Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2016 has been cancelled due to years of non-profit

Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2016 has been cancelled, according to a statement from organisers.

The release was posted on the event’s website but gave no reason for the cancellation.

This year’s show was held at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium in late January with Mariah Carey, Charlie Wilson (of Gap Band fame), Peter Cetera, and the Pointer Sisters among the headliners.

The statement from organisers reads:

Dear Jazz Fans,

We are taking a year off to re-group and focus on planning a spectacular 20th anniversary celebration in 2017!!

While we are disappointed to not be back for 2016 (and we know how much you were looking forward to the show) rest assured we really tried to make 2016 a reality, however things just did not work out therefore instead trying to push and stage a Festival that would not be of our usual standard we decided to postpone it.

In the lead-up to our 20th anniversary, we are planning a number of teaser events and one night only concerts that you are going to love!

Stay tuned to this page and we promise not to be so silent again!

Look out for our announcements coming soon!

First held as the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in 1996, it was conceived by Allen Chastanet, then a senior executive at the airline.

The annual show attracted the biggest stars of the day as well as veteran acts.

Over the years, Erykah Badu, Babyface, John Legend, Kenny G, Celine Dion, Maroon 5, Kenny Rogers, Al Jarreau, Diana Ross and George Benson have performed on the show.

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| January, 3rd, 2016
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