Enjoying the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2014
This year's 18th staging of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival is happening on the three evenings of January 30, January 31 and February 1, 2014. Are you ready for some great music?
This "Premier Music Festival in the Caribbean" always gathers the world's most talented entertainers to celebrate all genres of music in Jamaica in January. It attracts tens of thousands of fans from Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean, the USA and Europe. The 2014 staging will once again honor this musical diversity, and we've prepared a short guide to help you get the most enjoyment from it!
Who Will Be On Stage in 2014?
The Festival usually features about 25 live acts performing over the 3 days. Here's a list of some of the awesome performers who are confirmed so far:
Thursday, January 30, 2014
- Marcia Griffiths - The "Queen of Reggae" celebrates her 50 years in music, accompanied by friends Bob Andy, Judy Mowatt, Freddie McGregor and others.
- Moses Davis ("Beenie Man") - Grammy award-winning Jamaican reggae artist performing under the theme 'The Other Side of Moses Davis'.
- Chronixx - Young contemporary artist who is creating huge buzz in reggae music with a style that may remind you of the late, great Peter Tosh.
- Christopher Martin - Singer/songwriter from St. Catherine who soared to recognition after winning the Digicel Rising Stars title in 2005.
- Chalice - Popular high-energy reggae group; veterans of Sunsplash and Sumfest.
- Brian Art - Born in St. Ann, Jamaica, the guitarist and songwriter has appeared internationally and focuses on music with a positive message.
Friday, January 31, 2014
- Toni Braxton - American R&B singer-songwriter, pianist, musician and 6-time Grammy Award winner.
- Joe - American R&B singer-songwriter and 7-time Grammy Award nominee; known for his authentic and heartfelt crooner style.
- Chrisette Michele - American Grammy Award-winning contemporary R&B and soul singer-songwriter and 2014 Grammy nominee.
- Protoje - Contemporary lyrical reggae sensation with a love for vintage reggae music.
- Najee - American smooth jazz saxophonist and flautist who has often been compared to Kenny G, George Howard, and Dave Koz.
- Peter Lloyd - Respected veteran Jamaican actor and singer with a wide appeal for his captivating live performances.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
- Chaka Khan - 10-time Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, dubbed the "Queen of Funk", who has sold an estimated 200 million records worldwide.
- Beres Hammond - Legendary Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter known in particular for his romantic lovers rock, 2013 recipient of the Order of Jamaica & 2014 Grammy Award nominee.
- Aaron Neville - American R&B and soul singer and musician who has had four platinum-certified albums.
- Crystal Gayle - Grammy Award-winning American country music singer and winner of numerous other top awards throughout her career.
- The O'Jays - American R&B group with the "Philadelphia soul" sound who were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004 and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.
- Paul Peress - Grammy nominated American drummer, bandleader, producer, and songwriter, he combines smooth jazz with pop-jazz ballads and complex rhythmic grooves that showcase his superb musicianship.
- Bobby Kimball - American singer and musician, best known as the frontman of the rock band, Toto, who was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
- Della Manley - Acclaimed contemporary singer/songwriter, guitarist & pianist; well-known for her warm, smoky vocal style.
- One Third - Winners of the Digicel Rising Star competition in 2006; well-received by audiences for their soulful charisma.
Looks like the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival 2014 is going to have some great vibes!
How to Get Tickets
Tickets to the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival 2014 are available now for online purchase. The prices quoted below are in US Dollars. Get them early. As the event gets closer, tickets usually sell out online and are only available from various local outlets on the Island.
Thursday - $50
Friday - $80
Saturday - $80
Friday & Saturday - $155
All 3 Nights - $200
General Admission grants you access to the general areas of the venue which has no assigned seating or standing areas. This area is occupied on a first-come, first-served basis. Children under 8 are free.
Thursday - $120
Friday - $120
Saturday - $120
Friday & Saturday - $230
All 3 Nights - $350
VIP admission grants you access to the general areas plus an area close to the stage. Unreserved seating is provided. This area is occupied on a first-come basis and is limited to the number of seats available. Children under 8 are free.
Available to "weekend" (Fri/Sat) and "season" (all 3 nights) ticket holders only. Cost is $20.
What Time Do the Shows Start?
Gates open at 5 PM and show time is generally 6 PM. It's important to go early to get the best parking and best spot (especially if you have general admission tickets).
