The rhythm of JAMAICA is unmatched, Its charm

pulls you in. You can’t help laughing and relaxing,

with sand between your toes, and sea breeze on your

face, as you sway in time to the beat.

From the



The response to the return of Jamaica Jazz and Blues

has been overwhelming! Music lovers from all walks of

life, at home and abroad have expressed excitement and

anticipation of the return of the festival. Co-producers Adrian

Allen and Marcia McDonnough were somewhat hesitant when they

floated the idea in August, but the enthusiasm with which it was

received encouraged them to take the leap. Seven months later, the

festival is about to be staged and we are all waiting with bated breath.

The journey has been fraught with challenges and doubt, but those

negatives were outweighed by a can-do attitude, positive vibes and

hope. The early months saw the “challenges of getting the necessary

funding. Many companies do not understand the benefits of the

virtual space as they do the physical....they are not accustomed to

doing activations that are digital and even though the virtual space

can easily give them tens of thousands more viewers they are

uncomfortable with the unknown. Covid-19 presented many

difficulties including an uncertain financial environment”, shared

Marcia. There have been many high points too, like “meeting

the artists and discovering their talent and just watching as

the presentation comes together. Becoming excited about

viewing it even though we have been working on it for

so long. And, of course, slowly but surely garnering the

support of those loyal sponsors, many of whom supported

the festival before and are now back on board”.

March 4-6 will see the virtual extravaganza in

which the team will “Bring the Magic Back”; three

nights of a wealth of diverse talent, most of

which comprise new and emerging performers

coming to the main Jamaica Jazz and Blues

stage for the first time, the exceptions being

Richie Stephens and Jon Secada.

Jazz & Blues Riddims will be sharing the

experience of combining all the elements

to bring you the vibrant, seamless package

of world class entertainment while also

celebrating the essence of our island home.

We will introduce the performers.

We will reminisce about the

glorious days of the Jamaica Jazz

and Blues, tracing the story from its

emergence as Air Jamaica Jazz and

Blues, highlighting outstanding acts and

the ambience of the memorable venues.

We will celebrate the team that made

it happen – our sponsors, marketing

and production teams. We will walk

you through the virtual Artisan Village

which offers outstanding and exquisitely

crafted Jamaican pieces ranging from

leather masks, backpacks and handbags

to intricately designed jewelry, beautiful

footwear and aromatic oils.

With the thousands of international individuals

that will make up our audience, we optimized

the opportunities provided by the virtual

platform to showcase the many delights Jamaica

has to offer through two special features –

“Circle Jamaica with Richie Stephens” and “Stay

With Us” hosted by Tami and Wayne Mitchell.

Richie visited several world-renown features

of the island – Dunn’s River Falls, Rick’s Café,

Fern Gully, Blue Hole. Tami and Wayne popped

into a number of hotels including Royalton,

GeeJam, and Moon Palace.

Most important, we pay tribute to two iconic

individuals who impacted the Jamaica Jazz

and Blues Festival – founder, the late Butch

Stewart and Toots Hibbert, stellar performer.

Be sure to join us for the three awesome

nights, March 4-6 2021 when we “Bring the

Magic Back”.

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8 Messages

12 Tributes To

Butch Stewart And

Toots Hibbert

16 Enjoying Jazz


18 Bringing Back

The Magic!

22 Eclectic Sounds

28 Artisan Village

30 You Can Help Us


32 Stars On The Rise

34 All Stars Night 1

36 All Stars Night 2

38 Sponsors

40 Jazz Memories

46 Circle Jamaica

48 Stay With Us


Message from the





am pleased to extend sincere congratulations to the

team at Steady Image, Touchstone Productions, and

their many partners, as they stage the highly-anticipated

return of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues music festival.

The Ministry of Tourism, through our marketing arm the Jamaica

Tourist Board (JTB), is happy to once again collaborate with you for

this prestigious musical event, which will be hosted in a virtual format.

Over the years, the festival has presented numerous exceptional

artistes, including Celine Dion, Beres Hammond, Chaka Khan, Shaggy,

Aaron Neville and Tessanne Chin. Therefore, like most viewers, I

am really looking forward to seeing this year’s spectacular line up

of both local and international performers.

I must extend special commendation to the team for not only

making this event free of charge to viewers, but for your pledge

to assist some of our entertainment practitioners who have

been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, through a charity

component of the event.

We are overjoyed to see the creative industries slowly

coming back to life and applaud you for using innovative

means to showcase the best of Jamaica’s music and

culture to the world.

The Network is comprised of key sport

and entertainment practitioners who

have been charged to lead this effort.

Some of the key initiatives of the network

include the promotion of festivals; the

coordination of established activities/

events for the Tourism Calendar; as well as

greater collaboration with event promoters

and venue managers to package and

promote local music events and festivals to

help eliminate seasonality. This is an initiative

we are driving with my colleague, Minister

Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange and her team at the

Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment

and Sport.

We are seeing positive outcomes as we continue

to support the building out of captivating

entertainment experiences. I once again

congratulate the entire team for bringing the

Jamaica Jazz and Blues music festival back,

and wish you a successful staging of this

outstanding event.


Entertainment tourism is one of the main niche

areas, which we have been placing special focus

on, in order to further diversify our tourism

product and tap into new markets. The Sports

and Entertainment Network of the Ministry’s

Tourism Linkages Network was created as one

of those strategic steps towards capitalizing

on Jamaica’s potential in this area.


Message from the





The covid-19 pandemic has dealt a blow to industries

worldwide and among the hardest hit are our cultural

and creative practitioners. As many of them take to the

virtual airwaves to maintain relevance and visibility to fans

worldwide, the return of a Virtual Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival

is welcome.

As Minister of Culture, I am pleased at the opportunities being provided

our industry practitioners by the festival which has always been an

important driver of Jamaica’s music, culture, entertainment and


Despite the virtual format, the festival maintains its signature

“small stage” tradition to unearth and showcase new Jamaican

talent with a Band Quest Competition. The festival will also

incorporate the popular art and craft marketplace with an

Artisan Village featuring authentic Jamaican wooden items,

jewellery and ceramics.

