The Grammy award winning singer who was obviously enjoying herself while on stae gave the large and appreciative audience what they wanted - 'Touch My Body' , 'Give It To Me' , 'Beautiful' , 'Vision of Love' , 'Don't Let Go' and 'Always Be My Baby' and more..
Opening night of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival was dubbed Tribute to John Holt, with an all-Jamaican line-up, except for Trinidadian Soca artiste Oscar B. The Holt
Errol Dunkley's performance segued into that of Cornell Campbell, who delivered some of his memorable tracks Bouncing and Queen of the Minstrels among others. Followed by George Nooks who fuelled the fire and set it ablaze during his set, singing some his popular songs such as Always on My Mind' , 'So Much Love to Give' , 'Zion Gates' and 'Tribal War' before exiting stage with 'Left With a Broken Heart.'
|Miss Judy Mowatt|
Judy Mowatt was up next with crisp clear voice from the moment she walked on stage untill the end of her 40-minute set. She was the night's sole female performer and she proved why she has endured decades in the music industry, whether gospel or secular. The former member of the world reknown I-Threes group performed songs such as 'Thank You Lord' , 'Want To Be More' , 'Unconditional Love' , 'We'll Sing Our Own Song' , her powerful empowerment anthem 'Black Woman' and 'Many Are Called.' In tribute to her 'Brother' John Holt, she sang 'Tide is High.' She was well received.
|Jamaica Jazz and Blues 2015 stage|
The vocal trio, The Tamlins gave another signature performance with their tight harmonies carrying on the night air. Among the Holt tracks they performed was, 'Happy Go Lucky Girl' before dropping their show-stopper, 'Baltimore.'
Jamaica Observer writer...reports that the sole encore of the night was left for legendary toaster Josey Wales. The Colonel was in his usual form and entertained his audience to the mas. Tracks such as 'Undercover Lover', 'Bobo Dreadlocks' and Leggo Me Hand Gateman had the audience going.
Night 2, culminates performances by The Pointer Sisters, Charlie Wilson, Peter Cetera and the royal family of reggae, Morgan Heritage.
Excerpts: Jamaica Observer