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The rhythm of JAMAICA is unmatched, Its charm<br />

pulls you in. You can’t help laughing and relaxing,<br />

with sand between your toes, and sea breeze on your<br />

face, as you sway in time to the beat.

From the<br />

EDITOR<br />

4<br />

The response to the return of Jamaica Jazz and Blues<br />

has been overwhelming! Music lovers from all walks of<br />

life, at home and abroad have expressed excitement and<br />

anticipation of the return of the festival. Co-producers Adrian<br />

Allen and Marcia McDonnough were somewhat hesitant when they<br />

floated the idea in August, but the enthusiasm with which it was<br />

received encouraged them to take the leap. Seven months later, the<br />

festival is about to be staged and we are all waiting with bated breath.<br />

The journey has been fraught with challenges and doubt, but those<br />

negatives were outweighed by a can-do attitude, positive vibes and<br />

hope. The early months saw the “challenges of getting the necessary<br />

funding. Many companies do not understand the benefits of the<br />

virtual space as they do the physical....they are not accustomed to<br />

doing activations that are digital and even though the virtual space<br />

can easily give them tens of thousands more viewers they are<br />

uncomfortable with the unknown. Covid-19 presented many<br />

difficulties including an uncertain financial environment”, shared<br />

Marcia. There have been many high points too, like “meeting<br />

the artists and discovering their talent and just watching as<br />

the presentation comes together. Becoming excited about<br />

viewing it even though we have been working on it for<br />

so long. And, of course, slowly but surely garnering the<br />

support of those loyal sponsors, many of whom supported<br />

the festival before and are now back on board”.<br />

March 4-6 will see the virtual extravaganza in<br />

which the team will “Bring the Magic Back”; three<br />

nights of a wealth of diverse talent, most of<br />

which comprise new and emerging performers<br />

coming to the main Jamaica Jazz and Blues<br />

stage for the first time, the exceptions being<br />

Richie Stephens and Jon Secada.<br />

Jazz & Blues Riddims will be sharing the<br />

experience of combining all the elements<br />

to bring you the vibrant, seamless package<br />

of world class entertainment while also<br />

celebrating the essence of our island home.<br />

We will introduce the performers.<br />

We will reminisce about the<br />

glorious days of the Jamaica Jazz<br />

and Blues, tracing the story from its<br />

emergence as Air Jamaica Jazz and<br />

Blues, highlighting outstanding acts and<br />

the ambience of the memorable venues.<br />

We will celebrate the team that made<br />

it happen – our sponsors, marketing<br />

and production teams. We will walk<br />

you through the virtual Artisan Village<br />

which offers outstanding and exquisitely<br />

crafted Jamaican pieces ranging from<br />

leather masks, backpacks and handbags<br />

to intricately designed jewelry, beautiful<br />

footwear and aromatic oils.<br />

With the thousands of international individuals<br />

that will make up our audience, we optimized<br />

the opportunities provided by the virtual<br />

platform to showcase the many delights Jamaica<br />

has to offer through two special features –<br />

“Circle Jamaica with Richie Stephens” and “Stay<br />

With Us” hosted by Tami and Wayne Mitchell.<br />

Richie visited several world-renown features<br />

of the island – Dunn’s River Falls, Rick’s Café,<br />

Fern Gully, Blue Hole. Tami and Wayne popped<br />

into a number of hotels including Royalton,<br />

GeeJam, and Moon Palace.<br />

Most important, we pay tribute to two iconic<br />

individuals who impacted the Jamaica Jazz<br />

and Blues Festival – founder, the late Butch<br />

Stewart and Toots Hibbert, stellar performer.<br />

Be sure to join us for the three awesome<br />

nights, March 4-6 <strong>2021</strong> when we “Bring the<br />

Magic Back”.<br />

Maxine McDonnough

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Contents<br />

Inside<br />

8 Messages<br />

12 Tributes To<br />

Butch Stewart And<br />

Toots Hibbert<br />

16 Enjoying Jazz<br />

Virtually!<br />

18 Bringing Back<br />

The Magic!<br />

22 Eclectic Sounds<br />

28 Artisan Village<br />

30 You Can Help Us<br />

Artists<br />

32 Stars On The Rise<br />

34 All Stars Night 1<br />

36 All Stars Night 2<br />

38 Sponsors<br />

40 Jazz Memories<br />

46 Circle Jamaica<br />

48 Stay With Us<br />


Message from the<br />


of<br />


I<br />

am pleased to extend sincere congratulations to the<br />

team at Steady Image, Touchstone Productions, and<br />

their many partners, as they stage the highly-anticipated<br />

return of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues music festival.<br />

The Ministry of Tourism, through our marketing arm the Jamaica<br />

Tourist Board (JTB), is happy to once again collaborate with you for<br />

this prestigious musical event, which will be hosted in a virtual format.<br />

Over the years, the festival has presented numerous exceptional<br />

artistes, including Celine Dion, Beres Hammond, Chaka Khan, Shaggy,<br />

Aaron Neville and Tessanne Chin. Therefore, like most viewers, I<br />

am really looking forward to seeing this year’s spectacular line up<br />

of both local and international performers.<br />

I must extend special commendation to the team for not only<br />

making this event free of charge to viewers, but for your pledge<br />

to assist some of our entertainment practitioners who have<br />

been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, through a charity<br />

component of the event.<br />

We are overjoyed to see the creative industries slowly<br />

coming back to life and applaud you for using innovative<br />

means to showcase the best of Jamaica’s music and<br />

culture to the world.<br />

The Network is comprised of key sport<br />

and entertainment practitioners who<br />

have been charged to lead this effort.<br />

Some of the key initiatives of the network<br />

include the promotion of festivals; the<br />

coordination of established activities/<br />

events for the Tourism Calendar; as well as<br />

greater collaboration with event promoters<br />

and venue managers to package and<br />

promote local music events and festivals to<br />

help eliminate seasonality. This is an initiative<br />

we are driving with my colleague, Minister<br />

Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange and her team at the<br />

Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment<br />

and Sport.<br />

We are seeing positive outcomes as we continue<br />

to support the building out of captivating<br />

entertainment experiences. I once again<br />

congratulate the entire team for bringing the<br />

Jamaica Jazz and Blues music festival back,<br />

and wish you a successful staging of this<br />

outstanding event.<br />

8<br />

Entertainment tourism is one of the main niche<br />

areas, which we have been placing special focus<br />

on, in order to further diversify our tourism<br />

product and tap into new markets. The Sports<br />

and Entertainment Network of the Ministry’s<br />

Tourism Linkages Network was created as one<br />

of those strategic steps towards capitalizing<br />

on Jamaica’s potential in this area.<br />


Message from the<br />




and SPORT<br />

The covid-19 pandemic has dealt a blow to industries<br />

worldwide and among the hardest hit are our cultural<br />

and creative practitioners. As many of them take to the<br />

virtual airwaves to maintain relevance and visibility to fans<br />

worldwide, the return of a Virtual Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival<br />

