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Reggae Meets Jazz Beres Hammond and Monty Alexander

With Festival season in full effect Jammins Events has planned a fest of their own, “Reggae Jazz Fest”. A two day, two city festival for all jazz and classic reggae lovers alike. The “Reggae Jazz Fest” will include a live performance from Reggae Legend, Beres Hammond and his House of Harmony band along with the performance of a lifetime from Reggae-Jazz pianist Monty Alexander. The first show will take place at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in downtown Newark, NJ on Friday, July 31st and the second show will take place at the newly renovated Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, August 1st.

Hugh Beresford Hammond musical career spans over 40 years and has had a remarkable uphill climb both on the musical charts and in the hearts of reggae lovers around the globe with chart topping hits and noteworthy collaborations. Throughout each era, Beres Hammond’s music has been the anthem for the reggae generation starting in the 70’s with songs like “One Step Ahead” and continuing in the 80’s with tunes like “Groovy Little Thing”, “What One Dance Can Do,” “Settling Down” and the unforgettable duet with Maxi Priest “How Can We Ease the Pain”. In the 90’s Beres topped the charts with songs like “Tempting to Touch”, “Is This a Sign” and “Respect to You Baby”. Within this decade, Beres Hammond has outdone himself releasing several albums including with hits such as “Putting up Resistance”, “No Disturb Sign” and the nostalgic melody of “Rockaway”. Beres most recent contribution to his musical vault is the “One Love One Life” album released in 2012. Beres has performed worldwide including notable NYC music venues such as the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, Barclay Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Radio City Music Hall, Forest Hill Stadium and many more.

Self-taught Pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and fusing the worlds of American jazz, popular song with the music of his native home Jamaica. To date Alexander has recorded over 70
albums as a leader. Alexander has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare, among others. Alexander has toured worldwide including historic NYC music venues: Lincoln Center, Blue Note, and Carnegie Hall. In August 2000, the Jamaican government awarded Monty Alexander the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador.

Jammins Events possess a historic 28 years of experience in concert promotion and production in the US and on an international platform. Lead by George Crooks, founder and president, Jammins has successfully evolved into one of the premier event management and marketing companies based in New York. The width and breadth of the company’s expertise in indoor and outdoor events grows every year.

After Jammins Events' sold out Mother's Day Weekend in Kings Theatre, Reggae Jazz Fest is the latest anticipated show coming to New York & New Jersey. Seats for Reggae Jazz Fest are selling quickly. Doors open on Friday, July 31 at NJPAC at 7pm and on Saturday, August 1st at Kings Theatre at 8pm with Showtime one (1) hour after doors are opened. Tickets for the #ReggaeJazzFest range from $69- $125 and are available for purchase now online at www.ticketmaster.com / www.njpac.org / www.kingstheatre.com or through your local ticket outlets.

There is also the highly requested iEarMedia VIP Experience package which includes transportation to concert venue, meet & greet, beverages, pre-party access and additional features. For this VIP package please log onto http://bitly.com/1Hu31O7

For more information and tickets call 718.282.8041. Reggae Jazz Fest will be a memorable way for the Tri-State to celebrate their love for Reggae and Jazz music and this is only the beginning. Part proceeds from the concert will be donated to the American Foundation for the University of The West Indies (AFUWI) Scholarship Fund.

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