Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Get Jazzy for the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival

Another highly anticipated and prestigious event, The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival gets under way for it 2014 staging January 30 to February 1 at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium.  This year, organisers promises another stellar line up of entertainers to include local and international artistes and musicians including Mr Aaron Neville, Chaka Khan, Joe, Toni Braxton, Beres Hammond,Tessanne Chin, Chronixx, Chrystal Gayle, Christopher Martin, Marcia Griffiths, Protege, Brian Art, Beenie Man, One Third and Chalice among many others.
Christopher Martin
Tessanne Chin

Jamaica Jazz and Blues was conceptualized to increase the numbers of passengers travelling to Jamaica by Allen Chastenet, former Vice President of Air Jamaica.  The event was envisioned to encourage visitors to come to Jamaica.  In the first years, the Festival was held in November and October, dates chosen to fulfil the objective of increasing visitor arrivals to the island during the soft tourist season. In 1999 there was no Festival as this proved to be a decision year as to the future of the Festival.  Rain had haunted the event year after year, resulting in either cancellation or shortening of performances, and this combined with the worry about decreasing sponsorship for the event, created grave concerns for the organisers.  Hence, after serious consideration the decision was made to postpone the Festival  January 20-23, 2000 became the new dates, a period which now marks what is now considered to the kick off of the Jamaican entertainment calendar.

More recent news on the Jamaica and Blues Festival....
013/01/14 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Developing Ja's Music Talent
Walter Elmore, producer of the world renown music festival, Jamaica Jazz and blues said regarding this year's stage of the event "we have decided to reintroduce the live music audition process to give Jamaicans an opportunity to be exposed..." read more