is welcome.<br />

As Minister of Culture, I am pleased at the opportunities being provided<br />

our industry practitioners by the festival which has always been an<br />

important driver of Jamaica’s music, culture, entertainment and<br />

tourism.<br />

Despite the virtual format, the festival maintains its signature<br />

“small stage” tradition to unearth and showcase new Jamaican<br />

talent with a Band Quest Competition. The festival will also<br />

incorporate the popular art and craft marketplace with an<br />

Artisan Village featuring authentic Jamaican wooden items,<br />

jewellery and ceramics.<br />

Although Jamaica Jazz and Blues looks and feels a little<br />

different, being staged virtually for the first time, we<br />

anticipate a full face to face return in coming years. I<br />

commend foundation members of the team, Steady<br />

Image and Touchstone Productions, as they bring<br />

back the magic from March 4 - 6, <strong>2021</strong>, close on<br />

the heels of Reggae Month <strong>2021</strong> which wraps this<br />

February, spearheaded by my Ministry.<br />

The Government, through the Ministry<br />

of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and<br />

Sport; the Ministry of Local Government<br />

and Rural Development and the Ministry<br />

of Health and Wellness, with the input of<br />

industry stakeholders continues to work<br />

on protocols for the safe reopening of<br />

the wider entertainment sector.<br />

Congratulations to the organisers and<br />

partners on bringing back the festival. We<br />

look forward to the usual dynamism of local<br />

and international performances backed by<br />

the top class production for which the festival<br />

has become known.<br />



Message from the<br />


of<br />


I<br />

am thrilled that Jamaica Jazz and Blues will Bring back<br />

the Magic of one of Jamaica’s best loved music festival.<br />

The Jamaica Tourist Board is proud to be a partner in<br />

this venture.<br />

We have missed the festival for a few years! With masterful production,<br />

class acts, and an unmistakable Jamaican flare, the festival adds to<br />

the high demand music events that make Jamaica the beat that<br />

moves the world.<br />

Once a staple on the list of music lovers, and a bucket list item for<br />

many, Jamaica Jazz and Blues has given us magical moments. We<br />

recall how John Legend could do no wrong; how Celine Dion<br />

locked down Montego Bay with her scintillating performance<br />

and how patrons waited in drenching showers just to see<br />

Beres Hammond’s performance! We can’t wait to see what<br />

mesmerizing and riveting melodic experiences you will deliver<br />

this year.<br />

The festival gives lovers of our music<br />

yet another reason to remain connected<br />

with the destination and engage with<br />

our brand. It also serves as a teaser to<br />

whet their appetite as they eagerly await<br />

the time when they can again travel to<br />

the island.<br />

While audiences are still craving live<br />

performances, I know the popularity of our<br />

destination brand in the virtual space will<br />

draw thousands of patrons to experience the<br />

magic of Jamaica Jazz and Blues.<br />

Welcome back, Jamaica Jazz and Blues…<br />

Cheers to a very successful event. We are waiting<br />

with baited breath for a magical experience.<br />

Jamaican culture has always loomed large with pulses that<br />

move the world. Now more than ever, the world needs<br />

our music offerings. The festival’s relevance is more than<br />

just entertainment… it is an escape from the blues and<br />

gloom of the current global pandemic. We need the<br />

power of music to heal, to lift our mood, to lower<br />

our stress levels and to give us hope. Patrons from<br />

around the world will turn to the Jamaica Jazz<br />

and Blues festival to experience the magic of<br />

the music.<br />

Donovan White<br />


Tribute to<br />

BUTCH<br />


JAMAICA <strong>JAZZ</strong> & <strong>BLUES</strong><br />


Legacy<br />

12<br />

1996 saw the birth of the Air Jamaica<br />

Jazz and Blues Festival. Twenty-six<br />

years later, now known as the Jamaica<br />

Jazz and Blues Festival it is recognised as<br />

one of the most eagerly anticipated events<br />

of the Caribbean’s entertainment calendar. This is the<br />

legacy of the Honourable Gordon “Butch” Stewart under<br />

whose leadership as the chairman of the national airline<br />

– Air Jamaica, this iconic event was established.<br />

His interest in ensuring the growth of<br />

the tourism industry and developing<br />

Jamaica as a major hub in the<br />

Caribbean guided the major goals<br />

that the festival set out to achieve<br />

– establish a music festival with a<br />

broad-based appeal for locals while<br />

also attracting visitors to the island; boosting the economy<br />

of Montego Bay which hosted the event; fill the seats<br />

of the national airline and further enhance Jamaica’s<br />

reputation as the premier entertainment destination in<br />

the Caribbean.<br />

Mr Butch Stewart was incomparable in his audacious,<br />

creative, and inspirational leadership. Once he decided<br />

that something was to be done, he did not tolerate doubt<br />

...the first festival<br />

was staged within<br />

only 10-weeks of<br />

its conception.<br />

in his team’s ability to activate, nor did he acknowledge<br />

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

the decision for the festival was made, he made it clear to<br />

his team that this should be accomplished with urgency<br />

but without compromising any standards of a quality,<br />

world-class production. It is therefore no surprise that<br />

the first festival was staged within only 10-weeks of its<br />

conception.<br />

Over the years the festival gained a<br />

reputation of excellence not only<br />

for the quality of artistes brought to<br />

the Jamaican stage, but the beauty,<br />

sophistication and comfort of the<br />

ambience created. It was a space in<br />

which friends and family celebrated<br />

special moments and reconnected<br />

and strangers formed new bonds of friendship. It became<br />

a space in which artistes bonded with the Jamaican people<br />

with many returning, eagerly, to the Jazz and Blues stage<br />

time and time again. It has created a heritage fitting of the<br />

visionary who made it possible and we honour Mr Stewart<br />

for this legacy which we endeavour to enrich and grow.<br />

Deepest condolences to his family and God’s strength<br />

and comfort in this time of loss and grief.<br />

The <strong>2021</strong> Jamaica Jazz<br />

& Blues Team

Tribute to<br />

TOOTS<br />



ANDProlific<br />


Toots Hibbert last performed on the Jazz and Blues stage<br />

in 2005 at Cinnamon Hill. That concert was memorable<br />

for many reasons but most of all for the scintillating and<br />

high energy performance the legendary star delivered.<br />

As Carolyn Johnson, freelance writer reported in Gleaner article<br />

published May 21, 2006, “Toots Hibbert was<br />

all the rage at the final night of the Air Jamaica<br />

Jazz and Blues Festival, as he delivered a<br />

commanding performance on January 30,<br />

2005, in Montego Bay, St. James”. His haunting,<br />

raspy voice held the audience in thrall as he<br />

belted out hit after hit.<br />

Jamaica Jazz and Blues joins music lovers<br />

across the world in mourning the passing of<br />

Toots Hibbert in September 2020 when he seemed set to offer so<br />

much more to his myriad fans and the music industry. Toots is an<br />

icon of Jamaica’s music industry, commented Marcia McDonnough,<br />

co-producer of the <strong>2021</strong> festival, “He performed at what was then<br />

the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues in 2003 and was brought back<br />

