Jamaica’s “Jazz On The Duke” Returns On June 6th

Jamaica’s first virtual jazz event, Jazz On The Duke, is set to take place on Sunday, June 6th. This is an event that happens annually along the downtown corridor of Duke Street in Kingston, Jamaica. It showcases local and international jazz talents via various digital platforms.

The 2021 staging will see master vocalist Tony Gregory, vibraphonist Melvin Williams and JUS Jazz, as well as vocal stylist Keisha Patterson and the JaMM Repertory Ensemble.

Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow, March 4th

The much anticipated Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival kicks off tomorrow, Thursday, March 4th, and will end on Saturday, March 6th. The virtual event will present a very strong set of artists from several genres.

Here is the official lineup for this year: Jon Secada, Lila Ike, Richie Stephens, Freetown Collective, Jah9, Sevana, Tessellated, Mortimer, Zia, Teddyson John Project, Moon, Earth and Fullness, Janine Jkuhl, Eye of The Brainstorm, Bunny Rose and Beky Glacier.

The show will begin streaming at 7PM (Jamaica time) via the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival Facebook page, as well as on VP Records’ YouTube channel.

Igmar Thomas & the Revive Big Band Announces Crowdfunding Campaign (@IgmarThomas)

The Revive Big Band is announcing a major crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter launching in February coinciding with Black History Month, to fund the completion of its long-awaited debut album. Produced by Grammy Award Winner Nicholas Payton, the record is set to feature some of the most celebrated and recognized musicians today, such as Talib Kweli, Bilal, Terrace Martin, Cory Henry, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jean Baylor, Sean Jones, among others.

Led by Igmar Thomas, current Band Director for Ms. Lauryn Hill and former bandleader for Nas, the 20+ piece big band combines jazz, hip-hop, funk, soul, blues & gospel, and is comprised of some of the most in-demand musicians today, including Ben Williams, Mark Whitfield, Marcus Strickland, Marquis Hill, Marc Cary, Raydar Ellis, Theo Croker, Jumaane Smith, Frank Lacy, to name a few. All-Stars in their own right, the band’s members have collectively garnered 27 Grammy nominations and 13 Grammy wins between them.

The band has been working on their 1st record for nearly 2 years, self-funding and recording the instrumentals necessary to bring on its special guests. Now recorded, the group is seeking to raise more than $80K to mix, master, record, market, license, and pay its core team and an array of special guests, who have already signed on to the project.

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New Dates For The Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival

The return of the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, which was previously scheduled for the end of January, 2021, has been pushed back to March 4th through 6th.

It will still be a free virtual event, although the organizers have included a charity element enabling persons to donate to workers in the entertainment industry whose jobs have been wiped out due to the covid-19 pandemic.

The reason for the change in date is due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus in the United States. Apparently they are hoping to add more American-based artists and the current state of the virus is making it difficult.

Dean Fraser & Others Will Remember Sonny Bradshaw On October 10th

On Saturday, October 10th, some of Jamaica’s most brilliant musical minds will get together to pay tribute to, and remember the man known as the dean of Jamaican music, Mr. Sonny Bradshaw.

Musicians and vocalists that have been confirmed includes: Dean Fraser, Marjorie Whylie, Karen Smith, Gary Crosby, Desi Jones, Jon Williams, Ernie Ranglin, Frankie Campbell and Jackie Jackson.

The event will stream live on the Jamaica Ocho Rios International Jazz Festival’s social media platforms.

Ali Shaheed Muhammed From A Tribe Called Quest, Who Is Now A Member Of The Midnight Hour, Will Be In Austin On Oct. 26th (@AliShaheed @AdrianYounge)

The Midnight Hour starring Adrian Younge + Ali Shaheed Muhammed (of A Tribe Called Quest) along with their 10 piece ensemble, return to Austin, Texas on Saturday, October 26th at Flamingo Cantina (515 East 6th Street). If you caught their performance last time in 2018, you know what to expect! This time, it’s part of their nationwide tour in support of a new album by dropping in the Fall of 2019.

This is an exclusive up-close and personal concert experience in an intimate venue setting. Everyone is invited to stick around after the performances for a Meet & Greet, Autographs & Photos with Ali, Adrian & The Midnight Hour!

Neo-Soul / Jazz Artist Bilal To Perform In Oakland This September (@Bilal @yoshis_OAK)

Singer / songwriter Bilal will be doing three back to back sets at Oakland’s popular live venue, Yoshi’s, this September. The artist is confirmed for two sets on Saturday, September 14th (one at 7:30 pm and the other at 9:30 pm); with an additional set on Sunday, the 15th at 7 pm.

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