With hit tunes like ‘Evil,’ ‘Shining Star,’ ‘Let's Groove’ and ‘Keep Your Head To The Sky,’ this hall of fame Grammy-winning group will thrill attendees when they take to the stage at the Festival next month.
The addition of the extraordinary Chicago-formed group to the stellar line-up, was announced by Jazz Fest officials at the Kingston, Jamaica media launch on Friday evening. EWF as the group is popularly known, has managed to fuse the genres of soul, jazz, funk and African music into one phenomenal sound that took the world by storm since 1969 when jazz drummer Maurice White founded the group. After dominating the 70’s and 80’s, and establishing themselves as The Soul/Funk band, the group released their 2005 album, Illumination, on Sanctuary Urban Records. The album features collaborations with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Raphael Saadiq and Brian McKnight and proved that EWF’s power to cross decades and generations remains strong.
The annual Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival enters its 10th year next January and will take place at the Aqueduct, adjacent to the Wyndham Rose Hall resort, from Jan. 23-27, 2007. Five Day ticket packages are just $250, and are available through your favorite travel agent or Air Jamaica Vacations.
Other top performers on the bill to date include, Kenny Rogers, Michael Bolton, Christopher Cross, Roy Ayers, Chuck Mangione, Pieces of a Dream and ABBA The Tribute, Robert Cray, Monty Alexander, the Stylistics, NEWA, and Anthony Hamilton as well as “the Art of Reggae” featuring reggae all-stars Freddie McGregor, Wayne Wonder, Sanchez and Shaggy.
Meanwhile, all U.S. fans are urged by Jazz Fest officials to secure their U.S. passport or certify that the passport of their foreign country is valid before traveling to the festival next year. The call comes as the countdown to the US’ Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative or ‘passport rule,’ begins ahead of the extended January 23, 2007 deadline, which will require all air travelers to present a passport to re-enter the United States. U.S. passports may be obtained through the U.S. Postal Service while Caribbean and other greencard holder can obtain passports from their local consulates. U.S. passport fee are US$67 plus an execution fee of $30 and a photo fee of $15. Fees for children under age 16 are $52 plus the additional photo and execution fees.
Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival (airjamaicajazzandblues.com) is a Turn Key Production and has been running continuously for the past ten years. It began in October 1996 on the lawns of the Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay, with some 3,000 persons but now caters to some 40,000 music fans. International acts that have been featured over the past decade include John Legend, Bo Diddley, George Benson, Air Supply, Patti Labelle, Al Jarreau, Alicia Keys, Kenny Rogers, Mary J Blige, James Ingram and Nancy Wilson. This year it moves to a new venue – the Aqueduct - on the beach side of the Rose Hall main road, near the Wyndham Rose Hall resort.
Sponsors include Air Jamaica, The Jamaica Tourist Board, American Express, Digicel, Caribbean Producers and Ocean Spray. For JazzFest vacation packages call Air Jamaica Vacations at 1-800-LOVEBIRD.