in 2005 where he admirably shared the stage with many greats<br />

icon<br />

Toots is an<br />

of Jamaica’s<br />

music industry<br />

such as Lou Rawls, Dionne Warwick, Julio<br />

Iglesias and many more. Toots showed the<br />

strength of his music and popularity as he<br />

took the huge crowd singing along with<br />

him song after song. The Jamaica Jazz<br />

and Blues has always<br />

strived to recognise<br />

exceptional talent and of<br />

course Toots is a perfect<br />

example of the type of<br />

performer that gave the<br />

festival its unique place<br />

and popularity among<br />

its fans. He will be sadly<br />

missed by the music<br />

world and we are sorry we will not be able<br />

to showcase him again. We will, therefore,<br />

pay tribute to his legacy with a special<br />

feature at the festival and encourage our<br />

stars on the rise to emulate him ”.<br />


Having established Toots and<br />

the Maytals in 1961 he worked<br />

in the music industry for close<br />

to seven decades. His entry<br />

on the scene in the 1960s was meteoric<br />

as he immediately caught the attention of<br />

the industry and listeners alike and scored<br />

some of Jamaica’s early international hits<br />

including “Sweet and Dandy”, “Take Me<br />

Home Country Roads”, “Monkey Man”, “54-<br />

a pioneer<br />

46”, “Peeping Tom”.<br />

of reggae and its<br />

evolutionary genres...<br />

Toots was globally recognised as a pioneer of reggae and<br />

its evolutionary genres, ska and rocksteady which have<br />

not only been covered by famous foreign singers and<br />

bands but have contributed to the development of other<br />

modern genres. Toots was also credited with, if not<br />

naming reggae, being the first to use the word in<br />

the title of a song – the 1968 composition, “Do the<br />

Reggay”. He performed and collaborated with many<br />

international artistes including Willie Nelson<br />

and the Rolling Stones. He performed in<br />

some 60 countries in the continents<br />

of Africa, Europe, Australia, North and<br />

South America.<br />

Toots was recognised for his<br />

outstanding career winning the 2004<br />

Reggae Grammy, for the album True<br />

Love and his latest album, Got to<br />

be Tough, released on August<br />

28 has been nominated for<br />

the <strong>2021</strong> Grammy Awards. In<br />

2010 Rolling Stone Magazine<br />

included him in their “100<br />

Greatest Singers of All Time”<br />

list with his ranking at 71. In<br />

2012 he was awarded the<br />

Order of Jamaica.<br />

14<br />

Jamaica Jazz and Blues<br />

salutes the incomparable<br />

Toots Hibbert!<br />

The <strong>2021</strong> Jamaica<br />

Jazz & Blues Team

Enjoying Jazz<br />


Longstanding Jazz and Blues fans will<br />

recall that the planning for the festival<br />

was close to preparing for a military<br />

manoeuvre.<br />

There was the securing of tickets, booking<br />

of hotel rooms as close to venue as possible,<br />

which meant months in advance. The right<br />

wardrobe which was generally casual chic,<br />

fashionable yet comfortable enough to take<br />

you through eight hours of sitting on your<br />

blanket on the ground or standing shoulder<br />

to shoulder with thousands of other fans,<br />

unless you had bought a VIP ticket which<br />

might include chairs. There was the timing<br />

of arrival to avoid the inevitable traffic jam,<br />

ensure parking at a reasonable distance and<br />

securing space that allowed a good view<br />

of the stage while also with a reasonably<br />

clear access to the food court, bars and rest<br />

rooms. For some it might also mean toting<br />

your liquor of choice and the attendant<br />

paraphernalia. Binoculars might be handy<br />

in the event you failed to get a good spot.<br />

In the days of Cinnamon Hill Golf Course, it<br />

was prudent to prepare for cool even cold<br />

weather – blankets, comforters, thick, warm<br />

clothing, and even raincoats and umbrellas.<br />

Most of the time the evening was cool, and<br />

balmy with caressing tropical breezes but<br />

this was never guaranteed.<br />

FOR TRADITIONAL <strong>JAZZ</strong> AND <strong>BLUES</strong> FANS<br />


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No tickets<br />

No commuting<br />

Clothes of your choice,<br />

Your Laptop, mobile, tablet, Smart<br />

TV or big screen<br />

Good Internet service or mobile<br />

data plan…check out FLOW for<br />

great packages<br />

A comfortable chair,<br />

Have your Mastercard ready to shop<br />

in the Artisan Village<br />

Refreshments at hand as you<br />

won’t want to miss a minute of the<br />

offerings.<br />

Sit back, relax and enjoy!<br />



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Numbers don’t exceed the limit<br />

mandated for COVID 19 safety<br />

Wear your mask unless eating or<br />

drinking<br />

Take your sanitizer with you<br />

Observe social distancing rules<br />

Take a bottle of Appleton along<br />

to share with your party and drink<br />

responsibly<br />

Sit back, relax and soak in the music.<br />






BACK<br />

Magic!<br />

the<br />

JAMAICA <strong>JAZZ</strong> & <strong>BLUES</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

18<br />


Jamaica Jazz and Blues enthralled audiences of all ages,<br />

from at home and abroad, for over 20 years. During this time,<br />

the festival brought over 110,000 visitors to the island and<br />

contributed some US$70 million to the economy. The festival<br />

showcased over 400 international stars. Celine Dionne, Lionel<br />

Richie, Air Supply are among the favourites. It also provided a<br />

stage of excellence for our local musicians – Beres Hammond,<br />

Tessanne Chin, and Beenie Man, among others. Production of<br />

the festival ceased in 2015.

After a hiatus of 5 years,<br />

we are bringing<br />

the magic back!<br />

THE TEAM<br />




With the blessing of brand owner, Walter<br />

Elmore, individuals from the original<br />

production team have come together<br />

to present the virtual Jamaica Jazz and<br />

Blues experience. This virtual experience will mix the<br />

old and the new to create a scintillating festival that<br />

will, indeed, bring the magic back for the steadfast fans<br />

and introduce “one of the largest and most successful<br />

music festivals in the western hemisphere” (Billboard<br />

Magazine) to eager new audiences.<br />

Livestreaming since 2010, Jamaica Jazz and Blues was<br />

one of the first events to go virtual and so this virtual<br />

experience should be no surprise. Combining our reach<br />

with that of our partners, the event is expected to reach<br />

large global audiences.<br />

Adrian Allen, an Innovative Brand<br />

Strategist and Digital Media Producer, has directed and<br />

produced TV shows for Networks such as BET, HBO, NBC,<br />

BRAVO Networks, and platforms Facebook Watch and<br />

Netflix. and developed special media content for Awards<br />

Shows, Cruise Lines, and giants such as Google and JetBlue.<br />

Over the past 12 years, he has worked closely with music<br />

festivals, such as the Jamaica Jazz and Blues, in overseeing<br />

the creative concepts and marketing strategies to promote<br />

and brand the festivals. He is also responsible for producing<br />

and directing the multi-camera live production for over 350<br />

Class A Acts such as Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Diana Ross,<br />

