Malta Jazz Festival is a celebration of finest Jazz music, organized in July every year. This three-day festival features some of the finest Maltese as well as international artists, who present jazz and eclectic mix music to the audiences. In the past, it has featured some of the most famous musicians, such as Natalie Cole, John Scofield, and Roy Haynes.
It’s all about Jazz:
Jazz is a classical genre of music that was originated in the start of 20th century in Southern United States. The pioneers of the genre were black African-American tribes. Jazz was born through the merging of European music with African music and it uses a lot of notes that involves blues, swung notes and polyrhythm. The genre also involves a lot of improvisation. Over the decades, some of the most influential musicians that have contributed a lot to the field include Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, Charles Mingus and Dizzy Gillespie.
Jazz fest in Malta:
Entertainment is personified at the Malta Jazz Festival. If you are love Jazz music then this is the event for you!
Malta Jazz Festival first took place in 1990, and since then it is being held regularly every year at the Ta’ Liesse, Valetta waterfront. The harbor, where the artists gather to perform is a beautiful place that casts a magic of its own on the visitors. The captivating beauty of the place together with the entertaining music keeps the crowd mesmerized from the beginning till the end of the show. With the stars and the moon reflecting in the sea beyond and the tides dancing along the music, it offers jazz lovers a complete package of an entertaining musical evening.
The event has gained a reputation for featuring some of the highest caliber jazz performers. The festival is popular for the way it represents the history of the region through music in a picturesque setting. For more than two decades, it continues to keep the soul of jazz alive in the beautiful island of Malta.
Malta Jazz Festival 2013:
This summer season, Malta Jazz Festival is presenting its 23rd edition. The tentative dates for the show are 18, 19 and 20 July and the venue is the same spot it is always held at. It is featuring a lineup of famous award-winning singers such as recent Grammy winner Robert Glasper Experimentand many others.
Robert is known for his vast “experimentation” in the field of jazz. He mixes up different genres with jazz in a unique way which is considered very “bold.” The first day performances will also feature twice Grammy nominee band, Gerald Clayton and his trio. His versatile music has been praised by many and also acclaimed by Los Angeles Times and Jazz Times.
On the second day of the Malta Jazz Festival 2013, another Grammy nominee and one of today’s most accomplished jazz players, Gregory Porter will also amuse his fans with his music. He will be followed by yet another Grammy nominee pianist and composer Vijay Iyer. He, along with his trio was awarded with the “Echo Award in 2010” in the category of “Best International Ensemble.” In the Downbeat Critics Poll of 2012, the trio was also titled as the “Jazz Band of the Year.”
On the third day of the Malta Jazz Festival 2013, multiple Grammy Awards winning composer and pianist Michel Camilo will return to the stage. Not only has he made a name in the world of jazz, but Camilo has also gained acclaim in Latin and classical music as well. Israeli jazz musician, Gilad Hekselman will also entertain the crowd on the same day along with his quartet. He will be followed by Maltese acts which include Charles City Gatt on the first day, Walter Vella Quartet on the second day and Cusp on the third day.
With an impressive lineup of artists, the festivals will certainly live up to its reputation. It is a musical festival that has become a major attraction and if you are in Malta then it is a must attend event.