Divas Diana Ross, Anita Baker, Jill Scott For Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival

Legendary singer, Diana Ross, dubbed the ?Most Successful Female Music Artist Of The 20th Century;? eight-time Grammy Award winner, Anita Baker and two-time Grammy winner Jill Scott are set to thrill fans at the 2008 Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Organizers of the annual Festival made the announcement on November 1 during their New York kick-off at the Providence Restaurant in Manhattan. Ross and Baker and slated for the January 24-26 event, billed as ?The Caribbean?s Biggest Party.?

Ross is a global entertainment icon and a legendary musical treasure whose music has, for decades, inspired romance, happiness and joy. She kicked off her ?I Love You? tour earlier this year in the US, featuring songs from her new Manhattan/EMI Music Marketing studio album, ?I Love You,? as well as other solo hits and Supremes classics, including ?Some Day We?ll Be Together,? and ?I?M Coming Out.? She?s slated to bring the curtains down on the festival on Saturday, August 26th.

Baker, born in Toledo, Ohio, was one of the definitive quiet storm singers of the ’80s with her debut album, ?Rapture,? in 1986 which went on to become a platinum, Grammy winning smash that produced two all-time quiet storm classics in “Caught Up in the Rapture” and “Sweet Love.” Baker is slated to perform at the Friday, November 25th.

Scott is an R&B singer known for hits like “Gettin’ In the Way,” the Grammy winner “Cross My Mind,” “Whatever” and the new 2007 song, “Hate on Me” from the album, ?The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3.? And she?s currently starring in the Tyler Perry movie, ?Why Did I Get Married.? Scott is set to open the Jazz Festival on Thursday, January 24th.

Additionally, Trinidad-born, UK-raised singer, Billy Ocean, revered in the mid-70?s to 80?s for hits like ?Caribbean Queen? and ?Suddenly,? is set to grace the festival. Ocean recently returned to the touring circuit after an almost 15-year hiatus.

Other artists slated to perform at the festival to date include reggae crooner; South African trumpeter and flugelhornist Hugh Masekela; Ryan Shaw, an exciting new artiste whose music is described as “new school meets old school,? Jessica Yap; Yerba Buena and pianist Marjorie Whylie.

Meanwhile, fans are being urged to grab tickets early as organizers will be printing a limited number to ensure the comfort level of fans is not compromised at the venue, the Aqueduct at Rose Hall, Jamaica.

The Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, since its introduction in 1986, has attracted thousands of patrons from the USA, Europe, the Caribbean and Jamaica. International artistes that have performed at the festival include Alicia Keys, Kenny Rogers, Norah Jones, Julio Iglesias, Roberta Flack, Lou Rawls, Dionne Warwick, India Arie, Nancy Wilson, Earth Wind and Fire, Kenny G., Michael McDonald, Gladys Knight, Kool & the Gang, Al Jarreau, Branford Marsalis, Brian McKnight Harry Belafonte, Babyface, Stephanie Mills, George Benson, Erykah Badu, Gladys Knight, Michael Bolton, and many more. And to bring the Jamaican flavor well known names such as Ziggy Marley, Morgan Heritage, Third World, Toots Hibbert, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Maxi Priest, Beres Hammond, Monty Alexander, Ritchie Stephens and many other Jamaican talents have made their mark on the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues stage.

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  1. Googling Diana Ross I came upon the BajanReporter. I too run a blog highlighting the unheralded part of improvised music. Please take a look at http://jam-offbeat.blogspot.com The University Singers of Mona campus is in your town this weekend and my jazz artist Dr. Kathy Brown is with the group and hope our friend Rosemary Phillips is in B’dos at this time.

    Greetings from Jamaica from JamaicaMusic Offbeat


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