Although Jamaica Jazz and Blues looks and feels a little

different, being staged virtually for the first time, we

anticipate a full face to face return in coming years. I

commend foundation members of the team, Steady

Image and Touchstone Productions, as they bring

back the magic from March 4 - 6, 2021, close on

the heels of Reggae Month 2021 which wraps this

February, spearheaded by my Ministry.

The Government, through the Ministry

of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and

Sport; the Ministry of Local Government

and Rural Development and the Ministry

of Health and Wellness, with the input of

industry stakeholders continues to work

on protocols for the safe reopening of

the wider entertainment sector.

Congratulations to the organisers and

partners on bringing back the festival. We

look forward to the usual dynamism of local

and international performances backed by

the top class production for which the festival

has become known.



Message from the





am thrilled that Jamaica Jazz and Blues will Bring back

the Magic of one of Jamaica’s best loved music festival.

The Jamaica Tourist Board is proud to be a partner in

this venture.

We have missed the festival for a few years! With masterful production,

class acts, and an unmistakable Jamaican flare, the festival adds to

the high demand music events that make Jamaica the beat that

moves the world.

Once a staple on the list of music lovers, and a bucket list item for

many, Jamaica Jazz and Blues has given us magical moments. We

recall how John Legend could do no wrong; how Celine Dion

locked down Montego Bay with her scintillating performance

and how patrons waited in drenching showers just to see

Beres Hammond’s performance! We can’t wait to see what

mesmerizing and riveting melodic experiences you will deliver

this year.

The festival gives lovers of our music

yet another reason to remain connected

with the destination and engage with

our brand. It also serves as a teaser to

whet their appetite as they eagerly await

the time when they can again travel to

the island.

While audiences are still craving live

performances, I know the popularity of our

destination brand in the virtual space will

draw thousands of patrons to experience the

magic of Jamaica Jazz and Blues.

Welcome back, Jamaica Jazz and Blues…

Cheers to a very successful event. We are waiting

with baited breath for a magical experience.

Jamaican culture has always loomed large with pulses that

move the world. Now more than ever, the world needs

our music offerings. The festival’s relevance is more than

just entertainment… it is an escape from the blues and

gloom of the current global pandemic. We need the

power of music to heal, to lift our mood, to lower

our stress levels and to give us hope. Patrons from

around the world will turn to the Jamaica Jazz

and Blues festival to experience the magic of

the music.

Donovan White


Tribute to







1996 saw the birth of the Air Jamaica

Jazz and Blues Festival. Twenty-six

years later, now known as the Jamaica

Jazz and Blues Festival it is recognised as

one of the most eagerly anticipated events

of the Caribbean’s entertainment calendar. This is the

legacy of the Honourable Gordon “Butch” Stewart under

whose leadership as the chairman of the national airline

– Air Jamaica, this iconic event was established.

His interest in ensuring the growth of

the tourism industry and developing

Jamaica as a major hub in the

Caribbean guided the major goals

that the festival set out to achieve

– establish a music festival with a

broad-based appeal for locals while

also attracting visitors to the island; boosting the economy

of Montego Bay which hosted the event; fill the seats

of the national airline and further enhance Jamaica’s

reputation as the premier entertainment destination in

the Caribbean.

Mr Butch Stewart was incomparable in his audacious,

creative, and inspirational leadership. Once he decided

that something was to be done, he did not tolerate doubt

...the first festival

was staged within

only 10-weeks of

its conception.

in his team’s ability to activate, nor did he acknowledge

the word “can’t” as part of his vocabulary, and thus once

the decision for the festival was made, he made it clear to

his team that this should be accomplished with urgency

but without compromising any standards of a quality,

world-class production. It is therefore no surprise that

the first festival was staged within only 10-weeks of its


Over the years the festival gained a

reputation of excellence not only

for the quality of artistes brought to

the Jamaican stage, but the beauty,

sophistication and comfort of the

ambience created. It was a space in

which friends and family celebrated

special moments and reconnected

and strangers formed new bonds of friendship. It became

a space in which artistes bonded with the Jamaican people

with many returning, eagerly, to the Jazz and Blues stage

time and time again. It has created a heritage fitting of the

visionary who made it possible and we honour Mr Stewart

for this legacy which we endeavour to enrich and grow.

Deepest condolences to his family and God’s strength

and comfort in this time of loss and grief.

The 2021 Jamaica Jazz

& Blues Team

Tribute to






Toots Hibbert last performed on the Jazz and Blues stage

in 2005 at Cinnamon Hill. That concert was memorable

for many reasons but most of all for the scintillating and

high energy performance the legendary star delivered.

As Carolyn Johnson, freelance writer reported in Gleaner article

published May 21, 2006, “Toots Hibbert was

all the rage at the final night of the Air Jamaica

Jazz and Blues Festival, as he delivered a

commanding performance on January 30,

2005, in Montego Bay, St. James”. His haunting,

raspy voice held the audience in thrall as he

belted out hit after hit.

Jamaica Jazz and Blues joins music lovers

across the world in mourning the passing of

Toots Hibbert in September 2020 when he seemed set to offer so

much more to his myriad fans and the music industry. Toots is an

icon of Jamaica’s music industry, commented Marcia McDonnough,

co-producer of the 2021 festival, “He performed at what was then

the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues in 2003 and was brought back

in 2005 where he admirably shared the stage with many greats


Toots is an

of Jamaica’s

music industry

such as Lou Rawls, Dionne Warwick, Julio

Iglesias and many more. Toots showed the

strength of his music and popularity as he

took the huge crowd singing along with

him song after song. The Jamaica Jazz

and Blues has always

strived to recognise

exceptional talent and of

course Toots is a perfect

example of the type of

performer that gave the

festival its unique place

and popularity among

its fans. He will be sadly

missed by the music

world and we are sorry we will not be able

to showcase him again. We will, therefore,

pay tribute to his legacy with a special

feature at the festival and encourage our

stars on the rise to emulate him ”.


