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JM | Dec 6, 2020

Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival is back

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After a five-year hiatus, the beloved Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival is back! (Photo: Facebook @JamaicaJazzandBlues)

Having been off the scene for a number of years Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival is back but in a new format

Slated for January 28-30 next year, the festival in its new format will also see a change of management from the more familiar Walter Elmore.

Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival is now licensed to Adrian Allen of Steady Image in partnership with Marcia McDonnough of Touchstone Productions, both original members of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues team, under Elmore, who made the festival into one of Jamaica’s most sought after entertainment spectacle.

The Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium was the festival’s hosted venue in 2015. (PHoto: Facebook @JamaicaJazzandBlues)

With years of experience in various aspects of event production under their belt, the duo of Allen and McDonnough together leads a strong team ready to execute the return of the event to the Jamaican entertainment scene. The magic of Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival is back.

Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival will be virtual

The three-day event will deliver a spectacular digital presentation across multiple platforms featuring local and international acts, totally free to viewers.

With renewed energy, Allen and McDonnough plan to harness the musical variety of top performers combined with the allure of destination Jamaica to deliver the magical experience to fans in a virtual staging of the much-loved festival.

Allen, who is also the Executive Producer of the Virtual Music Festival is buoyed by the buy-in so far received from potential and regular patrons to the new virtual format of music events and is confidence of success.

According to Allen, “the world has now embraced virtual events as the norm, especially for music events, and we are excited to be bringing back the magic of the festival, and Jamaica to our global audience.”

He pointed out that coming from the world of creating immersive content the presentation of Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival will be just that of offering different, engaging and providing a great opportunity to expand the audience base.

Once a staple on the local entertainment calendar, the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival feeds patrons with a heavy serving of nostalgia—and the best of the island’s culture. (Photo: Facebook @JamaicaJazzandBlues)

“Our partners are excited by that prospect and the promise of a presentation like no other, delivered by some of the world’s musical icons,” Allen explained.

For her part, McDonnough stated,I am beyond excited, Jamaica Jazz is a passion for me. It’s been a part of my life for so long and its absence created a deep void, which was never replaced.” 

She noted that being offered the opportunity to bring back the festival at a time when the entertainment world has been so overturned by COVID-19, has been such a wonderful gift.

McDonnough added that to accompany bringing back the much-loved music festival “with a showcase of Jamaica for the world to see brings me a tremendous sense of satisfaction and pride.”

Grammy-nominated Canadian reggae group Magic!, one of the headline performers of the 2015 staging of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival. Among the big names, Mariah Carey and Charlie Wilson also graced the stage to thousands of adoring fans. (Photo: Facebook @JamaicaJazzandBlues)

The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, which was then called the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, was first staged in November 1996 on the lawns of the historic Rose Hall Great House.

It’s last staging took place in 2015.

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