Blige, Bolton, Warwick and Legend for Jazz and Blues 2013

Blige, Bolton, Warwick and Legend for Jazz and Blues 2013

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Topics: Music, Parties & Festivals

Five-time Grammy Award-winning music legend Dionne Warwick, hip-hop soul queen Mary J. Blige, soft rock balladeer Michael Bolton and R&B sensations John Legend and Monica are among the headliners for the 17th staging of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, which is set to take place from January 24 to 26, 2013 at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium. Other acts billed for the event include “reggae ambassadors” Third World, funk/R&B/disco group KC and the Sunshine Band, and Barbadian smooth jazz/reggae saxophonist Arturo Tappin.

Dionne Warwick

Dionne Warwick

Walter Elmore, producer of the event, says his team is working hard to put together an experience patrons will never forget. “It’s a pleasure to have Mary who is a powerhouse along with John and Michael. We know Jamaicans love their music and we are working to create a package they will thoroughly enjoy,” he said in a statement released before the announcement of Warwick’s addition to the line-up.

Warwick, who is heralded among the 40 biggest hit makers of the entire rock era (1955–2012) based on Billboard chart success, is poised to ignite the venue with songs such as “Don’t Make Me Over”, “That’s What Friends Are For”, “I’ll Never Love This Way Again”, “I Say a Little Prayer” and “Walk On By”.

Mary J. Blige (Credit: Markus Klinko and Indrani)

Mary J. Blige (Credit: Markus Klinko and Indrani)

Mary J Blige, loved by Jamaicans for her dynamic and passionate music and delivery, will be a powerhouse on stage with favourites such as “No More Drama”, “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By”, “Everything” and “Be Without You”. Michael Bolton returns to the Festival to renew his love affair with Jamaica with hits such as “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You”, “How Can We Be Lovers?”, “Said I Loved You…But I Lied” and his stirring cover of the Percy Sledge classic “When a Man Loves a Woman”.

Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton during his performance at the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival in 2007. (File Photo)

Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton reaches out to patrons at the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival in 2007. (File Photo)

John Legend

John Legend is set to return to the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival this year, having previously performed at the event in 2006. (File Photo)

John Legend

John Legend performing at Smile Jamaica at James Bond Beach, Oracabessa, St. Mary in 2008. (File Photo)

John Legend, who is no stranger to the island and considers himself a friend of the Festival, will bring an intimate performance featuring hits such as “Ordinary People”, “Green Light”, “Save Room”, “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” and “Stay With You”, a song that continues to resonate with Jamaicans based on Tarrus Riley’s outstanding reggae rendition. With album sales of over 20 million worldwide, Monica’s repertoire boasts chart-toppers such as “Don’t Take It Personal”, “Before You Walk out of My Life”, “The Boy Is Mine” (a Grammy-award winning duet with Brandy), “So Gone” and “Angel of Mine”.

Monica

American R&B songstress Monica

Third World

Third World, celebrating 40 years in the music business.

The organisers of the event have also confirmed a novel non-traditional Thursday night, which will feature classic reggae bands and singers. The Festival will celebrate Third World’s 40th anniversary, and Rootz Underground – an alumnus of the event’s talent stage – will make a return in the ascendant on the main stage.

Elmore promises a heightened and wholesome entertainment experience on and off the stage for patrons.

“We have a tradition of a great entertainment experience at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival and this year we will return aspects of the experience favoured by our patrons and add some new elements. 2013 will be even more interactive and engaging for persons at the event with the introduction of our digital lounge, and an integration of our social media spaces.”

General admission tickets cost US$50 for Thursday night and US$80 on Friday or Saturday. VIP tickets are also available at US$120 each night. Discounted weekend passes (Friday and Saturday) are being offered for US$150 and season passes for all three days are available for US$200 (general) and US$350 (VIP).

Further updates will be provided on www.jamaicajazzandblues.com and www.facebook.com/jamaicajazzandblues in the coming days.

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