Anita Baker to name a few. and executed live broadcasts<br />

packaged for future distribution worldwide.<br />


Vivienne Chance<br />

is an independent Jamaican-American<br />

Film/Video Producer, Writer and<br />

International Voice Actress. On the board<br />

of Steady Image, Inc., a multimedia, film and<br />

video production company located in South<br />

Florida producing full HD specials for networks<br />

like The Travel Channel, HBO, BET and IslandStylee.<br />

com. Producer of local and international digital content and local<br />

voiceover celebrity. Vivienne works closely with mega companies<br />

such as Art Of Music Productions (owners and promoters of Jamaica<br />

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

Stylee) throughout the Caribbean to produce “magazine-style” TV,<br />

web-broadcast specials.<br />

Vivienne is one of the Executive Producers of Steady Image’s first<br />

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

Campbell, along with Tesh Humphries, Lex Kelly-Meade, Sophia<br />

Nicholson and Paul Hamilton.<br />

Marcia McDonnough<br />

is an Event Management Consultant with<br />

over 30 years of professional experience<br />

in fields ranging from the travel,<br />

tourism and hospitality industry,<br />

and over half of those years<br />

spent in the entertainment<br />

industry focusing on largescale<br />

events such as music<br />

festivals and conferences.<br />

Events of note include Jamaica<br />

Jazz and Blues festival, St Kitts<br />

Music Festival, Turks and Caicos Music Festival,<br />

Jamaica Epicurean Escape, Reggae Sumfest,<br />

and more.<br />

Marcia’s emphasis and experience reside<br />

mainly in concept development, event<br />

management, festival planning and<br />

operations, access management, marketing<br />

and sponsorships management and<br />

administration.<br />




MARCIA: It’s been a long haul for the<br />

Jamaica Jazz and Blues team. Starting in<br />

August we began the trek by reaching out<br />

to sponsors and artists and since then it<br />

has been non-stop work to get the plans<br />

to where they are today. I’ve been seeking<br />

sponsorship for the festival for very many<br />

years but I must confess that this time was the<br />

most challenging and took all the patience,<br />

experience and relationship building that I<br />

have developed over the years. Overall, the<br />

times are hard financially and added to that, we<br />

all are just learning how to adapt to the virtual<br />

world and companies are no different, so the<br />

confidence in getting involved is not a strong as<br />

it is for a physical event. That being said we must<br />

say a very big thanks to the many companies who<br />

placed their confidence in us gave the support an<br />

actually made it possible to host the event, and thanks<br />

to them several events industry personnel who basically<br />

lost their income due to COVID 19, have been able to<br />

earn some income by working on the festival, most of<br />

all were happy to be doing the job we love<br />

ADRIAN: While it may seem that doing a virtual festival<br />

is easier than a live one, this is not necessarily the case”,<br />

explained Adrian Allen, “so many things have to be worked<br />

out carefully in advance, and be just right so that when it’s<br />

lights, camera, action, and that countdown gets to zero we<br />

are up and live. There is no room for delays, or redos and so<br />

every detail has to be thoroughly thought through put in place<br />

in advance. We have to become excellent broadcast producers,<br />

screen writers, directors, making sure every one is on cue,<br />

everyone knows their part and that all put out their most stellar<br />

performance no matter the role.<br />

We hope you will enjoy the product<br />

we have put together!<br />



SOUNDS<br />

for the <strong>2021</strong> <strong>JAZZ</strong> AND <strong>BLUES</strong> STAGE<br />

I respect Jazz<br />

and Blues because<br />

it is so focused on the<br />

music. It’s open to new<br />

sounds – once its good<br />

music you can find<br />

it at Jazz and<br />

Blues...<br />

Jamaica Jazz and Blues has widened its repertoire<br />

to embrace a group of talented Jamaican<br />

musicians who are more closely associated with<br />

the music underground than typical Jamaican<br />

platforms. Their music is an eclectic fusion of jazz, rock, R&B,<br />

reggae, world music and more. Despite their outstanding<br />

talent the opportunities for performance are generally limited<br />

and their primary avenue of exposure were the weekly jam<br />

sessions (before the advent of COVID-19). The acts which will<br />

take the stage on Friday 5 March are Eye of the Brainstorm,<br />

Moon and Earth and the Fullness. Janine Jkuhl and CAJE<br />

will perform on Saturday 6 March.<br />

The jam sessions, held at various venues over the past decade included<br />

Nanook on Burlington Avenue, the Constant Spring Golf Club and the<br />

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

described, is Jeremy Ashbourne, composer, performer and music<br />

teacher who is passionately dedicated not only to his personal<br />

development but to assisting other like minded musicians<br />

to hone their talent and develop their craft. “There are<br />

many groups and solo acts that don’t fit the mainstream<br />

identity and who are uncompromising about what they<br />

want to express. The Jam facilitated that as there was a<br />

lack of opportunity for these performers”. The sessions<br />

provided a space that allowed personal expression as<br />

well as magical collaborations emanating from the<br />

inspiration in the moment.<br />

When Marcia McDonnough, co-producer of Jamaica<br />

Jazz and Blues approached Rosina Moder, music<br />

educator and composer, to assist in the showcasing<br />

of talented young Jamaican musicians Rosina<br />

called on these artists, most of whom she had met<br />

through the Jam.<br />


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Singer and songwriter EARTH AND THE FULLNESS<br />

(Olivia) describes her genre as roots. “Whether or not<br />

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<br />

guitar, I am actually hearing Nyabinghi drums. Then there are other songs<br />

which are strictly roots reggae. But there are many different influences.<br />

I have been inspired most by Bob Marley and the Wailers. The Wailers<br />

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

reggae<br />

I can detect<br />

in all<br />

my songs<br />

“My career is developing organically<br />

and I’m really grateful for the people<br />

who’ve been seeing that journey<br />

and strengthening it” declares<br />

Earth and the Fullness and credits<br />

a supportive family – husband<br />

Ishack, brother-in-law Inilek<br />

and father-in-law Billy Mystic.<br />

The musicians with whom she<br />

works have also helped her grow<br />

technically as she is very much an intuitive artist with very little<br />

formal training.<br />

Earth and Fulness is looking forward to her performance on the Jazz<br />

and Blues stage, “I respect Jazz and Blues because it is so focused<br />

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

find it at Jazz and Blues, and they have always made room for musicians<br />

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

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

want to be able to share it. That’s the point!”<br />

MOON, composer, lyricist and outstanding performer describes<br />

their style thus, “Jazz fusion would be the most accurate way of<br />

describing my music. I am a jazz vocalist first and foremost, but<br />

I don’t sing traditional jazz and I don’t write jazz but elements<br />

of it are in my music. Instrumentally, I am inspired by so many<br />

different genres. I love African drum rhythms; I connect heavily<br />

with reggae music although I am not a reggae artiste but<br />

the roots of it. Nyabingi patterns are present in my music,<br />

so it’s a mix of jazz and world and whatever influence I<br />

am feeling at the moment of writing.<br />

I was<br />

very excited<br />

when Rosina<br />

called me about Jazz<br />

and Blues. It has been<br />

around for years... I<br />

always followed it and<br />

its an honour to<br />

be here.<br />

Jazz fusion<br />

...inspired by so many<br />

different genres<br />

MOON<br />


Moon continues, “I write lyrics, the melody and chord progression. I play the<br />

