Started in 1990 by acclaimed Jamaican jazz great Sonny Bradshaw, the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival solidified Jamaica’s contribution to the musical genre. Bradshaw, who died in 2009, kept the authenticity of the music alive by refusing to introduce other musical elements into the Festival, which averaged 30 events during the week-long affair. It was always pure jazz. Now approaching it’s 30th year, the Festival has maintained it’s originality, thanks to jazz singer and wife of the late Bradshaw, Myrna Hague.
On the day of September 15, 2018, a prayer was answered and a dream came true for Brontz Alexis. That day he was working the valet at the Coral Springs Marriott Hotel for The International Italian Festival.
On September 20, 2017, an enormous hurricane pummeled Puerto Rico and devastated much of the island.