Having established Toots and

the Maytals in 1961 he worked

in the music industry for close

to seven decades. His entry

on the scene in the 1960s was meteoric

as he immediately caught the attention of

the industry and listeners alike and scored

some of Jamaica’s early international hits

including “Sweet and Dandy”, “Take Me

Home Country Roads”, “Monkey Man”, “54-

a pioneer

46”, “Peeping Tom”.

of reggae and its

evolutionary genres...

Toots was globally recognised as a pioneer of reggae and

its evolutionary genres, ska and rocksteady which have

not only been covered by famous foreign singers and

bands but have contributed to the development of other

modern genres. Toots was also credited with, if not

naming reggae, being the first to use the word in

the title of a song – the 1968 composition, “Do the

Reggay”. He performed and collaborated with many

international artistes including Willie Nelson

and the Rolling Stones. He performed in

some 60 countries in the continents

of Africa, Europe, Australia, North and

South America.

Toots was recognised for his

outstanding career winning the 2004

Reggae Grammy, for the album True

Love and his latest album, Got to

be Tough, released on August

28 has been nominated for

the 2021 Grammy Awards. In

2010 Rolling Stone Magazine

included him in their “100

Greatest Singers of All Time”

list with his ranking at 71. In

2012 he was awarded the

Order of Jamaica.


Jamaica Jazz and Blues

salutes the incomparable

Toots Hibbert!

The 2021 Jamaica

Jazz & Blues Team

Enjoying Jazz


Longstanding Jazz and Blues fans will

recall that the planning for the festival

was close to preparing for a military


There was the securing of tickets, booking

of hotel rooms as close to venue as possible,

which meant months in advance. The right

wardrobe which was generally casual chic,

fashionable yet comfortable enough to take

you through eight hours of sitting on your

blanket on the ground or standing shoulder

to shoulder with thousands of other fans,

unless you had bought a VIP ticket which

might include chairs. There was the timing

of arrival to avoid the inevitable traffic jam,

ensure parking at a reasonable distance and

securing space that allowed a good view

of the stage while also with a reasonably

clear access to the food court, bars and rest

rooms. For some it might also mean toting

your liquor of choice and the attendant

paraphernalia. Binoculars might be handy

in the event you failed to get a good spot.

In the days of Cinnamon Hill Golf Course, it

was prudent to prepare for cool even cold

weather – blankets, comforters, thick, warm

clothing, and even raincoats and umbrellas.

Most of the time the evening was cool, and

balmy with caressing tropical breezes but

this was never guaranteed.












No tickets

No commuting

Clothes of your choice,

Your Laptop, mobile, tablet, Smart

TV or big screen

Good Internet service or mobile

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great packages

A comfortable chair,

Have your Mastercard ready to shop

in the Artisan Village

Refreshments at hand as you

won’t want to miss a minute of the


Sit back, relax and enjoy!









Numbers don’t exceed the limit

mandated for COVID 19 safety

Wear your mask unless eating or


Take your sanitizer with you

Observe social distancing rules

Take a bottle of Appleton along

to share with your party and drink


Sit back, relax and soak in the music.












Jamaica Jazz and Blues enthralled audiences of all ages,

from at home and abroad, for over 20 years. During this time,

the festival brought over 110,000 visitors to the island and

contributed some US$70 million to the economy. The festival

showcased over 400 international stars. Celine Dionne, Lionel

Richie, Air Supply are among the favourites. It also provided a

stage of excellence for our local musicians – Beres Hammond,

Tessanne Chin, and Beenie Man, among others. Production of

the festival ceased in 2015.

After a hiatus of 5 years,

we are bringing

the magic back!





With the blessing of brand owner, Walter

Elmore, individuals from the original

production team have come together

to present the virtual Jamaica Jazz and

Blues experience. This virtual experience will mix the

old and the new to create a scintillating festival that

will, indeed, bring the magic back for the steadfast fans

and introduce “one of the largest and most successful

music festivals in the western hemisphere” (Billboard

Magazine) to eager new audiences.

Livestreaming since 2010, Jamaica Jazz and Blues was

one of the first events to go virtual and so this virtual

experience should be no surprise. Combining our reach

with that of our partners, the event is expected to reach

large global audiences.

Adrian Allen, an Innovative Brand

Strategist and Digital Media Producer, has directed and

produced TV shows for Networks such as BET, HBO, NBC,

BRAVO Networks, and platforms Facebook Watch and

Netflix. and developed special media content for Awards

Shows, Cruise Lines, and giants such as Google and JetBlue.

Over the past 12 years, he has worked closely with music

festivals, such as the Jamaica Jazz and Blues, in overseeing

the creative concepts and marketing strategies to promote

and brand the festivals. He is also responsible for producing

and directing the multi-camera live production for over 350

Class A Acts such as Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Diana Ross,

Anita Baker to name a few. and executed live broadcasts

packaged for future distribution worldwide.


Vivienne Chance

is an independent Jamaican-American

Film/Video Producer, Writer and

International Voice Actress. On the board

of Steady Image, Inc., a multimedia, film and

video production company located in South

Florida producing full HD specials for networks

like The Travel Channel, HBO, BET and IslandStylee.

com. Producer of local and international digital content and local

voiceover celebrity. Vivienne works closely with mega companies

such as Art Of Music Productions (owners and promoters of Jamaica

Jazz & Blues Fest) and Frame By Frame (owners/producers of Island

Stylee) throughout the Caribbean to produce “magazine-style” TV,

web-broadcast specials.

Vivienne is one of the Executive Producers of Steady Image’s first

feature film, “The Heart of Summer” co-starring Jamaica’s, Paul

Campbell, along with Tesh Humphries, Lex Kelly-Meade, Sophia

Nicholson and Paul Hamilton.

Marcia McDonnough

is an Event Management Consultant with

over 30 years of professional experience

in fields ranging from the travel,

tourism and hospitality industry,

and over half of those years

spent in the entertainment

industry focusing on largescale

events such as music

festivals and conferences.