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

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

parts of my songs because I want the musicians working with me to<br />

add their flavour. I will bring the song and have certain pieces of<br />

the arrangement which I want a certain way but everything<br />

else is left up to the connection that we are forming and what<br />

happens in the moment.<br />

This moment might occur in studio as well as in live performances.<br />

Sometimes what happens in studio is completely different from<br />

what happens on stage”<br />

“I was very excited when Rosina called me about Jazz and<br />

Blues. It has been around for years and while I had not had the<br />

privilege of attending, I always followed it and its an honour<br />

to be here. We will be bringing jazz and blues to the festival.<br />

There have been a lot of non jazz artists performing and they<br />

are amazing but jazz and blues is something I am passionate<br />

about, and when I was invited to be here I decided that that<br />

was what I wanted to do.”<br />

...surprised<br />

and pleased to<br />

receive the invitation<br />

to perform... I was happy<br />

to see the more eclectic<br />

groups get such an<br />

opportunity...<br />

THE EYE OF THE BRAINSTORM, led by Jeremy Ashbourne,<br />

is a talented group of musicians who will bring the jazz element<br />

to the Jamaica Jazz and Blues stage on Friday 5 March <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

They exist primarily in Jamaica’s music underground and<br />

Jeremy Ashbourne was both surprised and pleased to receive<br />

the invitation to perform. He commended the organisers “for<br />

taking on this weird group of musicians. I was happy to<br />

see the more eclectic groups get such an opportunity”.<br />

The band is comprised of four primary members Joel<br />

Ashbourne on keyboard and sometimes vocals, Darryl, aka<br />

Kuki, on vocals and guitar, Tobi vocals, Jeremy drums and<br />

background vocals, and Spider the auxiliary bass player.<br />

They will be joined by veteran saxophonist, I-Sax in<br />

Ja – a Canadian musician who has been based in<br />

Negril for many years.<br />

jazz-based<br />

unique<br />


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blend of music to<br />

the stage...

Eye of the Brainstorm will bring their unique jazz-based blend of music<br />

to the stage, they are “about expressing ourselves and being true to what<br />

inspires us, we have wide musical interests and wide musical tastes and<br />

we don’t want to limit ourselves says Jeremy Ashbourne, leader of the<br />

band and a classically trained musician who plays several instruments.<br />

He commends the producers for their courage in undertaking this<br />

“mammoth task”. “I really appreciate the fact that this is happening.<br />

The organisation, the production the logistical oversight at this<br />

scale takes dedication and commitment and I commend and<br />

appreciate that the Jazz team took the initiative and provided<br />

an opportunity for performances.”<br />

JANINE COOMBS, also known as Janine Jkuhl is an eclectic<br />

singer-songwriter, who admires music and the art of music,<br />

perfect fit for Jazz as the parent company of the festival is actually<br />

“The Art of Music”. At the tender age of three Janine was introduced<br />

to music by learning her first musical instrument, the piano. She<br />

is influenced by many genres of music, and this can be heard<br />

fused in her Indie music style. She also writes and sings classical,<br />

jazz, alternative, reggae, adult contemporary and Indie-Pop.<br />

Her most recent performance was at the Global Inaugural<br />

Caribbean Party for the First Female American Vice President<br />

Kamala Harris <strong>2021</strong> and has also been featured and<br />

interviewed on CNN "The Voices of the Pandemic".<br />

...influenced by many genres<br />

of<br />

Indie<br />

music... fused in her<br />

music style<br />

I was<br />

was ecstatic!<br />

It has been my<br />

dream to perform<br />

on the main stage of<br />

Jamaica Jazz and Blues<br />

Festival because it<br />

as such a diverse<br />

festival...<br />

“When I got the call from Music Unites that I was<br />

selected to perform on the <strong>2021</strong> Jazz and Blues show<br />

I was ecstatic! It has been my dream to perform on<br />

the main stage of Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival<br />

because it as such a diverse festival, it has class<br />

and sophistication and is different from any other<br />

Jamaican festival. That is what my music attracts.<br />

I didn’t get to perform at the Bali Spirit Festival in<br />

Indonesia last March, because of COVID 19, which<br />

would have been my first major festival and then, Jamaica<br />

Jazz and Blues becomes my first major festival!”. It was an<br />

absolutely fantastic feeling.”<br />



CAJE (pronounced “Cage”) is comprised of present students of the<br />

UWI. CAJE combines members of two distinct musical groups,<br />

the Classical Ensemble and the Jazz Ensemble. The Classical<br />

Ensemble comprises mainly a group of players of string and<br />

wind instruments who play mostly classical music; while<br />

the Jazz ensemble is a group of players of popular band<br />

instruments who perform mostly Jazz. CAJE is not a<br />

paid group and its work is sustained by the individuals’<br />

love of playing music and the informed guidance<br />

and<br />

passionate<br />

of Peter Ashbourne.<br />

about their<br />

music<br />

...the members<br />

of the group were<br />

very happy to be on<br />

the Jazz and Blues<br />

platform...<br />

The festival will premiere the Peter Ashbourne Medley<br />

'To Toots' which was commissioned by the Festival<br />

organisers in honour of the late Toots Hibbert. This<br />

new composition will be performed by 'CAJE' led<br />

by the composer himself.<br />

Peter Ashbourne explained that CAJE did a concert<br />

season every year and the “Tribute to Toots was<br />

very much in line with what we generally do, but<br />

on a larger scale. It was right up our street”. He<br />

said the members of the group were very happy<br />

to be on the Jazz and Blues platform. “They were<br />

doubly happy because they had been working<br />

hard for their 2020 season, but COVID-19 hit,<br />

and everything was shut down. Being in the<br />

Jazz and Blues Festival has somewhat made<br />

up for that disappointment.” He added that<br />

as a group of university students there were<br />

people of all different professions in the<br />

group – engineers, marine biologists, etc.<br />

– but were also serious and passionate<br />

about their music.<br />

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“We feel extremely blessed<br />

to be able to showcase the<br />

exceptional talent of these<br />

musicians’, Marcia expressed, “When I first<br />

got involved in finding artists for the small stage at<br />

Jazz, it was very important to me to expose new<br />

and unexpected talent. It was a joy to me to watch<br />

as the audience discovered and were amazed by<br />

people they had never heard about, never expected<br />

to see. As a matter of fact, people used to come to<br />

the festival in those days to discover new talent, it<br />

was definitely the icing on the cake as well as the<br />

extra secret ingredient that made the festival such a<br />

special treat. In addition, it gives me great pleasure<br />

to know that I have played a part in helping someone<br />

to showcase their skills and follow their dreams.<br />

I truly hope that this experience<br />

on the festival will help to<br />

push them further along their<br />

paths to success, and one day I<br />

can be even more proud when<br />

they become superstars.”

A special treat at Jamaica Jazz and Blues was strolling through marketplace which always<br />

offered a varied selection of works by Jamaica’s finest creative and artistic entrepreneurs<br />

presenting original and indigenous, sculpture, art, clothing, woodwork, jewellery, ceramics and<br />

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

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

at the ready to treat yourself!<br />

ANTILLIAN CHARM - Life-like, hand sculpted and hand painted, the<br />

ceramic flora and fauna, mounted on canvas in solid wood shadow<br />

boxes are unique wall decor and delightful gifts. Current collections<br />

include Jamaican Natives, Birds, Wild Orchids of the World.<br />

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BAMBUSA - Specializes in beautiful handcrafted and laser engraved gift<br />

designs made from nature. The collection includes photoboards, photo<br />

gift boxes, wood journals, and more.

