The First Annual Grand Bahama
Island Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival will be held September 23-26, 2004,
and will feature Lou Rawls, The Stylistics, Roy Ayers, The Impressions,
the Edwin “Apple” Elliott Quartet, and Ambasah Jazz and Caribbean Band.
Discovery Cruise Line sails daily from Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Bahama
Island and is offering special packages for festival-goers. Prices per
person, double occupancy, for a four-day, three-night stay at the Crowne
Plaza are from US$279.99 at the Country Club and from $299.99 at the Tower.
The same package at the Sheraton is from $359.99 and at the Westin from
All packages include admission tickets to all scheduled concerts, and
there will be jazz entertainment on board Discovery during the cruise to
and from Grand Bahama. The entertainment will include the “Apple” Elliott
Quartet on certain cruises.
Prices do not include the Bahamas Departure Fee and fuel surcharge ($18),
or the Security and U.S. Immigration User Fee ($10).
According to Hanns J. Hahn, General Manager of Discovery, “There are
literally dozens of flights every day to Ft. Lauderdale from the
northeast, and Discovery sails every day to Grand Bahama, so the trip for
northern jazz enthusiasts is almost as easy as it is for those of us who
live in South Florida.”