Cayman Jazz Fest finds new home at Camana Bay

The sixth annual Cayman jazz fest from 3 to 5 December, 2009 is shaping up to be the best so far, with a line-up of R&B and jazz musicians performing from Grand Cayman’s newest community, Camana Bay.

Headlined by international superstar and nine-time Grammy Award winner, Alicia Keys, additional talent performing from Camana Bay will include R&B legend, Keith Sweat; eight-time Grammy nominee jazz saxophonist, Kirk Whalum; soul vocalist, Oleta Adams; multi-year Cayman jazz fest performer, Mike Phillips; Peabo Bryson; and Everette Harp.

‘We are excited to present a new site for this year’s Cayman jazz fest,’ said McKeeva Bush, minister of tourism. ‘Music and jazz aficionados, families and visitors alike will get the whole package on their trip to Grand Cayman this year: a distinctive getaway filled with the best in music, pristine beaches, wonderful culinary finds and a warm and welcoming culture.’

‘After months of negotiating, we are delighted that the Ministry and Department of Tourism accepted our sponsorship proposal to host Cayman Jazz Fest 2009 at Camana Bay,’ said Mark VanDevelde, chief executive officer at Dart Realty. ‘Cayman Jazz Fest is … designed to showcase the best of the Cayman Islands and motivate visitors to vacation with us – goals which are very much aligned with the goals we have for Camana Bay. Our five-year commitment to hosting Cayman Jazz Fest underscores our commitment to hosting world-class events.’

‘The new Camana Bay location, coupled with the soulful sounds of Ms Keys and the other seasoned international performers we welcome in December, will elevate Cayman Jazz Fest to the highest level,’ added acting director of tourism, Shomari Scott.