R & B’s Newest Golden Boy, John Legend, is added to 2006 Air Jamaica Jazz And Blues Festival

Byron Lee, Shaggy, James Ingram, Al Green, and Air Supply and More Scheduled to Perform January 26-28, 2006

Kingston, Jamaica – Four-time Vibe Award nominee and winner of MOBO Award for Best R & B Artist, John Legend, brings his “classic old school soul music with the edgy flavoring of 21st century hip-hop” to next year’s Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in Montego Bay Jamaica on January 26-28, 2005.

Riding high on the successful major label debut of his album “Get Lifted”, Legend has earned his reputation as a break-out triple threat – singer, songwriter, pianist – delivering classic R & B, with a spin, and has been compared to Stevie Wonder and Al Green.

Joining other “legends” during the 2006 Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival at the Rose Hall Resort & Country Club in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Legend will perform on the first evening of the three-day festival. On Thursday, January 26, the line up includes Shaggy, John Legend, Lyfe Jennings, Morgan Heritage; Friday, January 27, features Al Green, Air Supply, Nestor Torres, and Richie Stephens, and Saturday, January 28, features James Ingram, Maxi Priest and Kem. Additional performers will be added to the line-up.

John Legend

John Legend has collaborated closely with Kanye West, who signed Legend to his Kon Man record label and who calls Legend his “vocal protégé.” Legend has also shared his musical genius with Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, and Black Eyed Peas. Born in Springfield, Ohio as John Stephens, Legend grew up closely in front of the piano in a very musical household. Blessed with a gift for piano playing from an early age, Legend was only eight when he began to play in the local church choir.

Legend describes his style as “very soulful, rooted in gospel but with hip-hop beats and unique, witty lyrics, more ‘major’ than ‘minor’, more of a ‘feel good,’ upbeat sound.”

Special Travel Packages

Air Jamaica Vacations is offering air and travel packages online at or on the phone at 1-800-LOVEBIRD. Tickets for the 2006 Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival: The Art of Music at The Rose Hall Resort and Country Club in Montego Bay, Jamaica, are available from tour operators, Air Jamaica, and select ticket outlets. Tickets are US$50, US$55 and US$60 for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night respectively. Season tickets are available for US$160.

Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues

The three day Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2006: The Art of Music, transforms the picturesque Rose Hall Resort and Country Club in Montego Bay from Thursday, January 26 through to Saturday, January 28, 2006. Well known for world-class production values, a selection of leading yet diverse acts and an unparalleled comfort atmosphere, the ninth staging of the Festival is expected to supersede previous expectations.

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