Morocco at the Royal Palace in Rabat, where she featured a steel orchestra and a solo sax ensemble.
She has performed regionally at many festivals in Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Grenada, Aruba, Dominica, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.
Barbara has been the opening act for many celebrities such as Tanya Maria, Patti Labelle, Anita Baker, Spyro Gyra, John Legend, Richard Bona Alfredo De la Fe, Mike Stern and Chuck Brown.
She has collaborated with great musicians such as Khalid Kounen, the Paris based Moroccan born virtuoso percussionist, Saxophonist extraordinaire Luther Francois and legendary guitarist Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson of St. Lucia.
Over the years her experience in directing, producing and arranging for large groups as well as her commissioned work for several national landmark event productions resulted in her nomination and award of the St. Lucia Medal of Merit (Gold) in February 2004.
In 2008 Barbara launched her maiden CD ‘Indigenously Yours’ on Main Stage St. Lucia Jazz, described as her contemporary twist on St. Lucia traditional folk music.
This versatile artiste is a much celebrated and entertaining performer who specializes in vocals, and instrumentation such as keyboards, Soprano/Alto/Tenor Sax with which she moves from one to another with such fluidity that mesmerizes her audiences wherever she performs.
Look out for her new upcoming CD ‘Define This’! Diverse, Dynamic and Passionate! A testimony to her musical journey thus far!