Events of note include Jamaica

Jazz and Blues festival, St Kitts

Music Festival, Turks and Caicos Music Festival,

Jamaica Epicurean Escape, Reggae Sumfest,

and more.

Marcia’s emphasis and experience reside

mainly in concept development, event

management, festival planning and

operations, access management, marketing

and sponsorships management and





MARCIA: It’s been a long haul for the

Jamaica Jazz and Blues team. Starting in

August we began the trek by reaching out

to sponsors and artists and since then it

has been non-stop work to get the plans

to where they are today. I’ve been seeking

sponsorship for the festival for very many

years but I must confess that this time was the

most challenging and took all the patience,

experience and relationship building that I

have developed over the years. Overall, the

times are hard financially and added to that, we

all are just learning how to adapt to the virtual

world and companies are no different, so the

confidence in getting involved is not a strong as

it is for a physical event. That being said we must

say a very big thanks to the many companies who

placed their confidence in us gave the support an

actually made it possible to host the event, and thanks

to them several events industry personnel who basically

lost their income due to COVID 19, have been able to

earn some income by working on the festival, most of

all were happy to be doing the job we love

ADRIAN: While it may seem that doing a virtual festival

is easier than a live one, this is not necessarily the case”,

explained Adrian Allen, “so many things have to be worked

out carefully in advance, and be just right so that when it’s

lights, camera, action, and that countdown gets to zero we

are up and live. There is no room for delays, or redos and so

every detail has to be thoroughly thought through put in place

in advance. We have to become excellent broadcast producers,

screen writers, directors, making sure every one is on cue,

everyone knows their part and that all put out their most stellar

performance no matter the role.

We hope you will enjoy the product

we have put together!





I respect Jazz

and Blues because

it is so focused on the

music. It’s open to new

sounds – once its good

music you can find

it at Jazz and


Jamaica Jazz and Blues has widened its repertoire

to embrace a group of talented Jamaican

musicians who are more closely associated with

the music underground than typical Jamaican

platforms. Their music is an eclectic fusion of jazz, rock, R&B,

reggae, world music and more. Despite their outstanding

talent the opportunities for performance are generally limited

and their primary avenue of exposure were the weekly jam

sessions (before the advent of COVID-19). The acts which will

take the stage on Friday 5 March are Eye of the Brainstorm,

Moon and Earth and the Fullness. Janine Jkuhl and CAJE

will perform on Saturday 6 March.

The jam sessions, held at various venues over the past decade included

Nanook on Burlington Avenue, the Constant Spring Golf Club and the

Pallet on North Avenue. The organiser of the “Jam is Back” as they were

described, is Jeremy Ashbourne, composer, performer and music

teacher who is passionately dedicated not only to his personal

development but to assisting other like minded musicians

to hone their talent and develop their craft. “There are

many groups and solo acts that don’t fit the mainstream

identity and who are uncompromising about what they

want to express. The Jam facilitated that as there was a

lack of opportunity for these performers”. The sessions

provided a space that allowed personal expression as

well as magical collaborations emanating from the

inspiration in the moment.

When Marcia McDonnough, co-producer of Jamaica

Jazz and Blues approached Rosina Moder, music

educator and composer, to assist in the showcasing

of talented young Jamaican musicians Rosina

called on these artists, most of whom she had met

through the Jam.



Singer and songwriter EARTH AND THE FULLNESS

(Olivia) describes her genre as roots. “Whether or not

there’s fusion, I can detect reggae in all my songs. Even

one which is very acoustic and has violins, when I am strumming the

guitar, I am actually hearing Nyabinghi drums. Then there are other songs

which are strictly roots reggae. But there are many different influences.

I have been inspired most by Bob Marley and the Wailers. The Wailers

were the rootsiest band ever, but they weren’t ever bound by genre.”


I can detect

in all

my songs

“My career is developing organically

and I’m really grateful for the people

who’ve been seeing that journey

and strengthening it” declares

Earth and the Fullness and credits

a supportive family – husband

Ishack, brother-in-law Inilek

and father-in-law Billy Mystic.

The musicians with whom she

works have also helped her grow

technically as she is very much an intuitive artist with very little

formal training.

Earth and Fulness is looking forward to her performance on the Jazz

and Blues stage, “I respect Jazz and Blues because it is so focused

on the music. It’s open to new sounds – once its good music you can

find it at Jazz and Blues, and they have always made room for musicians

you might not have heard of before, so I respect that. I am happy to be

on the show. I hope to be on it again! You have all this music, and you

want to be able to share it. That’s the point!”

MOON, composer, lyricist and outstanding performer describes

their style thus, “Jazz fusion would be the most accurate way of

describing my music. I am a jazz vocalist first and foremost, but

I don’t sing traditional jazz and I don’t write jazz but elements

of it are in my music. Instrumentally, I am inspired by so many

different genres. I love African drum rhythms; I connect heavily

with reggae music although I am not a reggae artiste but

the roots of it. Nyabingi patterns are present in my music,

so it’s a mix of jazz and world and whatever influence I

am feeling at the moment of writing.

I was

very excited

when Rosina

called me about Jazz

and Blues. It has been

around for years... I

always followed it and

its an honour to

be here.

Jazz fusion

...inspired by so many

different genres



Moon continues, “I write lyrics, the melody and chord progression. I play the

guitar and a little piano but I don’t perform with it. It informs my writing and

will sometimes use it to help me compose. I deliberately don’t write all the

parts of my songs because I want the musicians working with me to

add their flavour. I will bring the song and have certain pieces of

the arrangement which I want a certain way but everything

else is left up to the connection that we are forming and what

happens in the moment.

This moment might occur in studio as well as in live performances.

Sometimes what happens in studio is completely different from

what happens on stage”

“I was very excited when Rosina called me about Jazz and

Blues. It has been around for years and while I had not had the

privilege of attending, I always followed it and its an honour

to be here. We will be bringing jazz and blues to the festival.

