Every year Malta hosts one of the largest jazz events displaying musicians from all over the world. This year is no exception, but for those fans who love Jazz, the festival this year is being extended to 5 free concerts in 5 different venues on the island.
The main event will be hosted at the Grand Harbour on the 14th, 15th and 16th July, promising to be an event with a display of amazing musicians and spectacular views. Amongst the musicians are a number of highly talented Maltese bands including Nadine Axisa, the Argotti Jazz Ensemble and Marc Galea Quintet.
Lionel Loueke who in 2008 won in The 7th Annual Independent Music Awards for the best Traditional World Song is one of the musicians playing on the 1st night. Other artists include Monty Alexander Harlem Kingston Express, who will also be performing on the 1st night. Monty Alexander is a Jamaican Jazz Pianist known to blend modern jazz with rhythms of his native Jamaica. He has performed with many famous music artists including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Nathalie Cole.
The Jazz Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, named in 2011 by the Los Angeles Times as ‘one of the faces to watch’, will be performing on Friday the 15th July. The Los Angeles Times continues to describe his music as “A remarkable fluid, adventurous interplay and patient imaginative way with melody that sounds as steeped in the music’s history as it was hard-wired with the sound of something new. ”
Saturday’s performance will include the highly acclaimed contemporary Jazz musician Seamus Blake recognised as New York’s finest tenor, saxophone player and composer. Last but not least is Avishai Cohen, an Israeli born Jazz bass player and vocalist whose music was heavily influenced by the legendary Jaco Pastorius. Cohen has played alongside Grammy-Award winning Danilo Perez and was discovered by Jazz artist Chick Corea, who soon offered him a record deal under his own label.
Tickets start from €20 for a single day ticket and €40 euros for a block ticket for 3 days. Children under 12 are admitted free.
Details of the five additional free concerts are as follows:
9th July – 10.00 am Masterclass by Malta Jazz Festival director and jazz musician Sandro Zerafa at the Euro Institute for Music and Arts, 631 St. Joseph High Street, Hamrun
11th July – 09.00pm Carlo Muscat trio (saxophone/standards trio) at the Coach and Horses Pub, Valley Road, Msida.
12th July – 08.00pm Walter Vella ‘Trania’ (world/ethno-jazz) at the Juul’s Reggae and Chill-Out Bar in St Julians
13th July – 8.00pm Francesca Galea (brazilian jazz/bossa nova) at the Trabuxu Bistro, South Street Valletta
and Robin Nicaise trio (saxophone/jazz standards) playing at the Bridge Bar, East Street, Valletta
18th July – 8.00pm Charles Gatt vibraphone trio (jazz standards) at the Taverna Sugu , Triq Papa Alessandru VII, Vittoriosa