Tuesday, 20 October 2009

MUSIC NEWS: Jennifer Hudson confirmed for Jamaica Jazz & Blues

HEADLINER: Jennifer Hudson to appear at 2010 Jamaica Jazz & Blues festival

Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) has been confirmed as one of the headline acts for the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2010, which will be held from January 24-30 in Montego Bay, St James.

Among the other confirmed acts are Hall and Oats, Jon Secada, Monty Alexander, Roy Ayers, Third World, Billy Ocean, Joe Roy Jackson, Kelly Price, Tamia, Deborah Cox, Marion Hall and the polish jazz band, Max Klezmer Band. More headliners are still to be confirmed.

The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, which celebrates its 14th staging in January, will feature a range of performances in major hotels in Montego Bay as well as at Cornwall Beach and Blue Beat Martini Bar. The festival will also host a performance at Dolphin Cove in Ocho Rios, St Ann. The week of activities will culminate in three nights of highly-anticipated performances (January 28, 29 and 30) at the Aqueduct at Rose Hall.

Speaking in Canada recently, chief organizer of the annual event Walter Elmore expressed delight at Hudson’s agreement to appear at the festival. "We are happy to have just signed Jennifer Hudson for the 2010 Festival. Jennifer has a magic that surrounds her and the Jamaican audience loves her. We feel she is an excellent addition to the line-up,” Elmore said.

For additional info on the festival visit Jamaicajazzandblues.com

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