There have been a lot of non jazz artists performing and they

are amazing but jazz and blues is something I am passionate

about, and when I was invited to be here I decided that that

was what I wanted to do.”


and pleased to

receive the invitation

to perform... I was happy

to see the more eclectic

groups get such an


THE EYE OF THE BRAINSTORM, led by Jeremy Ashbourne,

is a talented group of musicians who will bring the jazz element

to the Jamaica Jazz and Blues stage on Friday 5 March 2021.

They exist primarily in Jamaica’s music underground and

Jeremy Ashbourne was both surprised and pleased to receive

the invitation to perform. He commended the organisers “for

taking on this weird group of musicians. I was happy to

see the more eclectic groups get such an opportunity”.

The band is comprised of four primary members Joel

Ashbourne on keyboard and sometimes vocals, Darryl, aka

Kuki, on vocals and guitar, Tobi vocals, Jeremy drums and

background vocals, and Spider the auxiliary bass player.

They will be joined by veteran saxophonist, I-Sax in

Ja – a Canadian musician who has been based in

Negril for many years.





blend of music to

the stage...

Eye of the Brainstorm will bring their unique jazz-based blend of music

to the stage, they are “about expressing ourselves and being true to what

inspires us, we have wide musical interests and wide musical tastes and

we don’t want to limit ourselves says Jeremy Ashbourne, leader of the

band and a classically trained musician who plays several instruments.

He commends the producers for their courage in undertaking this

“mammoth task”. “I really appreciate the fact that this is happening.

The organisation, the production the logistical oversight at this

scale takes dedication and commitment and I commend and

appreciate that the Jazz team took the initiative and provided

an opportunity for performances.”

JANINE COOMBS, also known as Janine Jkuhl is an eclectic

singer-songwriter, who admires music and the art of music,

perfect fit for Jazz as the parent company of the festival is actually

“The Art of Music”. At the tender age of three Janine was introduced

to music by learning her first musical instrument, the piano. She

is influenced by many genres of music, and this can be heard

fused in her Indie music style. She also writes and sings classical,

jazz, alternative, reggae, adult contemporary and Indie-Pop.

Her most recent performance was at the Global Inaugural

Caribbean Party for the First Female American Vice President

Kamala Harris 2021 and has also been featured and

interviewed on CNN "The Voices of the Pandemic".

...influenced by many genres



music... fused in her

music style

I was

was ecstatic!

It has been my

dream to perform

on the main stage of

Jamaica Jazz and Blues

Festival because it

as such a diverse


“When I got the call from Music Unites that I was

selected to perform on the 2021 Jazz and Blues show

I was ecstatic! It has been my dream to perform on

the main stage of Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival

because it as such a diverse festival, it has class

and sophistication and is different from any other

Jamaican festival. That is what my music attracts.

I didn’t get to perform at the Bali Spirit Festival in

Indonesia last March, because of COVID 19, which

would have been my first major festival and then, Jamaica

Jazz and Blues becomes my first major festival!”. It was an

absolutely fantastic feeling.”



CAJE (pronounced “Cage”) is comprised of present students of the

UWI. CAJE combines members of two distinct musical groups,

the Classical Ensemble and the Jazz Ensemble. The Classical

Ensemble comprises mainly a group of players of string and

wind instruments who play mostly classical music; while

the Jazz ensemble is a group of players of popular band

instruments who perform mostly Jazz. CAJE is not a

paid group and its work is sustained by the individuals’

love of playing music and the informed guidance



of Peter Ashbourne.

about their


...the members

of the group were

very happy to be on

the Jazz and Blues


The festival will premiere the Peter Ashbourne Medley

'To Toots' which was commissioned by the Festival

organisers in honour of the late Toots Hibbert. This

new composition will be performed by 'CAJE' led

by the composer himself.

Peter Ashbourne explained that CAJE did a concert

season every year and the “Tribute to Toots was

very much in line with what we generally do, but

on a larger scale. It was right up our street”. He

said the members of the group were very happy

to be on the Jazz and Blues platform. “They were

doubly happy because they had been working

hard for their 2020 season, but COVID-19 hit,

and everything was shut down. Being in the

Jazz and Blues Festival has somewhat made

up for that disappointment.” He added that

as a group of university students there were

people of all different professions in the

group – engineers, marine biologists, etc.

– but were also serious and passionate

about their music.



“We feel extremely blessed

to be able to showcase the

exceptional talent of these

musicians’, Marcia expressed, “When I first

got involved in finding artists for the small stage at

Jazz, it was very important to me to expose new

and unexpected talent. It was a joy to me to watch

as the audience discovered and were amazed by

people they had never heard about, never expected

to see. As a matter of fact, people used to come to

the festival in those days to discover new talent, it

was definitely the icing on the cake as well as the

extra secret ingredient that made the festival such a

special treat. In addition, it gives me great pleasure

to know that I have played a part in helping someone

to showcase their skills and follow their dreams.

I truly hope that this experience

on the festival will help to

push them further along their

paths to success, and one day I

can be even more proud when

they become superstars.”

A special treat at Jamaica Jazz and Blues was strolling through marketplace which always

offered a varied selection of works by Jamaica’s finest creative and artistic entrepreneurs

presenting original and indigenous, sculpture, art, clothing, woodwork, jewellery, ceramics and

more. THIS YEAR A VIRTUAL ARTISAN VILLAGE will allow our guests view the products and

purchase directly online. Be sure to check out our virtual products and have your Mastercard

at the ready to treat yourself!

ANTILLIAN CHARM - Life-like, hand sculpted and hand painted, the

ceramic flora and fauna, mounted on canvas in solid wood shadow

boxes are unique wall decor and delightful gifts. Current collections

include Jamaican Natives, Birds, Wild Orchids of the World.


BAMBUSA - Specializes in beautiful handcrafted and laser engraved gift

designs made from nature. The collection includes photoboards, photo

gift boxes, wood journals, and more.

