January 18, 2010 will be D-Day for the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Band Quest in New York City.
Officials of Jamaica’s and the Caribbean’s best annual musical festival is set to host its New York City audition at SOB’s – 204 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014-4809 – from 7 p.m. this January to allow a lucky amateur musician the opportunity to perform at the prestigious event at the Greenfield Stadium, Trelawny, Jamaica.
The New York audition is being presented by Link Up Media Group, Jamrock Magazine and Turn Key Productions, producers of the annual festival.
The winner will be flown to and hosted free of cost on the beautiful island of Jamaica and the chance to perform before thousands of fans in the birthplace of Bob Marley.
“It was the next logical step for us and developing our Art of Music idea,” says Walter Elmore, head of TurnKey Productions. “Talented amateurs wishing to enter will have to visit the Festival’s savvy website and become a member of the JJ&B Fan Zone. With that membership, persons will be able to upload their music and performance clips.”
The winner will be judged by a selection of qualified persons, selected by the Festival organizers and fan votes.
A separate audition will be held in Florida from 7 p.m. on January 5, 2010 at the Ginger Bay Café , 1908 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, FL.
The annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival will be held from January 24-30, 2010 in Jamaica.
The festival has become synonymous with the culture of Jamaica and will feature not just local performance but a slew of international acts including multiple award winners Gladys Knight, Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Erykah Badu, Billy Ocean, Joe Roy Jackson, Kelly Price, Tamia, Deborah Cox, Hall and Oats, Jon Secada, Monty Alexander, Roy Ayers, Third World, Machel Montano HD, Marion Hall, and the Max Klezmer Band.
Jamaica Jazz since its introduction in 1996 was known as the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, has attracted thousands of patrons from the USA, Europe, the Caribbean and Jamaica.
This year the festival is again being presented by key title sponsor, the Jamaica Tourist Board. Other sponsors include Air Jamaica, Iberostar, Rose Hall Resort, CVM TV, Link Up Group, Jamrock Magazine and The Gleaner Company among others.