The Jamaica Gleaner reported on the great performances at Jammin’ at Sunset Jamaica Grande last Monday, which served as a preview of Jamaica Jazz and Blues—The Prelude, which will also be held in Ocho Ríos next year.
Carl Gilchrist writes, “It’s not that Maxi Priest wasn’t expected to bring down the house—it was the way he did it. In with his son, Marvin Priest, and sidekick, the New York-based DJ, Beniton the Menace, he got everybody dancing in the process. And his performance, coming as it did on the heels of superb presentations by Maurice Gordon, Joe Roy Jackson, and Roy Ayers, capped an evening of excellent entertainment.” About the week-long festivity, event coordinator for promoters TurnKey Productions, Junior Taylor, said, “No disappointment at all, from Abdel straight down to Maxi, one after the other. The crowd was very appreciative of the different genres of music they got tonight and I think Maxi brought the house down.” He was referring to Abdel Wright, Maurice Gordon, and Joe Roy Jackson, who delivered spectacular performances.
Priest closed the show with a splendid performance, urging assistance for the victims of the Haiti earthquake and telling his audience to “give something, no matter how small it is.” He then performed “Say a Prayer for the World” as a tribute to Haiti.
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