Treasure Beach, Jamaica (PressExposure) June 08, 2009 -- June is Jazz month in Jamaica, and this year the 19th renewal of the Annual Jamaica Ocho Rios International Jazz Festival is happening June 13-21. Jazz musicians from Jamaica and the Caribbean, France, England and the United States of America will entertain Jazz enthusiast for nine days of music, jazz lunches, teas and culture tours. Admission to some of the events is free; tickets to other events are moderately priced.
Although bearing the name of the North Coast town, the Jamaica Ocho Rios International Jazz Festival is an islandwide happening, with events scheduled for Mavis Bank, Kingston, Negril, Treasure Beach and of course, Ocho Rios. Produced by it's founder and director, Jamaica's legendary jazz musician, Cecil "Sonny" Bradshaw and his wife and co-director, vocalist Myrna Hague, this year the theme of the festival is "The Preservation and Promotion of Black Classical Music - Jazz".
Sonny speaks of the link between Jazz and popular Jamaican music, stating that Jamaican "ska" was the invention of the Jamaican Jazz musicians in the late fifties. Ska in turn gave rise to reggae. Check out the Festival's web site at http://www.ochoriosjazz.com.
Jazz Treasures, the south coast leg of the festival, happens on Saturday, June 20, at Two Seasons Guest House in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth (www.2seasonsguesthouse.com). Jazz Treasures will feature drummer par excellence, Desi Jones, and his band of friends, Christopher McDonald (keyboards), Adrian Henry (bass), Rupert Bent (guitar), Dean Barnett (steel pan), Courtney Fadlin (sax), and Winsome Benjamin (vocals).
The song bird of Jamaica, Karen Smith, will add her vocal talent to the treasure-trove of jazz. Hidden Treasures will be revealed when local talent from Treasure Beach take the stage. Before the start of the show, during intermission and after the show, jazz aficionado, Mutabaruka, will play selections from his extensive collection of Jazz CDs.
Proprietor of Two Seasons Guest House and organizer of Jazz Treasures, Christine Marrett, is excited about the event. "I am receiving so much encouragement, advice and support from so many persons, especially Sonny, Desi, Karen, and from fellow hoteliers in Treasure Beach: Kory South of Sunset Resort and Villas, Jason Henzel of Jakes Resort, and Gladys Finlason of Button Bay Beach Getaway. Other businesses in the area are also on-board, such as Treasure Tours, Treasure Beach.Net, Friendly Island Gift Shop and C. A Parchment and Son Hardware Limited. Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited is also supporting us. We look forward to others partnering with us".
Newly constructed (2008) Two Seasons Guest House offers accommodation (bed and breakfast) with modern conveniences (including free Internet access) in 10 bedrooms with own bathrooms. The expansive grounds of the guest house will provide the ideal setting for an enjoyable feast of music, food and drink, and the company of friends in the traditional laid-back atmosphere for which Treasure Beach is famous. Come to Treasure Beach for Jazz on Saturday, June 20 and stay for Father's Day, Sunday, June 21. You've got to be there! Show time is 7 p.m. Gates open from 6 p.m.
For more information, contact Christine Marrett, 876-5710818, or email:firstname.lastname@example.org