Stars highlight Jazz and Blues Festival

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.

Performances

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

    Packages

    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.
  • Sunburst Holidays

    Phone: (800) SUNBURST

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