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Jazz hits and misses

Published:Sunday | February 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Janet Silvera Photo Columbus Business Solution's Grant Hume and Junior government minister, Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival last Friday night.
Janet Silvera Photo From left: Peter Lindo, Natasha Chang and Gopal Khiani at the RIU booth at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.
Janet Silvera Photo From left: Doreen and Patrick Prendergast share lens with Heather Walker at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival last Friday night.
Janet Silvera Photo The Royalton White Sands team from left: Stacye Ingram, Alexandria Arias, Kerry-Ann Quallo-Casserly and Andre Hudson.
Janet Silvera Photo The Jamaica Public Service Company team- Hugh Garvey (left), Sabrina Williams (2nd left), Keith Garvey (centre) and T'Shura Gibbs (right), share lens time with Northwest Construction's Donovan James.
Janet Silvera Photo Red Stripe's Marsha Lumsden and Rainforest Seafoods' Evrol Ebanks.
Janet Silvera Photo Kadianne and Kevin Wade at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival
Janet Silvera Photo Clare Littleton (left) and Preta Yapp dancing up a storm to SOJA's music on the final night.

Jazz hits and misses


Josey Wales, Arturo Tappin, Pointer Sisters, Charlie Wilson, Richie Stephens, Morgan Heritage, Magic! and SOJA were the toast of the 2015 Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival from January 29-31.

The three-day event at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium did not receive the crowd support of previous years, neither did it take favour with many patrons, who forked out thousands of dollars to see the much-touted superstar Mariah Carey, who was a major disappointment.

The Grammy Award-winning artiste, who changed costumes four times during her hour-and-a-half performance, failed miserably at lip syncing her own songs, forgot her lines, and fidgeted with her hair.

It was Josey Wales who took Thursday night's show, Arturo Tappin stole Friday, and Charlie Wilson who saved jazz.

The food vendors were probably the happiest this year because they didn't have to compete with the booth holders, who cut down on costs and served beverages only.

Again, the Flow booth was the most sought-after, and a new Super VIP booth had many non-VIPs clamouring for access.

RIU Resorts and Royalton White Sands carried all the cool people, while the medical doctors' booth, which has become a staple on the grounds of the stadium, was a hit.

Cafe BluÈ's coffee was a welcome change as was Lorraine Fung's escoveitched fish and bammy. The sugar cane and coconut vendors also had patrons asking for more.