BET J Presents St. Lucia Jazz 2006 May 5 - 14


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Nancy Wilson, Freddy Cole, Ciara, Al Green, Kenneth “Babyface" Edmonds, Seal, Poncho Sanchez and Others Scheduled to Perform

BET J and the St. Lucia Tourist Board will present a stellar and diversified line-up of music for the 15th Annual St. Lucia Jazz, scheduled for May 5-14, 2006. Considered the “best party in the Caribbean," St. Lucia Jazz attracts over 10,000 visitors a year. The festival will showcase over a dozen performances at a variety of venues around the island known for its natural beauty and friendly people.

St. Lucia Jazz will feature multiple shows daily on beautiful Pigeon Island. Unique to St. Lucia Jazz are the “fringe" events--activities that provide an opportunity for travelers to experience the entire island and its culture, along with musical performances.

The confirmed line-up to date for St. Lucia Jazz 2006 includes: jazz vocal legends Nancy Wilson and Freddy Cole; Jazz Guitar Trio featuring Ronald “Boo" Hinkson, Michael Boothman and Stanley Jordan; Jazz Project featuring Everette Harp, Omar Hakim, Nelson Rangel, Morris Pleasure and others; Bajan dancehall-pop sensation Rihanna; jazz saxophonist Kenny Garrett; R&B-Gospel great Al Green; Latin jazz conguero-bandleader Poncho Sanchez; R&B artists Kenneth “Babyface" Edmonds and Ciara; pop superstar Seal; and St. Lucian female group Sisterhood.

A program that will preview the 2006 St. Lucia Jazz will air on BET and BET J on the following dates (all times are ET):

BET - March 22 at 2am
BET J - March 11, 25; April 8, 22 at 1pm, 8pm, 1am - followed by Inntimate Inns of St. Lucia

For more information and tickets, visit the official St. Lucia Jazz Web site at www.stluciajazz.org, or contact the St. Lucia Tourist Board toll-free (888) 4-ST-LUCIA. Information on St. Lucia is also available online at www.stlucia.org, the official site of the St. Lucia Tourist Board.

About St. Lucia Jazz
Since its establishment in 1992, St. Lucia Jazz has grown in magnitude and stature to become one of the preeminent Jazz Festivals in the world. World-class artists such as R&B legends Smokey Robinson, The Isley Brothers, New Edition, Gladys Knight and Patti Labelle, Marlena Shaw, Carlos Santana, reggae favorites UB40 and Beenie Man, and jazz greats Dr. Billy Taylor, Maynard Ferguson, Pharoah Sanders, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Jordan, Roy Hargrove, James Carter, Kevin Mahogany, and George Benson have all played before an audience of St. Lucian locals and international tourists. For more information about the St. Lucia Jazz Festival, please visit http://www.stluciajazz.org.

About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 80 million households according to Nielsen media research, and can be seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of businesses extensions: BET.com, the Number 1 Internet portal for African Americans; BET Digital Networks - BET J, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET E!vent Productions, a full-scale event management and production company; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; and BET Mobile, a service venture into the lucrative world of ring tones, games and video content for wireless devices.

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