PM Among Throng at Jazz Festival Opening Night

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Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, was among the thousands of Jamaicans and visitors to the island, who were thrilled by high quality performances from local and international acts, on the opening night of the 11th annual Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on Thursday (Jan. 24), in Montego Bay.

A number of government ministers, private sector officials, and members of the opposition, were also in attendance.

The bumper crowd at the show venue in Rose Hall was rocked by performances from soul singer Anita Baker; former lead singer of Kool and the Gang, JT Taylor; and local acts A.J. 'Boots' Brown and Jessica Yap. There were also steller performances from the jazz band Spyro Gyra, while Latin group,Yerba Buena rock the venue with the sounds of slasa and samba.

In a message released by the organizers of the festival, Turnkey Productions, the Prime Minister said that the annual festival adds its own value to the tourism product, as it has been able to attract thousands of visitors from as far as Europe, as well as the United States and the Caribbean.

The show, the Prime Minister said, has become a highly anticipated social event, which brings families and friends together in a spirit of camaraderie and also offers an opportunity for new and rising stars to showcase their talent to a wide cross section of patrons.

He commenced the organizers, who, over the last 11 years, have been able to bring to Jamaicans and visitors, a package of world-class and topnotch international and local entertainers. "The excitement and fervor surrounding this year's event is a clear signal that it will be one of the biggest shows to date," the Prime Minister's statement
said.

He also lauded the many sponsors, who have remained committed to the festival over the years and welcomed the new ones who have come on board.

Leader of the Opposition, Portia Simpson Miller, in her message, pointed out that the festival is one of the exciting and greatly anticipated events on the entertainment calendar, which attracts many visitors from overseas as well as enthusiastic local patrons.

"This unique event offers a rich feast of musical sounds from many other countries, while highlighting our own home-grown reggae music. A platform for excellence, it features international stars from home
and abroad as well as new talents bursting on the scene," she stated.

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