Opportunities for local acts at Jazz Fest

The growth of Cayman Jazz Fest means more opportunities for our local musical artists, and this year thanks to the Ministry Of Culture there will be a side stage added at Camana Bay.

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Hon. Mark Scotland, Minister of Culture, and Notch, President of the Cayman Music & Entertainment Association, come together to amplify the presence of local artists at Cayman jazz fest.

This extra performance space gives a further eight artists the chance to perform at the island’s largest annual music event on Friday and Saturday evening.

Mark Scotland, Minister of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture, said he was pleased to work with the Ministry to give this added exposure to our local acts.

‘The jazz fest is a wonderful opportunity for local talent to be showcased alongside the big name acts from overseas. I encourage the public to come out and enjoy the performances.’

Shomari Scott is the acting director of tourism and he said he was pleased with the development.

‘This year, we wanted to push for more opportunities for local artists to have a meaningful presence at jazz fest and we’re most grateful that the Ministry of Culture could support us with this element of the event.’

‘Having a side stage available will allow us the chance to incorporate more talented Caymanian artists into the overall line-up. We didn’t have this option in previous years and we’re confident that it will augment the crowd’s experience at jazz fest as there will be live entertainment throughout Friday and Saturday nights.’

Friday night at Camana Bay will see Ricco Ebanks, Bona Fide, Gary Ebanks and the Free 2 Be Ensemble and ReGeneration grace the stage; while Jeffrey Wilson, La Pierre Family and Friends, Impulz and Thanks and Praises will play on Saturday night at the same venue.

15-year-old Ricco Ebanks, son of ‘Cayman’s songbird’, Nina Orrett-Ebanks, is one of the youngest additions to jazz fest to date, and his refreshing voice is sure to captivate the crowd’s attention. Bona Fide promises a rainbow of vocal styles and abilities, having performed at numerous clubs, lounges and hotels across the island.

Fifth time jazz fest performer, saxophonist, percussionist and vocalist Gary Ebanks has been known to hold his own on any stage he steps on, and this time he will be doing so with the Free 2 Be ensemble. ReGeneration has been performing in Grand Cayman for decades and their long-standing service in the music industry is sure to enhance Friday night’s show.

Talented newcomer Jeffrey Wilson most recently performed for the Premier, Hon. W. McKeeva Bush, and other distinguished guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. The La Pierre Family and Friends group, headed up by Earl LaPierre who is known as the father of Cayman’s steel bands, will fill the air on Saturday night with the magical sound of steel drums and musical veterans Thanks and Praises recently won the Pirates Week Song Contest.

Singing their own renditions of the national song on each night will be Rebecca Jefferson on Thursday, Andrea Rivera on Friday and 16-year old reigning Miss Teen, Jamesette Anglin, on Saturday.

The festival will take place at the historic site of Pedro St. James on Thursday, 3 December and at Camana Bay on 4 December and 5 December.

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