Jazz on the Pier for Portland Friday

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The second annual Jazz on the Pier unfolds Friday night at the Errol Flynn Marina’s Ken Wright Pier.

The benefit event features a wide variety of both international and Jamaica artistes playing for the benefit of the Muirton Boys Home.

The 7 pm concert is being sponsored by the Custos of Portland and the Portland Lay Magistrates Association along with the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival outreach organisation.

Featured artistes include Jamaica’s Desi Jones Trio, Canadian songstress Kiralina and acclaimed saxaphonist Idris Ackamoor.

Between acts, the evening will also feature the stylings of Portland clothing designer Arlene Passley, founder of Aya Wear.

The company describes its offerings as “modern fashion with an African resurgence”.

Additional artistes scheduled to appear include singer-songwriter-guitarist Nadia Lowe, keyboard stylist Peter Stoddart, guitarist Lenford ‘Brutus’ Richards, Jeff Williams and his “Cosa Nostra” jazz quartet, plus the Maroons Drum and Dance troupe.