Organisers of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival have tapped some of the best roots rock Reggae stalwarts to present a Tribute to the Late John Holt. Few singers have influenced generations of reggae acts than John Holt, the consummate lovers rock artiste. The tribute features nine acts is a pulsating Reggae party on Thursday, January 29 at the Trelawny Stadium.
Holt died in October in London at age 69, leaving a remarkable catalogue of music. That legacy will be recognised on opening night of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on January 29. The lineup includes singers Errol Dunkley, George Nooks, Judy Mowatt, Cornell Campbell, vocal group The Tamlins and deejay Josey Wales all backed by Lloyd Parks and We The People Band, each artiste will dedicate part of their set to Holt. Also on Thursday night is soca artiste Oscar B with his band Oscar B and Vibes, promising an energetic, fun-filled performance.
According to the Jazz team, Holt's enduring career and massive cache of hit songs influenced the selection of acts on opening night.
Holt hailed from Greenwich Town, a fishing community in Kingston with a rich music heritage. He set the pace for other singers from the area by winning the Vere Johns Opportunity Hour contest multiple times in the 1950s while still a student at Calabar High School.
He had numerous hits in the rocksteady era with harmony trio, The Paragons (On the Beach, The Tide is High and Danger in Your Eyes), before going on to an even more successful solo career.
As a solo act, Holt racked up hits such as Stick by Me, A Love I Can Feel, Ali Baba and Police in Helicopter. The latter announced Holt as a dancehall performer in 1981. John Holt inspired a generation of reggae singers who emerged during the 1970s, including Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Johnny Clarke and Freddie McGregor.
The 2015 staging of the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival, The Art of Music is slated to take place from January 29 - January 31 at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium. This year's Festival will feature extraordinary acts such as the multi Grammy-Award winning vocalist Mariah Carey, the energetic sibling group The Pointer Sisters, 2014 Billboard Chart toppers Magic, former lead singer of Chicago and soloist Peter Cetera, R&B Soul icon Charlie Wilson, North American based Reggae band, Soja, Bajan Saxophonist, Arturo Tappin, Roots Reggae group Morgan Heritage Reggae Crooner and Richie 'Ska Teck' Stephens.
The Festival is proudly sponsored by the Jamaica Observer, Half Moon Hotel, Jet Blue, Flow, First Global Bank, Knutsford Express, Sea Board Marine, Intelligent Media Ltd., Sunset Beach Resort and Spa, Charmin and more.
John Holt Police In Helicopter
John Holt - Stick By Me - (Holt)