Saturday, February 9, 2008

Dermot Hussey praise Jazz & Blues honour

Dermott Hussey, Jamaican `musical historian` and radio journalist par excellence, is full of praise for his 2008 Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival award.

Hussey, who was honored as a pioneer in the Festival’s debut twelve years ago, says the award encapsulates his commitment, like the event, in presenting music lovers with “the best in music.”

Hussey, who produces and presents Riffin heard weeknights, 8:30 - 9:30 pm, on Jamaica's Newstalk 93FM and is program director at XM 101 radio, said, “One realizes that the work one has done over a long period, has been noted by someone, and so the appreciation becomes more meaningful and inspiring.”

Hussey produced the Bob Marley interview released on Marley's album Talkin' Blues and was the person who read the eulogy for veteran reggae singer and former Wailer, Peter Tosh, at his funeral in 1987. He was the lone individual to be honored by Walter Elmore and Turn Key Productions on Saturday, January 26.

Elmore credited him with conceiving the idea of a multi-day, multi genre music festival to appeal to local and international music connoisseurs. “Many wonderful ideas die in the dark, but it was his savvy marketing of the idea to the instantly interested Air Jamaica family that spawned the birth of the now 11-year-old festival,” commented Elmore. “He continues to provide inestimable assistance by bringing to bear the wisdom of his years and experience in the industry, in the annual selection of the performers.

Thank you Dermot Hussey, an instrumental architect in the construction of the Festival Story, the celebration of the Art of Music.”

The veteran radio journalist is a Musgrave Medal awardee and holds a prestigious Jamaican award for services to media and music. - Excerpted from Headline Promotions newsletter

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