St Regis, Jazz centre in Doha deal
Doha, December 3, 2011
Leading US hotel brand St. Regis Hotels & Resorts has joined forces with Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences for jazz, to launch its new outlet in Doha.
The upcoming JALC unit in the Qatari capital is the first venue outside of the United States, said a statement from the hotel brand.
As part of the deal, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts plans to open five jazz clubs in its new hotels around the world over the next five years, extending the programme to a wider global audience.
Announcing this at a press conference in Doha, Omar Alfardan, president of the Resorts Development Company, the parent company of The St. Regis Doha and Al Gassar Resort, said the JALC will debut at the new St. Regis Doha, both scheduled to open in the spring of 2012.
Wynton Marsalis, jazz musician and artistic director of JALC; Adrian Ellis, executive director of JALC; and Tareq Derbas, general manager of The St. Regis Doha also attended.
With monthly programming led by JALC, the Doha centre will showcase and cultivate the best jazz talent in the world, said Marsalis.
In addition to performances at The St. Regis Doha, a supporting educational programme will be developed to bring a range of cultural and educational opportunities to the people of Qatar, he stated.
Commenting on the feal, Derbas said, 'Jazz is integral to the St. Regis legacy and we look forward to bringing the authentic jazz experience to life for our guests and for music enthusiasts in the region.'
'We are encouraged by the positive response from the people of Qatar and believe that Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha will reinforce the city’s position as an emerging cultural centre in the Middle East,' he added
As part of his visit to Doha, Marsalis also met with some 50 students from the Qatar Music Academy. The musician, who was the first jazz artist to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in music, discussed the challenges and rewards of music as a discipline, and participated in an improvisational session with traditional Arabian instruments and jazz.
“Thank you to the Qatari people for such a warm welcome. Throughout the history of jazz, musicians from Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie and Dave Brubeck have brought people from all cultures together through this music. It is an honour for JALC to continue this tradition in Doha with St. Regis,” he added.
The St. Regis Doha will feature 336 luxurious guest rooms, including 70 suites and 2 presidential suites – all offering breath-taking sea views, said Derbas.
'The facilities at the hotel include a wide array of dining venues, a world-class Remède Spa, oceanfront cabanas, and over 4,000 sq m of meeting and event space, including the second largest Ballroom in Qatar,' he added.-TradeArabia News Service