The second annual Cayman Islands Jazz Fest, held last weekend at the Westin Casuarina Resort and the Tree House, was a ‘smooth’ success, according to the Department of Tourism and BET Jazz, joint organisers of the event.
A press release from the DoT says that visitors and residents alike turned out in droves to hear the sounds of local performers Intransit, Hi Tide, KayKay, Sea N’ B, Notch & Club Dred, Swanky and the Pandemonium Steel Band, plus international artists Earl Klugh, Najee, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Arturo Tappin, Ravi Coltrane and Yolanda Adams. Guests on Saturday were also treated to performances by Dance Unlimited, as well as demonstrations of traditional arts and crafts by Cayman Traditional Arts.
‘It was hard work but we achieved something really special,’ said Pilar Bush, Director for Tourism. ‘The jazz fest is an event that we’re committed to, and it’s only going to get bigger and better.
‘Obviously one of the aims of the event is to bring in visitors, but it’s also for the local community … we hope that in a few years time, the Cayman Jazz Fest will rival that of St. Lucia and Jamaica.’
The Cayman jazz fest was sponsored by: Cayman Airways; American Express; Tropical Trader Restaurant Group; Tropicana Tours; Style FM, official radio sponsor of the Cayman jazz fest; Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa; Courtyard Marriott; Delta; Cayman Distributors (Veuve Clicquot and Red Stripe); Radio Cayman; CITN; BET Jazz; and Jazziz Magazine.