ORACABESSA--Local favorites and international stars will be
highlighted at the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, slated for
Nov. 5 to 8 here and in Ocho Rios. This year a night has been added
to the series of performances to allow for midnight concerts at
Jack Ruby's and the Little Pub.
Artists expected at the festival include Etta James, Chaka Khan,
Roberta Flack, the Skatallites, George Benson, Earl Klugh, Della
Manley, Kool & The Gang featuring J.T. Taylor and Toots &
The Maytals. Transfers to concerts are not included in package
prices, but SuperClubs resorts will provide concert transfers for
$6 to $18 per day. For details, call Sunburst Holidays.
The schedule is as follows:Nov. 6. Flack, Klugh and Manley will perform at the Jamaica
Grande Ball Room.Nov. 7. Wyclef Jean & The Refugee Allstars, Kool & The
Gang, George Duke with Diane Reeves and Etta James will be at James
Bond Beach at 5 p.m.Nov. 8. George Benson, Chaka Khan, Brian McKnight and the
Skatallites will perform at James Bond Beach at 5 p.m. A beach
party will feature Byron Lee and the Dragonaires.
Tickets cost $130 for a weekend pass to all performances or $125
when purchased with an Air Jamaica Vacations package. Tickets can
be purchased at all Air Jamaica ticket offices. Two Web sites list
information on the Jazz Festival; www.airjamaica.com, with
information on the events and artists' biographies, and
www.jamaicatravel.com, with an overview of the festivities.
Jamaica Tourist Board
Phone: (800) 233-4JTB
Air Jamaica Vacations
Phone: (800) LOVEBIRD
Lodging packages through Sunburst Holidays and Island Flight
Vacations are available with roundtrip air via Air Jamaica, airport
transfers and a ticket to each night's concert.The offer is valid
at inclusives, such as the following:Club Jamaica offers a plan costing $809 per person, double
occupancy, for stays from Nov. 5 to 9; the price is $739 for stays
from Nov. 6 to 9.Grand Lido Sans Souci set a price of $1,449 per person, double,
for the period Nov. 5 to 9 or $1,319 for Nov. 6 to 9. European Plan
resorts also are tied in with the festival.A Turtle Beach package is priced at $599 per person, double,
for Nov. 5 to 9 or $579 from Nov. 6 to 9.Jamaica Inn stays cost $1,079 for Nov. 5 to 9 or $939 for Nov.
6 to 9. The price includes breakfast and dinner daily.
Phone: (800) SUNBURST