The Malta Jazz Festival - Three Nights of Openair Jazz

Ilford, Essex (PressExposure) July 15, 2011 -- The Malta International Jazz Festival takes place annually in July over three nights at Ta' Liesse down by the Valletta quay inside the Grand Harbour. A line-up of top international and Maltese artistes present an eclectic mix of jazz styles from the contemporary musical scene. In the past, world famous artistes such as John Scofield (pic), Al Di Meola, Chick Corea, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cubanismo, Michel Petrucciani, Betty Carter, and Joe Zawinul, Richard Bona and Esperanza Spalding amongst others have performed to large crowds under a summer star-lit sky during this festival. The beauty of Valletta's Grand Harbour by night is truly magical and tremendously evocative.

Contemporary cutting-edge New York jazz has always been a highlight at Ta' Liesse, and this year it's the rising star Ambrose Akinmusire, another Blue Note recording artist and a winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. He will feature on Friday 15th, in a double-bill with the charismatic Brazilian legend Joao Bosco, a must for lovers of samba, bossa-nova and MPB.

Another familiar name on the New York scene featuring this year at the Malta Jazz Festival is sax player Seamus Blake, yet another laureate of the Thelonious Monk competition, who will be presenting his new electro/groove project featuring drummer Jorge Rossy.

The Festival will close with virtuoso bass-player/vocalist Avishai Cohen, whose blend of jazz, Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern influences has made him a prominent figure in world of jazz today.

Local talent will be represented by vocalist Nadine Axisa, the Argotti Jazz Ensemble (with musical direction by renowned musician Dominic Galea) and the quintet of guitarist Marc Galea (featuring saxophone player Robin Nicaise). The Festival is organised by the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts under the artistic direction of jazz musician Sandro Zerafa.

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Date: 14 July 2011 - 16 July 2011

Venue: Ta'Liesse, Valletta, Malta (A small district beside the Grand Harbour)

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