Jamaican Jazz in June

It’s time to jazz it up in Jamaica. The Ocho Rios Jamaica Jazz Festival is back for the 22nd edition, starting on Saturday, 9 June and continuing until Father’s Day on 17 June.

What began back in 1991 as a one day, mini-event showcasing some of Jamaica’s homegrown musical talent in a family-oriented atmosphere, grew in the space of three years to an eight-day event featuring the greatest names in Jamaican Jazz, as well as the best of international fare.

Today, the festival boasts a youth programme, daily free concerts, a large-scale photo exhibition and events large and small going on simultaneously all over the island – Kingston, Montego Bay, Negril, Runaway Bay and Ocho Rios. This year’s line up includes Skatalites, Ernie Ranglin, Leslie Butler, Courtney Pine, Antelope Valley Big Band and The Jamaica Big Band. There will be jam sessions, jazz workshops, jazz-accompanied lunches, brunches and dinners and school band competitions.

If you find yourself anywhere in Jamaica during the next week or so, you should be able to take in at least one event.