Getting to the Venue
The three-day Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival 2014 will be held at the Greenfield Stadium (also known as the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium) in Duncan’s, Trelawny, which is just outside of Falmouth. It features amazing views of the coastline of Jamaica, excellent parking facilities, security, comfortable amenities and plenty of room to completely relax, dance, and enjoy the great music.
Greenfield Stadium is about a 10-minute drive from Falmouth, a 30-minute drive from either Montego Bay or Ocho Rios, about 1 & 3/4 hours from Negril, and about 2 & 3/4 hours from Kingston or Port Antonio. Driving to the event is generally easy because the roads on the North Coast are in good condition. If you would rather not drive, there is always scheduled shuttle service (more details as they become available).
Helpful Tips for Enjoying the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival 2014
- Don't forget your tickets. And you'll need some cash if you want to buy food and/or drinks. (I can't tell you how many times I've found broken ATM machines at music festivals!)
- Stay warm. You'll be outdoors all evening, and Trelawny can get quite cool at night. Dress accordingly and bring a shawl, sweater or something that will keep you warm.
- Keep your feet happy and wear comfortable shoes! Greenfield Stadium is a large venue. You'll want to be comfortable when walking from the parking lot and standing around listening to music (there's usually more than one stage). Also consider packing an extra pair of socks to keep your feet warm.
- If you're carrying a handbag, choose one you can carry over your shoulder to keep your hands free and one that's large enough to keep keys and things from getting lost.
- Pop a few of those handy pocket-size tissue packs in your handbag or backpack so you won't have any unpleasant surprises after you've stood in line to use the festival bathroom facilities just to find out there's no tissue left! A pack of baby wipes can also come in handy.
- Bring a collapsible umbrella or pick up a cheap rain poncho that can stay in your bag till you need it. The weather in Jamaica can change frequently, and you never know when you may get a rain shower. You'll be happy you came prepared!
- Don't forget a camera, or at least a smartphone with a camera, so you can capture the awesome performances of your favorite artists and share them with jealous friends.
- If you're alone, make friends. Music is only half of the fun. If you make new friends, you'll double your enjoyment.
Where to Stay Nearby
Whether you plan to attend the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival for just one evening or for the entire weekend, you may want a place to stay. Here are a few places that are nearby the venue. Also check our pages for other places to stay in Trelawny, Saint James (MoBay) and Saint Ann (Ocho Rios).
Jamaica Jewel Guest House; Duncan’s - 1 (876) 954-2352
Silver Sands Villas and Beach Resort; Duncan’s - 1 (876) 954-2001
Retreat Guesthouse Luxury Suites, Falmouth - 1(876) 954-9858
Time N' Place, Falmouth - 1 (876) 843-3625
Fisherman's Inn, Falmouth - 1 (876) 954-3427
Royalton White Sands Montego Bay, Falmouth - 1-855-744-8371
Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay, Montego Bay - 1 (888) 465 4329
Iberostar Grand Rose Hall Hotel, Montego Bay - 1-866-276-6393 (US)
Hilton Rose Hall Resort, Montego Bay - 1-800-997-5148
Gran Bahia Principe, Runaway Bay - 1-866-282-2442
Franklyn D. Resort, Runaway Bay - 1-876-973-4124
A Little Background
Nearly two decades ago, Air Jamaica's then-vice-president, Allen Chastenet, set out on a mission to attract more tourists to Jamaica during "soft" periods in the Fall of each year. With the help of producer Walter Elmore and others, he staged an outdoor music festival in November 1996 on the grounds of the historic Rose Hall Great House. The first show attracted an enthusiastic audience of 1,500, and the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Music Festival was born.
In 1998, the Festival moved to James Bond Beach in Oracabessa for a period of five years, generally being staged in October or November. But heavy rains often caused performances to be shortened or cancelled altogether. The decision was made beginning in 2000 to reschedule the popular event to the month of January, making it the kick-off event for the Jamaican entertainment season.
The venue has also changed from time to time, moving from James Bond Beach to Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Montego Bay from 2001 to 2005. Thanks to international acclaim, attendance grew to more than 35,000 and, from 2006 to 2008, the Festival's new home became the Aqueduct at Rose Hall.
Air Jamaica relinquished the title in 2009 and the Jamaica Tourist Board became the new sponsor of the renamed Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival. The event also got a new home at the Greenfield Stadium in Falmouth, Trelawny, which has won unanimous approval from patrons.
Festival Contact Information
To get more information about the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2014, check out these links:
Have a great time!!