Jamaican music is fairly eclectic. From the popular Reggae and Dancehall to the lesser known but not forgotten Ska and Rock-steady, Jamaicans have enjoyed a wide array of music throughout the years. Moreover, Jamaica has shared its music with the world, influencing numerous other genres all over the globe.
Today, Jamaica enjoys several genres that did not originate on the island, particularly Soul, Jazz and Blues; the yearning for which has resulted in the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival. In fact, Jamaica Jazz and Blues is not only geared to Jamaica, but it’s specifically aimed at foreigners, serving as a new reason to travel to Jamaica.
What is Jamaica Jazz and Blues?
Each year, Jamaica Jazz and Blues attracts in excess of 30,000 Jazz and Blues enthusiasts. The festival is an annual event and was traditionally a three-day music festival held during the last weekend of January. Jamaica Jazz and Blues encompasses an even wider range of music genres than its name suggests, including R&B, Latin, Roots Reggae, Soca, and various types of musical fusion.
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At present, the festival lasts for seven days and is held at different venues starting in Kingston, continuing to various hotels in Montego Bay, and culminating with three days at its new home, the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny.
World Class Performances
Jamaica Jazz and Blues is a world class event, this is not just evident by the careful organisation and masterful marketing, but by the amazing performances that are delivered each year. Indeed, the festival is no stranger to names like Céline Dion, Patti Labelle, Air Supply, Gladys Knight, Maroon 5, Natalie Cole, Diana Ross, Kenny Rogers, Harry Belafonte, Norah Jones, India Arie, ‘Earth, Wind & Fire’, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie, Estelle, Mary J. Blige, Monty Alexander, Billy Ocean, John Legend,Alicia Keys, Maxi Priest, Babyface, and a host of others. Yes, Jamaica Jazz and Blues is a world class event, featuring world class acts in a way you have never seen them before
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How Do I Get There?
The names previously mentioned are enough to intrigue and in fact convince anyone to attend Jamaica Jazz and Blues. If you are interested in attending the festival, there are a number of things that you should consider. First, how do you get to the festival and to each staging held at various locations around the island?
If you’ve ever travelled to Jamaica, then you know that travelling to Kingston (the capital) is as easy as booking a flight to Norman Manley International Airport. Once in Kingston however, you will need to find somewhere to stay. Of course, there are numerous hotels in the capital so that your only issue will be the choice between them.
How do you get to the other venues around the island? Of course there are numerous ways you could do this, however if you aren’t familiar with Jamaica, then you may find the journey difficult or at the very least, less than stress-free.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could have someone take care of all these arrangements for you such that your only tasks would be to sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful Jamaican setting between each showcase location? Well, that’s what your travel agent is for.
MJ Travel Group is a long-standing and trusted Caribbean travel agency. Not only do the people at MJ have an amazing grasp on Caribbean travels, but unmatched experience in catering to clients travelling to Jamaica as well. It’s a simply choice really, a choice between the headache of planning and organising your trip yourself and that of sitting back and letting the professionals do it for you.
In any case, it’s paramount that your trip is safe, enjoyable and in fact, even better than you expect it to be. Don’t waste time tearing out your hair over the details, they can all be taken care of with one phone call.
By: Norvan Martin