Marlow S. Hiddo
Island Riddims Executive Producer
Update: January 16, 2012
Hundreds to Audition for JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival
Hundreds of talented musicians will audition for limited spots on The 2012 JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival’s talent stage this weekend. The festival will be held from Thursday January 26 to Saturday January 28
and features an amazing line-up of iconic and upcoming artistes on two stages.

The Auditions will take place on Thursday January 12 at Coral Cliff in Montego Bay, Friday January 13, at Studio 38 and on Sunday January 15, at Wickie Wackie Beach. All auditions begin at 7’o clock in the
evening except for on Sunday when the start time is at 5 PM.

The talent stage platform is the ideal place to promote the talent of emerging musical acts with room to accommodate 17 acts performing over the 3 days of the festival. Two different processes are being
employed to the best talents: invitation and auditions.

Half of the acts that will be confirmed for the talent stage will be invited and are being referred to as the Blue Chip Set, the other acts will join us by auditioning”, said Ewan Simpson of the Art of Music Production
(AMP)- organizers of the event. To ensure that the Jazz talent stage has the most promising acts, AMP decided to invite some already established acts in the industry as well as invite other acts to showcase their
talents through open auditions. Some acts already confirmed to hit the stage include Raging Fyah, Ebony and Noddy Virtue’.

Past acts on the talent stage have included: Tarrus Riley, Stratdon, Blue Grass, Sherita Lewis, Nickiesha Barnes, Further Notice, Defranco, Cameal Davis, Rootz Underground and Jamaica’s darling Tessanne

The talent stage will be located in the impressive food court with assorted delectable treats for patrons providing seamless non-stop entertainment by the coastline during intermissions.  The Food Court, which will
offer a diverse and tasty culinary experience with offers of quick service to gourmet dishes. The food court will have about 14 food stalls from Jamaica’s premier culinary connoisseurs, such as, Café Blue, Pelican
and Scotchies. Performances begin at 5PM each night for one full hour before the go of the main event and during intermission throughout the show.

A few of the international and local big names expected to perform on the main stage on various nights are Celine Dion, Cee-Loo Green, The Temptations Review, John Holt, Shaggy, Destra, and Kymani Marley,
Gentleman, Earl Klugh and Heads of State. Performances from rising stars, as well as, up and coming artistes will be showcased this year on the talent Stage. For its 16th staging of the event which will
incorporate Jamaica’s Golden Jubilee celebration, promises another spectacular year aimed at thrilling all patrons in attendance.

The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival- The Art of Music is sponsored by The Jamaica Tourist Board, Flow Jamaica, Iberostar, Half Moon, Jewel’s Dunn’s River, CVM TV, Hilton Rose Hall, Gleaner, Sunset Beach
Resort, RIU and many more.

The three day Festival returns to the Trelawny Stadium. Individuals interested in attending the live performances may purchase tickets at the official website Jamaicajazzandblues.com. Ticket prices will vary based
on the type of ticket being purchased and will be available pre-sold up until midnight on the 28th of January.

For further information, visit www.jamaicajazzandblues.com.
Courtesy of Headline Entertainment