Source: Headline Entertainment

Anticipation for the 2010 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival is now raging like a forest fire, and this year the tiny sparks have started their respective musical blazes in other parishes.

Not only will the Festival be extended for more days this year, but there will be several prelude or satellite shows, before and during the main event, with more parishes across the island getting to enjoy the mood and spirit of the main Festival.

The idea, as explained by the Producers, is to give a wider cross section of the growing audience a taste of the ‘greatness’ of the Festival, which shows no signs of slowing down its rapid growth and popularity. “The concept was to extend the entertainment value that the Festival provides, explained Junior Taylor of Turnkey Productions. “It’s an enticement to encourage longer tourist stay, as it moves from being a weekend Festival to being a week-long one.”

The excitement begins on Sunday January 24 at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston with Jazz in the Gardens. This session will feature the likes of Roy Ayers, Tony Greene, Benji Myaz, Roselyn Williams and Ricardo Suave.

On Monday, Ocho Rios in St Ann benefits with Jamming in the Sunset, to be held at the Jamaica Grande. This session will include Maxi Priest, Joe Roy Jackson, Roy Ayres, Maurice Gordon, and Abdel Wright.

Also on Monday, and continuing during the week of the main event, there will be appearances of the various Bands booked to perform at the Festival, at various venues inside Montego Bay. These include the Coral Cliff Hotel, the Iberostar Hotel, and at Blue Beat. Among the performers for these events will be Jon Secada, Dr Kathy Brown, Robin Banks, plus overseas bands that will also be performing at the talent stage area of the Festival.

Taylor notes that more persons who perhaps might not be able to make a particular night of the main Festival, may get the same atmosphere at one of these smaller events. “It gives a wider cross section access to see the shows and offers the same flavour as the main show,” he continues.

“Patrons should expect the same great music, value for money, plus an overall good time.”

He adds that the reviews have been great so far with next year’s staging promising to be even better.

“The plans have been going well based on the reports we’ve been getting. The North Coast hotel arrangements are doing well. This is the first time we have done it, and next year we will be able to fine-tune it to make it much better.”

The 2010 staging of the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival will be a seven-day long celebration of The Art of Music that will see Jamaica engulfed in the awesome sights and sounds of the TurnKey Productions event from January 24-30. The signature performance nights will take place from January 28 – 30 at The Greenfield Stadium, Trelawny, which is 12-15 minutes away from Rose Hall. Having seen performances from the likes of Alicia Keys, Kenny Rogers, and many more, the Festival stage will this year welcome Gladys Knight, Joss Stone, Erykah Badu, Jon Secada, Deborah Cox, Kelly Price, Tamia, Machel Montano HD, Caribbean Jewel Billy Ocean, as well as reggae band Third World.