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Jamaica Jazz And Blues 2013

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Montego Bay, Jamaica: The Jamaica  Jazz and Blues Festival 2013 ended on a dynamic note with a steady climax of  Jazz, reggae and R&B performances. The three day Festival held at the  Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium from January 24-26 highlighted the diversity of  performers that make Jamaica Jazz and Blues a must see event.

Mary J. Blige  brought the second night of Jamaica Jazz and Blues 2013 to a high energy close.  From her dramatic monologue which provided the intro to her set, Ms. Blige sent  the night into overdrive, blasting off with Aint  Nobody before delving into hits such as Family  Affair, Not Gon’ Cry, I’m Going Down and No More Drama. She had the  audience singing and dancing along.

“Mary Blige mi  seh!” yelled one excited fan, underscoring his pleasure at her dramatic,  engaging performance. Ms. Blige ended her set with the haunting Love No Limit.

Ms. Blige’s  high energy close was a beautiful contrast to the laid back yet stirring  performance of Michael Bolton who preceded her to the stage. Exultant screams  filled the night air from the opening strains of Mr. Bolton’s Soul Provider as the audience reveled in  his sultry tones. By the end of his set Mr. Bolton proved that he remained a  reigning member of romantic soul royalty as he pulled one mega hit after  another from his massive repertoire.

Mr. Bolton  delighted the audience with hallmark pieces like his rendition of Otis  Redding’s (Sitting On) The Dock of the  Bay which brought exited screams especially when he changed the lines from  “heading to the Frisco Bay” to “heading to Montego Bay” in homage to the  location. He underscored his impressive range with a mixture of his own iconic  pieces such as Said I Loved You But I  Lied and How Am I Supposed to Live Without You, touches of Motown in Aint No Mountain High Enough and  classical pieces The Prayer and Nessun Dorma.

The night also  benefitted from a strong performance by jazz heavyweight Arturo Tappin who  showcased why he has been dubbed the “smoothest, saxiest horn man the Caribbean  has to offer”.

John Legend  became one with his piano on stage and gave a rousing performance on Saturday, ending  with a soulful rendition of Ordinary  People. The set was taken to another level when Tarrus Riley joined him on  stage for the hit song Stay With You and  Gramps Morgan with Psalms 23.

Dionne Warwick’s  set was a soft and sweet reminiscence of a 40 year eminence in music while Monica  delivered a sober performance from a younger generation. KC and the Sunshine  Band had the crowd on their feet as they brought back memories with songs like That’s the Way I Like It and I’m ready. The artistes penetrated a  range of persons and catered to every patron with their eyes and ears glued to  the stage.

Reggae Flavour       A hearty  Reggae flavour helped to season the nights with servings from reggae’s reigning  lioness Etana and the budding Raging Fyah who brought some much appreciated  heat to the cool venue on Friday night. Still in birthday mode Romain Virgo  gave one of his most mature performances on Saturday night, preceded by young  and upcoming artiste Chronixx who delivered, as he describes it, a righteous  set.

Jamaica Jazz  and Blues Festival was held at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium and is  sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board, Flow, The Gleaner, CVM TV, RIU,  Secrets, Sunset Resorts, Hilton, Half Moon, Charmin, Pringles,  Bounty, Seaboard Marine, Holiday Inn, Knutsford Express, National  Outdoor Advertising, Courts, Heineken, Ciroc, Johnny Walker,  WYNDHAM Kingston, Caribbean Airlines, El Greco, Toby Inn, Intelligent  Multimedia, Jablum, Pure Country, Guardsman Alarms and Pepsi.

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