GREAT START: Walter Elmore (right) and Usain Bolt (second left) among the speakers at the launch of Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival 2010 on Tuesday in New York.
Organizers of the annual Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival gathered with head honcho Walter Elmore at New York's Strata Club on Tuesday to launch the 2010 leg of the festival.
Elmore revealed that the festival will now be expanded to a full week, running from January 24 to 30. Confirmed acts for 2010 so far include Monty Alexander, Roy Ayers, Jon Secada and Marion 'Lady Saw' Hall.
Elmore further noted that TurnKey Promotions, producers of the event, intend to bring back the JazzFest Quest, a search for amateur talent through an online submission contest. The top entrants selected will be given the chance to audition live in key U.S. cities and the winner flown to Jamaica to perform at the festival.
Meanwhile, Olympian Usain Bolt, who helped kick off the launch, used the opportunity to announce plans for his special charity event to be held in St. Ann starting on December 3. The two-day series of activities will end with a one-of-a-kind Super Party on December 5, 2009 at the Richmond Estate in St Ann. Proceeds from the party will benefit numerous charity and community projects.