BRESHEH - A range of bespoke bags and accessories including:<br />

backpacks, duffle bags, laptop carriers, pouches, totes, face masks among<br />

others. As a Bresheh Family Member, you get inclusive personalization<br />

with name or initials.<br />

DIVINE TREASURES - Offer innovative, high quality<br />

handmade items products include leather purses, handbags,<br />

sandals and more.<br />

PURE CHOCOLATE - Handmade, fineflavoured,<br />

farm-to-bar chocolate. Uniquely<br />

packaged with fine art illustrations.<br />

PURPLE JADE - For one-of-a-kind, handmade jewellery<br />

unmatched in quality and value. The brand is dedicated to<br />

celebrating the woman who enjoys being an individual<br />

through elegant and adventurous statement, pieces.<br />

SHIEVELLE - Organic- based hair and skin care<br />

brand that provides a line of dual – purposed<br />

oils, butters and soaps.<br />

SN KRAFT - Joined forces with Monex Ltd they and now have combined<br />

experience and skills of 100 years in manufacturing souvenirs. Creating<br />

wooden crafts and souvenirs, Monex Ltd. generates income for the Sir<br />

John Golding Rehabilitation Centre, a non-profit, charitable organization,<br />

which is operated by the Mona Rehabilitation Foundation. It provides jobs<br />

for ex-patients of the centre and disabled persons in general. The main<br />

project is a woodwork shop that manufactures high quality craft items.<br />

ULTIMATE ART - Visual art, hand<br />

painted images which allow the viewer to<br />

contextualize authentic Jamaican experience.<br />


YOU CAN<br />

HELP US<br />

Bring<br />

Magic<br />

the<br />

BACK!<br />

Many people asked why<br />

we didn’t charge for the<br />

show…We wanted to<br />

Bring the Magic Back to<br />

as many as possible by sharing wonderful<br />

musical talent and providing an amazing<br />

entertainment experience without the<br />

burden of a set fee, especially during<br />

this time when so much has changed<br />

our way of life. However, this wouldn’t<br />

be possible without the kind support of<br />

sponsors and donors and we invite you<br />

to become a part of the Magic.<br />


Your gift of cash will indicate your belief in the project,<br />

show your appreciation for the talent and the experience,<br />

and will help us to achieve our objective of assisting some<br />

in our industry who have been deeply affected financially<br />

by the fallout caused by COVID 19.<br />

The Music Unites<br />

Foundation of<br />

Jamaica, a non-profit<br />

organisation that is totally<br />

funded by donations and<br />

corporate support, was set<br />

up by Rosina Moder and Peter<br />

Ashbourne, two of Jamaica’s<br />

most accomplished musicians, who have been committed<br />

to nurturing musical talent among the island’s youth. They<br />

established the Foundation to assist talented musicians like<br />

those on the show to access training through scholarships,<br />

acquire musical instruments and to receive other basic<br />

support necessary for them to further their craft and<br />

strengthen their skills. Since COVID 19, the foundation<br />

has lost its funding and is currently unable to give the<br />

support that they have done in the past. Jamaica Jazz<br />

and Blues will assist them with part proceeds from<br />

donations collected, to help them get back on track.<br />

Production and technical crew who have consistently<br />

worked behind the scenes to ensure that festivals such as<br />

the Jamaica Jazz and Blues deliver a top-class experience<br />

to all our fans, have also suffered greatly as a result of<br />

the lack of live events, that has been a result of COVID<br />

19. Many of them have been out of work for almost a<br />

year. Already in doing this virtual show, some have been<br />

able to earn and we aim to assist others who may not<br />

have been a part of this production with part proceeds<br />

from donations.<br />

Help to make the difference! Thank you, in advance,<br />

for supporting the Jamaica Jazz and Blues <strong>2021</strong> virtual<br />

edition by attending, and for your kind donation.<br />


8 The Band<br />

Rayven Amani<br />

Ken Ellis<br />

Stars on the Rise<br />

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Joe Davis<br />

Keturah Soul<br />

Flautist Gray<br />

HOST:<br />

Debbie Bissoon<br />


ORDER:<br />

8 The Band<br />

Rayven Amani<br />

Ken Ellis<br />

Joe Davis<br />

Keturah Soul<br />

Flautist Gray<br />

Iron Kyte<br />

Roots<br />

Percussionist<br />

Iron Kyte<br />

Roots<br />

Percussionist<br />

Stars on the Rise<br />



Bunny Rose<br />

Earth and the<br />

Fullness<br />

Eye of the<br />

Brainstorm<br />

Moon<br />

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Jah 9<br />

Lila Ike<br />

Becky Glacier<br />

Mortimer<br />

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Mitchell<br />


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Bunny Rose<br />

Earth and<br />

the Fullness<br />

Eye of the<br />

Brainstorm<br />

Moon<br />

Jah 9<br />

Becky Glacier<br />

Lila Ike<br />

Mortimer<br />

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John Project<br />

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Zia Benjamin<br />

Janine JKuhl<br />

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Tessellated<br />

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CAJE<br />

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Teddyson John<br />

Project<br />

Freetown<br />

Collective<br />

Zia Benjamin<br />

Janine JKuhl<br />

Tessellated<br />

Sevana<br />

Jon Secada<br />

Richie Stephens<br />

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MEMORIES MFormer Air Jamaica Staff, share their memories of the early days of the<br />

Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival – Richard Lue, then general manger<br />

