A Jamaica Jazzfest for the ages

A Jamaica Jazzfest for the ages

Written by Editor

Topics: Music, Parties & Festivals

The event is a month away, but already predictions are rife that the 2012 staging of the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival from January 26 to 28 will rank among the best ever. The strong level of anticipation and overwhelmingly positive expectations are due in no small part to the presence of Canadian recording mega-star Celine Dion on this year’s line-up. The talented songstress is scheduled to deliver an unforgettable performance on January 27 at the Greenfield (Trelawny Multi-Purpose) Stadium.

Two years ago when festival promoter Walter Elmore’s Art of Music Productions (AMP) began its efforts to entice the musical icon to the festival, they had no idea how they could pull it off. “But I’m a firm believer that if you have an idea, you work at it. If you don’t try you’ll never succeed,” says Elmore, AMP’s chairman.

Inking the deal, Elmore says, took some “jumping through hoops” but now that all systems are set for Dion’s first performance in the Caribbean, he is understandably very excited. “Her production team is amazing and has been working with my team to make sure that everything’s in place. It is going to be an exceptional show,” he promises.

Dion, one of the best selling female recording artistes of all time, is also excited about the opportunity to perform for her fans in the Caribbean. As she emailed to Elmore: “I am looking forward to doing my very first show in the Caribbean and this is an honor for me to perform at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival. What a beautiful way to meet the people of Jamaica on this, my first trip to the island. I just can’t wait.”

Sharing the stage with her on January 27 will be Jully Black, Nicole Henry, Tessanne Chin, Tami Chynn, Richie Stephens and Gentleman. The final night of the event, January 28, will feature Cee-Lo Green, Destra Garcia, Heads of State (Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill and Bobby Brown) and Earl Klugh. Although initially billed for the show, Destiny’s Child alum Kelly Rowland will not be performing.

The first major show night on January 26 will be dedicated to Jamaican music as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the island’s independence, and will feature the likes of Shaggy, Yellow Man, Half Pint, Marcia Griffiths, Etana, AJ Brown, Mykal Rose, Christopher Martin and John Holt.

JAMAICA Jazz & Blues Festival 2012 Launch
Wyndham Hotel , December 6, 2012

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Richie Stephens and Half Pint

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