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Fifth Annual Bonaire Heineken Jazz Festival 2009

Experience Jazz All Over Bonaire at This Year’s Jazz Festival

This year, a very popular Bonaire tradition will return to the island, when the Fifth Annual Bonaire Heineken Jazz Festival takes place on June 4 through 7, 2009.  A variety of music styles will be heard around the island when internationally famous musicians mingle with the island’s local bands.

A Jazz & Poetry Evening will once again kick-off the festival on Thursday, June 4, 2009, with the romantic backdrop of Fort Oranje.  Gabby Saleh and his quartet and the Cabacoa Trio, all local artists, pave the way for Denise Jannah, a Surinam/Dutch female vocalist who was the festival’s leading artist in 2004.

bonaire logoOn June 5th and 6th, 2009, there are two main concerts which will be held at the Tipsy Seagull Restaurant, on the beach at the Plaza Resort Bonaire where The Monty Alexander Quartet, The Hans   Dulfer  band, Denise Jannah with a quartet from Curacao, Alfredo Naranga (Venezuela) will be joined by the ten-musician Latin Jazz Salsa Band, the Dikazz  Group (Bonaire), and the Silver Bullet Steelband (Bonaire).  After each concert on these evenings, jam sessions with the festival musicians will begin at midnight at Sense, close to Plaza Resort for those who go on into the wee hours.

On Sunday, June 7th, 2009, there’s another event, back by popular demand:  The exciting Jazz Brunch at Dive Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino presented by local and festival musicians.

Thanks go to event sponsors: Heineken, Littman’s Jewelers, Rocargo & IFC, It Rains Fishes Restaurant, Telbo, Caribbean Homes & Yachts, Maarten Maartense, Plaza Resort Bonaire, Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino, Bonaire Fun Travel, Ennia and MCB Bank.

Located eighty-six miles east of Aruba, the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire offers year-round sunshine, low annual rainfall, pristine coral formations and the most thriving fish population in the Caribbean.  Ideal for adventurers, explorers and sun-worshippers alike, Bonaire offers myriad eco-adventure activities including world renowned scuba diving and snorkeling, windsurfing, kiteboarding, mountain biking, sea and mangrove kayaking, horseback riding, nature tours, hiking, bird watching, sailing and deep sea and bone fishing.  And with a selection of accommodations ranging from full-service oceanfront resorts and condominiums to guesthouses and small inns, Bonaire has something for every lifestyle and budget.

Bonaire is the recipient of the prestigious Islands Magazine/Caribbean Tourism Organization 2008 Sustainable Tourism Award and continues to be recognized as one of the top destinations worldwide for its sustainable tourism as reported by National Geographic Traveler magazine (March 2004) and Islands Magazine (December 2007), and as one of the top diving destinations in the Atlantic/Caribbean for seven years in a row in the Scuba Diving magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards (2003-2008).  It was designated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as having the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean (January 2008), and as the Favorite Dive Destination in the World by About.com (June, 2008).

In 2009, the island will be Celebrating Bonaire’s Commitment to Conservation, commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Washington-Slagbaai National Park and the 30th Anniversary of the Bonaire National Marine Park.  There will be a variety of festivities and events throughout the year, celebrating these combined years of nature protection for the island.

For more information on Bonaire contact the Tourism Corporation Bonaire in the U.S. at 1-800-BONAIRE or visit Bonaire’s official web site at www.tourismbonaire.com.

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