BRESHEH - A range of bespoke bags and accessories including:

backpacks, duffle bags, laptop carriers, pouches, totes, face masks among

others. As a Bresheh Family Member, you get inclusive personalization

with name or initials.

DIVINE TREASURES - Offer innovative, high quality

handmade items products include leather purses, handbags,

sandals and more.

PURE CHOCOLATE - Handmade, fineflavoured,

farm-to-bar chocolate. Uniquely

packaged with fine art illustrations.

PURPLE JADE - For one-of-a-kind, handmade jewellery

unmatched in quality and value. The brand is dedicated to

celebrating the woman who enjoys being an individual

through elegant and adventurous statement, pieces.

SHIEVELLE - Organic- based hair and skin care

brand that provides a line of dual – purposed

oils, butters and soaps.

SN KRAFT - Joined forces with Monex Ltd they and now have combined

experience and skills of 100 years in manufacturing souvenirs. Creating

wooden crafts and souvenirs, Monex Ltd. generates income for the Sir

John Golding Rehabilitation Centre, a non-profit, charitable organization,

which is operated by the Mona Rehabilitation Foundation. It provides jobs

for ex-patients of the centre and disabled persons in general. The main

project is a woodwork shop that manufactures high quality craft items.

ULTIMATE ART - Visual art, hand

painted images which allow the viewer to

contextualize authentic Jamaican experience.








Many people asked why

we didn’t charge for the

show…We wanted to

Bring the Magic Back to

as many as possible by sharing wonderful

musical talent and providing an amazing

entertainment experience without the

burden of a set fee, especially during

this time when so much has changed

our way of life. However, this wouldn’t

be possible without the kind support of

sponsors and donors and we invite you

to become a part of the Magic.


Your gift of cash will indicate your belief in the project,

show your appreciation for the talent and the experience,

and will help us to achieve our objective of assisting some

in our industry who have been deeply affected financially

by the fallout caused by COVID 19.

The Music Unites

Foundation of

Jamaica, a non-profit

organisation that is totally

funded by donations and

corporate support, was set

up by Rosina Moder and Peter

Ashbourne, two of Jamaica’s

most accomplished musicians, who have been committed

to nurturing musical talent among the island’s youth. They

established the Foundation to assist talented musicians like

those on the show to access training through scholarships,

acquire musical instruments and to receive other basic

support necessary for them to further their craft and

strengthen their skills. Since COVID 19, the foundation

has lost its funding and is currently unable to give the

support that they have done in the past. Jamaica Jazz

and Blues will assist them with part proceeds from

donations collected, to help them get back on track.

Production and technical crew who have consistently

worked behind the scenes to ensure that festivals such as

the Jamaica Jazz and Blues deliver a top-class experience

to all our fans, have also suffered greatly as a result of

the lack of live events, that has been a result of COVID

19. Many of them have been out of work for almost a

year. Already in doing this virtual show, some have been

able to earn and we aim to assist others who may not

have been a part of this production with part proceeds

from donations.

Help to make the difference! Thank you, in advance,

for supporting the Jamaica Jazz and Blues 2021 virtual

edition by attending, and for your kind donation.


8 The Band

Rayven Amani

Ken Ellis

Stars on the Rise




Joe Davis

Keturah Soul

Flautist Gray


Debbie Bissoon



8 The Band

Rayven Amani

Ken Ellis

Joe Davis

Keturah Soul

Flautist Gray

Iron Kyte



Iron Kyte



Stars on the Rise



Bunny Rose

Earth and the


Eye of the




All Stars Day 1



Jah 9

Lila Ike

Becky Glacier



Tami & Wayne




Bunny Rose

Earth and

the Fullness

Eye of the



Jah 9

Becky Glacier

Lila Ike







All Stars Day 1





John Project



Zia Benjamin

Janine JKuhl


All Stars Day 2






Terri-Karelle Reid




(Tribute to Toots)

Teddyson John




Zia Benjamin

Janine JKuhl



Jon Secada

Richie Stephens

Jon Secada

Richie Stephens

All Stars Day 2









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A taste of the Island, Simply The Best













MEMORIES MFormer Air Jamaica Staff, share their memories of the early days of the

Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival – Richard Lue, then general manger

of Jamaica’s operations; Gregg Truman, then director of marketing

for Air Jamaica and Marcia McDonnough.




Richard Lue is often referred

to as “the Godfather of Jazz &

Blues”. He was, in those early

days, the general manager for

Jamaica and based in Kingston.

He recalls being summoned by Allen

Chastanet, vice president of Air Jamaica

to a meeting with Mr Butch Stewart to discuss the

establishment of an event. The meeting included

Walter Elmore who represented the Gloucester Avenue

Restaurant Association and who became central to

the growth and success of the event.

The rationale for the event was as to bring visitors

to the island and to fill the empty Air Jamaica seats

during a slow period so the time chosen was October.

Once the decision was concretized, in typical Butch

Stewart fashion, he decreed that it should be done in

10 weeks and it was. The idea was to establish a festival

in Jamaica, along the lines of the St Lucia Jazz Festival.

It was to be a community event with smaller concerts

at different venues and climaxing with the big event.

In the early years the big shows started early in the

afternoon and ended fairly early in the night to allow

people to move on to the smaller events and to dine at

the restaurants in the town. Eventually, we had accept

that Jamaicans preferred to go out in the night and

stay to the wee hours so the community aspect fell off.

The stalwarts of that first festival were Richard

himself, Gregg Truman, Walter Elmore, Allen

Chastanet, Joy Schaffe, and some 300 volunteers

from the staff of Air Jamaica. Richard declares, “Let

me put this on the record – for at least the three or

four first years the festival was staffed by volunteers

from Air Jamaica. They worked on every aspect of

the festival and worked hard”.