of Jamaica’s operations; Gregg Truman, then director of marketing<br />

for Air Jamaica and Marcia McDonnough.<br />


Richard<br />

Lue<br />

Richard Lue is often referred<br />

to as “the Godfather of Jazz &<br />

Blues”. He was, in those early<br />

days, the general manager for<br />

Jamaica and based in Kingston.<br />

He recalls being summoned by Allen<br />

Chastanet, vice president of Air Jamaica<br />

to a meeting with Mr Butch Stewart to discuss the<br />

establishment of an event. The meeting included<br />

Walter Elmore who represented the Gloucester Avenue<br />

Restaurant Association and who became central to<br />

the growth and success of the event.<br />

The rationale for the event was as to bring visitors<br />

to the island and to fill the empty Air Jamaica seats<br />

during a slow period so the time chosen was October.<br />

Once the decision was concretized, in typical Butch<br />

Stewart fashion, he decreed that it should be done in<br />

10 weeks and it was. The idea was to establish a festival<br />

in Jamaica, along the lines of the St Lucia Jazz Festival.<br />

It was to be a community event with smaller concerts<br />

at different venues and climaxing with the big event.<br />

In the early years the big shows started early in the<br />

afternoon and ended fairly early in the night to allow<br />

people to move on to the smaller events and to dine at<br />

the restaurants in the town. Eventually, we had accept<br />

that Jamaicans preferred to go out in the night and<br />

stay to the wee hours so the community aspect fell off.<br />

The stalwarts of that first festival were Richard<br />

himself, Gregg Truman, Walter Elmore, Allen<br />

Chastanet, Joy Schaffe, and some 300 volunteers<br />

from the staff of Air Jamaica. Richard declares, “Let<br />

me put this on the record – for at least the three or<br />

four first years the festival was staffed by volunteers<br />

from Air Jamaica. They worked on every aspect of<br />

the festival and worked hard”.<br />


1998 NEWSPAPER AD<br />

There were many challenges and when your back<br />

is to the wall and things seem impossible who<br />

do you call? Mom, of course! Luckily, Richards<br />

mom, affectionately known as Ma Lue, was the<br />

chairman of the Reggae Sumfest board and Walter<br />

a member. He called his mom and said, “Mom, We<br />

need to borrow some stuff!”. What the unsuspecting<br />

Mrs Lue did not realise was that the Jazz festival team<br />

intended to move trailer loads of Reggae Sumfest<br />

stuff – equipment, staging, fencing – just about<br />

everything. Richard reflects “few people are aware<br />

of the support that the festival got from Reggae<br />

Sumfest. We, literally, couldn’t have pulled off the<br />

festival in those early years without them”.<br />


Major support also came from Jamaica Customs. As<br />

Richard recalls, “we got off to a somewhat rocky start<br />

as the very first event of that first festival, which was held<br />

at Pier 1, was delayed by several hours due to difficulties in<br />

clearing equipment at customs. However, over the years the<br />

Jamaica Customs became another stalwart supporter of the<br />

festival. They guided us and helping to make sure that equipment<br />

and performers got in in good time.<br />

It was these types of partnerships and support that resulted in<br />

the growth and success of the festival.<br />


The first venue for the main show was the Rose Hall Great<br />

House. Other shows that had been held there generally used<br />

the house as the backdrop for the stage, but we turned it<br />

around and the sea became the backdrop and the grounds<br />

formed a natural amphitheatre. Of course, that created<br />

issues for the construction and support of the stage but<br />

we pulled it off. The ambience we were trying to create<br />

was a relaxed, picnic setting with patrons spreading their<br />

blankets on the ground – a Hollywood Bowl scenario.<br />


We moved from Rose Hall and Montego<br />

Bay to James Bond Beach, Oracabessa.<br />

This had a different type of charm. However,<br />

limited access with one narrow road coming<br />

in and out created a bottleneck and major<br />

annoyance for patrons.<br />

The next venue was the Cinnamon Hill Golf<br />

Course, Rose Hall. This was the favourite<br />

of many people and it was beautiful. This<br />

was where we first constructed sky boxes<br />

and sponsors had the space to be creative in<br />

their activations on the ground. When it got<br />

dark, we would light bonfires on the hill behind<br />

the crowd which not only contributed to the<br />

ambience but generated heat to warm up the,<br />

sometimes, cold venue. It had its logistic issues<br />

as changing rooms were located at the bottom of<br />

the hill and so we had to transport the performers<br />

up and down the hill. The show grew in popularity<br />

and soon outgrew this venue.<br />

The move was made to the Aqueduct, where there<br />

was much more space both to set up the show and also<br />

provide more than adequate parking. It was flat and easier<br />

to work on. The main attraction was the aqueduct itself<br />

which provided a beautiful backdrop for the stage.<br />

The final venue was the Trelawny Stadium. This was the<br />

best space in terms setting up for the show – there was space<br />

and comfortable facilities for patrons.<br />

My favourites were Rosehall Great House to which I had a<br />

sentimental attachment and eventually the stadium which<br />

was easy to work with.<br />

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The very first event of the first festival was held at Pier<br />

1. In addition to getting off to a very late start, the<br />

sea became increasingly rough and the show went<br />

on against backdrop of gigantic waves crashing onto<br />

the rocks, but the party did not stop!<br />

The second year at Rosehall Greathouse coincided<br />

with World Cup Football and I remember we had to<br />

put TV sets in the trees to keep patrons abreast of the<br />

games. In those days there were no LED screens.<br />

The early years of the Jazz Festival were practically<br />

synonymous with rain. It was staged initially in the<br />

October which was a very rainy month. Seasoned<br />

patrons never forgot their rain gear. The decision was<br />

made to avoid this by moving to the last weekend in<br />

January when we also made the move to James Bond<br />

Beach. The show on Friday went well and there was no<br />

rain. At about 6:00a.m on Saturday morning there was<br />

the unmistakable sound of rain. The rain was relentless<br />

and damaged the stage making it impossible to put on<br />

the show and all acts were rescheduled for the Sunday<br />

night. Patrons were livid. Many demanded their money<br />

back. Chaos was the only word to describe it.<br />

The show on Sunday was one of the biggest shows<br />

ever put on in Jamaica. There were eight band changes.<br />

The pressure on the production team was enormous.<br />

But all is well that ends well as it was an outstanding<br />

show and everyone was satisfied.<br />

Of course the performances – The Isely Brothers at<br />

the first show at Rose Hall, Air Supply, Kenny Rogers at<br />

Cinnamon Hill, Celine Dion, Diana Ross who enraged<br />

the crowd and the brilliant performance of Billy Ocean<br />

as he saved the night.<br />

A Really special moment for me was watching<br />

the show with the great Johnny Cash as he sat,<br />

unobtrusively, under the bonfires at Cinnamon Hill.

