R&B soul divas Jill Scott, Anita Baker, and Diana Ross will be the headliners for the 2008 Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, set for January 24th through January 26th in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Other performers set for the 21st annual musical celebration will be pop vocalist Billy Ocean, South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, vocal newcomer Ryan Shaw, and Cuban group Yerba Buena. Scott is an R&B singer known for hits like âGettin’ In the Way,â the Grammy winner âCross My Mind,â âWhateverâ and the new 2007 song, âHate on Meâ from the album, ‘The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3.’ And she’s currently starring in the Tyler Perry movie, ‘Why Did I Get Married.’ Scott is set to open the Jazz Festival on Thursday, January 24th. Ross is a global entertainment icon and a legendary musical treasure whose music has, for decades, inspired romance, happiness and joy. She kicked off her âI Love Youâ tour earlier this year in the US, featuring songs from her new Manhattan/EMI Music Marketing studio album, ‘I Love You,’ as well as other solo hits and Supremes classics, including ‘Some Day We’ll Be Together,’ and ‘I’M Coming Out.’ She’s slated to bring the curtains down on the festival on Saturday, August 26th. Baker, born in Toledo, Ohio, was one of the definitive quiet storm singers of the ’80s with her debut album, ‘Rapture,’ in 1986 which went on to become a platinum, Grammy winning smash that produced two all-time quiet storm classics in âCaught Up in the Raptureâ and âSweet Love.â Baker is slated to perform at the Friday, November 25th. The Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, since its introduction in 1986, has attracted thousands of patrons from the USA, Europe, the Caribbean and Jamaica. For more information about travel, venues, and performers, go to the festival website, airjamaicajazzandblues.com.
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