There were many challenges and when your back

is to the wall and things seem impossible who

do you call? Mom, of course! Luckily, Richards

mom, affectionately known as Ma Lue, was the

chairman of the Reggae Sumfest board and Walter

a member. He called his mom and said, “Mom, We

need to borrow some stuff!”. What the unsuspecting

Mrs Lue did not realise was that the Jazz festival team

intended to move trailer loads of Reggae Sumfest

stuff – equipment, staging, fencing – just about

everything. Richard reflects “few people are aware

of the support that the festival got from Reggae

Sumfest. We, literally, couldn’t have pulled off the

festival in those early years without them”.


Major support also came from Jamaica Customs. As

Richard recalls, “we got off to a somewhat rocky start

as the very first event of that first festival, which was held

at Pier 1, was delayed by several hours due to difficulties in

clearing equipment at customs. However, over the years the

Jamaica Customs became another stalwart supporter of the

festival. They guided us and helping to make sure that equipment

and performers got in in good time.

It was these types of partnerships and support that resulted in

the growth and success of the festival.


The first venue for the main show was the Rose Hall Great

House. Other shows that had been held there generally used

the house as the backdrop for the stage, but we turned it

around and the sea became the backdrop and the grounds

formed a natural amphitheatre. Of course, that created

issues for the construction and support of the stage but

we pulled it off. The ambience we were trying to create

was a relaxed, picnic setting with patrons spreading their

blankets on the ground – a Hollywood Bowl scenario.


We moved from Rose Hall and Montego

Bay to James Bond Beach, Oracabessa.

This had a different type of charm. However,

limited access with one narrow road coming

in and out created a bottleneck and major

annoyance for patrons.

The next venue was the Cinnamon Hill Golf

Course, Rose Hall. This was the favourite

of many people and it was beautiful. This

was where we first constructed sky boxes

and sponsors had the space to be creative in

their activations on the ground. When it got

dark, we would light bonfires on the hill behind

the crowd which not only contributed to the

ambience but generated heat to warm up the,

sometimes, cold venue. It had its logistic issues

as changing rooms were located at the bottom of

the hill and so we had to transport the performers

up and down the hill. The show grew in popularity

and soon outgrew this venue.

The move was made to the Aqueduct, where there

was much more space both to set up the show and also

provide more than adequate parking. It was flat and easier

to work on. The main attraction was the aqueduct itself

which provided a beautiful backdrop for the stage.

The final venue was the Trelawny Stadium. This was the

best space in terms setting up for the show – there was space

and comfortable facilities for patrons.

My favourites were Rosehall Great House to which I had a

sentimental attachment and eventually the stadium which

was easy to work with.







The very first event of the first festival was held at Pier

1. In addition to getting off to a very late start, the

sea became increasingly rough and the show went

on against backdrop of gigantic waves crashing onto

the rocks, but the party did not stop!

The second year at Rosehall Greathouse coincided

with World Cup Football and I remember we had to

put TV sets in the trees to keep patrons abreast of the

games. In those days there were no LED screens.

The early years of the Jazz Festival were practically

synonymous with rain. It was staged initially in the

October which was a very rainy month. Seasoned

patrons never forgot their rain gear. The decision was

made to avoid this by moving to the last weekend in

January when we also made the move to James Bond

Beach. The show on Friday went well and there was no

rain. At about 6:00a.m on Saturday morning there was

the unmistakable sound of rain. The rain was relentless

and damaged the stage making it impossible to put on

the show and all acts were rescheduled for the Sunday

night. Patrons were livid. Many demanded their money

back. Chaos was the only word to describe it.

The show on Sunday was one of the biggest shows

ever put on in Jamaica. There were eight band changes.

The pressure on the production team was enormous.

But all is well that ends well as it was an outstanding

show and everyone was satisfied.

Of course the performances – The Isely Brothers at

the first show at Rose Hall, Air Supply, Kenny Rogers at

Cinnamon Hill, Celine Dion, Diana Ross who enraged

the crowd and the brilliant performance of Billy Ocean

as he saved the night.

A Really special moment for me was watching

the show with the great Johnny Cash as he sat,

unobtrusively, under the bonfires at Cinnamon Hill.

Gregg Truman

The first year on the evening of the main

show at Rosehall Greathouse, rain was

pouring down like it can only in Jamaica.

We were experiencing almost Monsoon-like

conditions, but the acts were going on until it

was time for the final act – the Isely Brothers.

The limousine brought them from the hotel to

the parking lot close to the stage. Ronald Isely

looked down and between the parking lot and

the stage was a mud lake. He said “I am not going

down in that. I am not getting my alligator boots dirty

in this mud! What were we going to do? We ran back to Sandals

and brought hundreds of towels from the laundry room and

laid them out for him to walk on so he wouldn’t get his boots

dirty. His performance was amazing!

Marcia McDonnough

I remember that year at Rose Hall

Greathouse when we had to mount

TV sets in the trees for one of the

qualifying games for World

Cup Football. The match was

underway, the tension was

high; Jamaica needed a goal

to win. Black Uhuru was on

stage singing “Solidarity”.

When it came to the part of the

song that asked, “What we need, what we

need? the crowd shouted, ‘A GOAL”. Sure

enough, just after that we scored and were

one step closer to qualifying for the World

Cup. Everyone was ecstatic!

My other memory of the later years was Celine

Dion’s sound check. She came into the stadium

in the evening before the show and came on

stage for her sound check.

She looked around and saw everyone getting

the grounds ready…putting out chairs, putting

final touches to the booths etc. She called

out to everyone using the mic and said..”

hey, everybody come closer”, and then she

started the sound check. Her sound check

was fabulous and everyone in the stadium

had a wonderful time. About a week later

someone I knew saw me and said, “Bwoy

Marcia, I was so happy that I came early and

saw Celine’s early show”. Of course, I didn’t

know which early show she was talking about…

only to realise that she thought the sound

check was actually an early show. Celine was

just awesome in every way.

I can't speak about Jazz without mentioning

Walter Elmore. Even though I had worked with

the festival from inception as a member of Air

Jamaica, it was Walter who truly brought me

into to the full production and management of

the event when he took it over from Air Jamaica.

