Jamaica Jazz And Blues 2013
Jamaica Jazz and Blues 2013 Blazes
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.