Gregg Truman<br />

The first year on the evening of the main<br />

show at Rosehall Greathouse, rain was<br />

pouring down like it can only in Jamaica.<br />

We were experiencing almost Monsoon-like<br />

conditions, but the acts were going on until it<br />

was time for the final act – the Isely Brothers.<br />

The limousine brought them from the hotel to<br />

the parking lot close to the stage. Ronald Isely<br />

looked down and between the parking lot and<br />

the stage was a mud lake. He said “I am not going<br />

down in that. I am not getting my alligator boots dirty<br />

in this mud! What were we going to do? We ran back to Sandals<br />

and brought hundreds of towels from the laundry room and<br />

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

dirty. His performance was amazing!<br />

Marcia McDonnough<br />

I remember that year at Rose Hall<br />

Greathouse when we had to mount<br />

TV sets in the trees for one of the<br />

qualifying games for World<br />

Cup Football. The match was<br />

underway, the tension was<br />

high; Jamaica needed a goal<br />

to win. Black Uhuru was on<br />

stage singing “Solidarity”.<br />

When it came to the part of the<br />

song that asked, “What we need, what we<br />

need? the crowd shouted, ‘A GOAL”. Sure<br />

enough, just after that we scored and were<br />

one step closer to qualifying for the World<br />

Cup. Everyone was ecstatic!<br />

My other memory of the later years was Celine<br />

Dion’s sound check. She came into the stadium<br />

in the evening before the show and came on<br />

stage for her sound check.<br />

She looked around and saw everyone getting<br />

the grounds ready…putting out chairs, putting<br />

final touches to the booths etc. She called<br />

out to everyone using the mic and said..”<br />

hey, everybody come closer”, and then she<br />

started the sound check. Her sound check<br />

was fabulous and everyone in the stadium<br />

had a wonderful time. About a week later<br />

someone I knew saw me and said, “Bwoy<br />

Marcia, I was so happy that I came early and<br />

saw Celine’s early show”. Of course, I didn’t<br />

know which early show she was talking about…<br />

only to realise that she thought the sound<br />

check was actually an early show. Celine was<br />

just awesome in every way.<br />

I can't speak about Jazz without mentioning<br />

Walter Elmore. Even though I had worked with<br />

the festival from inception as a member of Air<br />

Jamaica, it was Walter who truly brought me<br />

into to the full production and management of<br />

the event when he took it over from Air Jamaica.<br />

That started the most wonderful journey for me as it<br />

went from conceptualising the look and feel, figuring<br />

out who the artists should be, developing relationships<br />

with the sponsors and so much more.<br />

Walter has a gift for figuring out the production of large<br />

events. He would go to an empty piece of land… full of bush<br />

and trees, and he would say, “Marcia see the stage over<br />

there, the skyboxes facing that way, and the food court in<br />

that space” and the venue would come to life on the bushy<br />

piece of land as he described it. It was amazing.<br />

I remember when we had to move from Rose Hall Aqueduct to<br />

the Trelawney Stadium, and we agonised over leaving Montego<br />

Bay and going into Trelawny which seemed so far away. We<br />

decided to call it Greenfield Stadium so that it wouldn’t sound<br />

so far. And within weeks we did a full campaign with digital flyover<br />

and all, to get people comfortable with the idea. When we<br />

finished setting up the stadium with all the skyboxes and the<br />

booth layouts etc, the transformation was amazing.<br />


Of course working with so many<br />

superstar international performers,<br />

learning how they thought, what<br />

needed to be done to ensure their<br />

performances were flawless was in itself is<br />

something I would not have experienced if it<br />

were not for the Jazz and Blues Festival.<br />

So I do wish to thank Walter, not only for<br />

really entrenching me into the world of<br />

large events, but especially this year for<br />

having the confidence and faith in Adrian<br />

and me to put on Jamaica Jazz and Blues<br />

<strong>2021</strong>. We intend to do him proud and to<br />

make sure that the Jamaica Jazz and Blues<br />

again takes its pride of place at the peak of<br />

festivals in the Caribbean.<br />

Celebrating the 2008 launch of Jamaica Jazz and<br />

Blues Festival are (from left) Zachary Harding,<br />

Walter Elmore, Minister Edmund Bartlett, Carole<br />

Guntley and Shaggy.

CIRCLE<br />


with<br />

Richie Stephens<br />

R<br />

ichie Stephens is part of<br />

a feature called Circle<br />

Jamaica, which we will<br />

be shown on 5 March. It<br />

showcases popular destinations, the<br />

culture, food and people. Richie has been<br />

a musical ambassador and a partner of<br />

the festival over the years.<br />

Appleton Estate in St Elizabeth, Negril in<br />

Westmoreland, the Hip Strip in Montego<br />

Bay, St James, White River Park, and Fern<br />

Gully in St Ann, Blue Hole in Portland and<br />

in Kingston the Bob Marley Museum, Ribi’s<br />

and Fleet Street, Downtown and Port Royal<br />

are the stops that Richie Stephens made as he<br />

circled Jamaica.<br />

The tour will share the beauty of Jamaica with<br />

the thousands of international members of the<br />

audience that are expected to tune in to watch<br />

the show. It will also remind Jamaicans at<br />

home and abroad of the exquisite beauty<br />

of the island and to encourage them to<br />

visit as soon as possible.<br />


Richie Stephens expressed his joy at being<br />

able to host the tour as it served as a reminder<br />

of the lushness of the island and of the country’s<br />

rich and varied culture. “It was a revealing and<br />

captivating experience. I learnt so much. The visit<br />

to Appleton Estate was an education. The estate is<br />

really a community which in addition to the distillery<br />

has a school for the children of staff as well as a housing<br />

complex for staff. The highlight of the visit was the<br />

privilege of meeting the illustrious Joy Spence, the only<br />

female master blender in the world.”<br />

Every stop had its individual appeal. For instance, Fern<br />

Gully, he learnt, had over 300 species of ferns and before<br />

it was transformed into a dry river bed had been one of<br />

the eight rivers of Ocho Rios. “There is no doubt that<br />

the Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival will be a fitting<br />

platform from which to share the attractions which<br />

make our country a favourite destination for tourists<br />

the world over”, he said.<br />

Richie Stephens is one of the favoured<br />

performers who has performed on the<br />

JJ&B stage repeatedly and is looking<br />

forward to his first virtual presentation.<br />

“As artistes we have to learn to adjust<br />

to working on the virtual stage and<br />

to be as professional as when on the<br />

physical stage.<br />

It is a great opportunity<br />

for me and I am happy<br />

to help ‘Bring the<br />

magic Back’.”<br />



STAY<br />

WITH US<br />

Have fun with them as they show<br />

the world some of the amazing<br />

places to stay in Jamaica.<br />

Check out our video features<br />

on March 6 and get a peep<br />

of where you must stay on<br />

your next visit to Jamaica.<br />

visit to Jamaica.<br />



Join The Mitchells<br />

as they explore<br />

some of the hottest<br />

hotel destinations<br />

in Jamaica.<br />

Perched on the edge of the Blue<br />

Mountains rainforest overlooking the<br />

Caribbean Sea, Geejam Hotel is located<br />

on the north-east coast of Jamaica.<br />


It is a magical destination that combines natural beauty with<br />

modern convenience and has played host to a loyal celebrity and<br />

artist following (many of whom have made music history in the<br />

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

want to come back again and again. It is the product of music<br />

industry veterans and developers Jon Baker and Steve Beaver.<br />



Experience a vacation paradise where all-inclusive luxury<br />

harmonizes with laid-back Jamaican charm. Gourmet<br />

dining, over-the-top amenities, luxurious accommodations<br />

and more await you at Moon Palace. Special rates<br />

offered to patrons who book their hotel stay during<br />

event period (March 4 - 6, <strong>2021</strong>) for future stays at<br />

the Moon Palace as follows:<br />

Resort View - USD$390.00 SGL/DBL per night<br />

Ocean View - USD$448.00 SGL/DBL per night<br />

Ocean View with Balcony - USD$470.00 SGL/<br />

DBL per night.<br />



Royalton offers a unique experience where<br />

beautiful architecture is combined with<br />

incomparable service and incredible attention<br />

to detail. Every aspect of your stay-from<br />

unlimited à la carte dining to the signature<br />

handcrafted Dreambed- has been carefully<br />

designed to deliver personalized service that<br />

meets your unique needs.<br />

Special rates offered to patrons who book their hotel stay<br />

during event period (March 4 - 6, <strong>2021</strong>) for future stays<br />

at the Royalton Bluewaters as follows:<br />

USD$140 per person per night based on<br />

double occupancy.<br />

USD$210 SGL per night.<br />

USD$45 per child per night ages 2-12.<br />

1 child free when sharing with 2 adults.<br />



Set on a picturesque peninsula surrounded by crystal-clear waters,<br />

the adults only Secrets St. James Montego Bay offers luxurious<br />

vacation experiences in a serene tropical setting. Cool off in<br />

one of the resort’s refreshing pools or a luxury spa with indoor<br />

massage cabins and Zen Beauty Salon, try out resort-offered<br />

activities like cooking and dance lessons. Secrets offers the<br />

ultimate vacation experience<br />


Time seems to stand still at Strawberry Hill Jamaica<br />

Luxury Resort, set high in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains.<br />

Each unique cottage is snugly<br />

nestled within the mountain’s<br />

contours angled to capture their<br />

own breathtaking and ravishing<br />

view. Mountains on one side with<br />

the city of Kingston far below,<br />

on the other, surrounded<br />

by the blue Caribbean Sea<br />

gleaming beyond.<br />












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