With its captivating scenery, tranquil vibe and overall exotic charm, Portland is "naturally" as they say, a great fir for jazz.
With that in mind, the organizers of the International Ocho Rios Jazz festival are again featuring a Portland concert and exposition as part of the event's 27th staging.
This time, the action shifts, on May 28, to the renowned Somerset Falls, one of Portland's more storied attractions.Amid a lush garden of heliconias, ferns and other tropical flora, the Daniels River cascades into a gorge just minutes outside of Hope Bay in the western part of the parish. Recently coming under new ownership, the attraction is ready to welcome jazz lovers and other guests.
Event promoter (and passionate Portlander) Marcia Lawrence expressed joy at being able to renew the association between jazz and Portland. "I'm very excited to be part of bringing the International Jazz festival back to Portland. We have a fabulous location and with the combination of talents booked, everyone can look forward to a great evening of entertainment....naturally"
On the entertainment side, the event will feature Italian all-female troupe Le Birette, as well as Jamaican stalwart Harold Davis & Friends. Alsop performing will be Donnie Chin and the Riddim Bank band
Jazz @ Somerset will also host an arts exhibition, featuring the works of Phillip "Ambokele" Henry, Howard Moo Young and Jovan Puran. Patrons can also take the famous boat ride up to the falls.
The 27th annual International Ocho Rios Jazz festival, Jamaica's longest-running authentic jazz event, gets going May 27 at the FDR Resort in St Ann and culminates June 4 inside the bandshell at Kingston's Hope Gardens. The Festival will also feature a Jazz seminar/workshop, a jazz cruise, and several concerts and jam sessions at various venues.