That started the most wonderful journey for me as it

went from conceptualising the look and feel, figuring

out who the artists should be, developing relationships

with the sponsors and so much more.

Walter has a gift for figuring out the production of large

events. He would go to an empty piece of land… full of bush

and trees, and he would say, “Marcia see the stage over

there, the skyboxes facing that way, and the food court in

that space” and the venue would come to life on the bushy

piece of land as he described it. It was amazing.

I remember when we had to move from Rose Hall Aqueduct to

the Trelawney Stadium, and we agonised over leaving Montego

Bay and going into Trelawny which seemed so far away. We

decided to call it Greenfield Stadium so that it wouldn’t sound

so far. And within weeks we did a full campaign with digital flyover

and all, to get people comfortable with the idea. When we

finished setting up the stadium with all the skyboxes and the

booth layouts etc, the transformation was amazing.


Of course working with so many

superstar international performers,

learning how they thought, what

needed to be done to ensure their

performances were flawless was in itself is

something I would not have experienced if it

were not for the Jazz and Blues Festival.

So I do wish to thank Walter, not only for

really entrenching me into the world of

large events, but especially this year for

having the confidence and faith in Adrian

and me to put on Jamaica Jazz and Blues

2021. We intend to do him proud and to

make sure that the Jamaica Jazz and Blues

again takes its pride of place at the peak of

festivals in the Caribbean.

Celebrating the 2008 launch of Jamaica Jazz and

Blues Festival are (from left) Zachary Harding,

Walter Elmore, Minister Edmund Bartlett, Carole

Guntley and Shaggy.




Richie Stephens


ichie Stephens is part of

a feature called Circle

Jamaica, which we will

be shown on 5 March. It

showcases popular destinations, the

culture, food and people. Richie has been

a musical ambassador and a partner of

the festival over the years.

Appleton Estate in St Elizabeth, Negril in

Westmoreland, the Hip Strip in Montego

Bay, St James, White River Park, and Fern

Gully in St Ann, Blue Hole in Portland and

in Kingston the Bob Marley Museum, Ribi’s

and Fleet Street, Downtown and Port Royal

are the stops that Richie Stephens made as he

circled Jamaica.

The tour will share the beauty of Jamaica with

the thousands of international members of the

audience that are expected to tune in to watch

the show. It will also remind Jamaicans at

home and abroad of the exquisite beauty

of the island and to encourage them to

visit as soon as possible.


Richie Stephens expressed his joy at being

able to host the tour as it served as a reminder

of the lushness of the island and of the country’s

rich and varied culture. “It was a revealing and

captivating experience. I learnt so much. The visit

to Appleton Estate was an education. The estate is

really a community which in addition to the distillery

has a school for the children of staff as well as a housing

complex for staff. The highlight of the visit was the

privilege of meeting the illustrious Joy Spence, the only

female master blender in the world.”

Every stop had its individual appeal. For instance, Fern

Gully, he learnt, had over 300 species of ferns and before

it was transformed into a dry river bed had been one of

the eight rivers of Ocho Rios. “There is no doubt that

the Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival will be a fitting

platform from which to share the attractions which

make our country a favourite destination for tourists

the world over”, he said.

Richie Stephens is one of the favoured

performers who has performed on the

JJ&B stage repeatedly and is looking

forward to his first virtual presentation.

“As artistes we have to learn to adjust

to working on the virtual stage and

to be as professional as when on the

physical stage.

It is a great opportunity

for me and I am happy

to help ‘Bring the

magic Back’.”





Have fun with them as they show

the world some of the amazing

places to stay in Jamaica.

Check out our video features

on March 6 and get a peep

of where you must stay on

your next visit to Jamaica.

visit to Jamaica.



Join The Mitchells

as they explore

some of the hottest

hotel destinations

in Jamaica.

Perched on the edge of the Blue

Mountains rainforest overlooking the

Caribbean Sea, Geejam Hotel is located

on the north-east coast of Jamaica.


It is a magical destination that combines natural beauty with

modern convenience and has played host to a loyal celebrity and

artist following (many of whom have made music history in the

onsite recording studio. Its off the grid, yet totally dialed in. You’ll

want to come back again and again. It is the product of music

industry veterans and developers Jon Baker and Steve Beaver.



Experience a vacation paradise where all-inclusive luxury

harmonizes with laid-back Jamaican charm. Gourmet

dining, over-the-top amenities, luxurious accommodations

and more await you at Moon Palace. Special rates

offered to patrons who book their hotel stay during

event period (March 4 - 6, 2021) for future stays at

the Moon Palace as follows:

Resort View - USD$390.00 SGL/DBL per night

Ocean View - USD$448.00 SGL/DBL per night

Ocean View with Balcony - USD$470.00 SGL/

DBL per night.



Royalton offers a unique experience where

beautiful architecture is combined with

incomparable service and incredible attention

to detail. Every aspect of your stay-from

unlimited à la carte dining to the signature

handcrafted Dreambed- has been carefully

designed to deliver personalized service that

meets your unique needs.

Special rates offered to patrons who book their hotel stay

during event period (March 4 - 6, 2021) for future stays

at the Royalton Bluewaters as follows:

USD$140 per person per night based on

double occupancy.

USD$210 SGL per night.

USD$45 per child per night ages 2-12.

1 child free when sharing with 2 adults.



Set on a picturesque peninsula surrounded by crystal-clear waters,

the adults only Secrets St. James Montego Bay offers luxurious

vacation experiences in a serene tropical setting. Cool off in

one of the resort’s refreshing pools or a luxury spa with indoor

massage cabins and Zen Beauty Salon, try out resort-offered

activities like cooking and dance lessons. Secrets offers the

ultimate vacation experience


Time seems to stand still at Strawberry Hill Jamaica

Luxury Resort, set high in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains.

Each unique cottage is snugly

nestled within the mountain’s

contours angled to capture their

own breathtaking and ravishing

view. Mountains on one side with

the city of Kingston far below,

on the other, surrounded

by the blue Caribbean Sea

gleaming beyond.
















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