THE MALTA JAZZ FESTIVAL 2016
The Malta Jazz Festival will be back this year with a new format for its 26th edition, under the artistic direction of Sandro Zerafa.
It is however with great regret that the Arts Council Malta must announce that Mike Stern will not be performing during the festival due to a serious injury which has led to a full cancellation of his tour. Stern, who forms part of the Mike Stern/Bill Evans Band, was meant to perform on the 22nd at Ta’ Liesse in Valletta. He will now be replaced by Dean Brown on guitar.
Brown is a well-known American session musician and composer in the jazz/fusion scene, whose music combines rock, Latin, jazz, funk and fusion into a joyful, soulful, dynamic and intense groove. He’s performed with the likes of The Brecker Brothers, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Billy Cobham and Billy Evans himself.
Twice Grammy award winning band Snarky Puppy is a collective of nearly 40 musicians, with a repertoire that’s often in flux and collaborates with a variety of artists. The band will be Saturday’s final act.
Saturday’s programme will also feature Israeli-American Omer Avital, who plays the double bass and the oud, but is also a composer and band leader, and has been likened to Charles Mingus.
Pianist Marcus Roberts will be performing on Friday night, and is perhaps best known for his development of a new approach to jazz trio performance.
Dominic Galea has recently recorded an album in London with Clark Tracey – son of late jazz legend Stan Tracey. They will be opening Saturday’s programme.
The line-up for Thursday’s concert will include Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa, who will be preceded by the Oliver Degabriele Trio featuring Damien Fleau. The South Sound Experience featuring Joe Debono will play in front of the Law Courts, and both these events are free of charge.
The Thursday concerts happening at City Gate Entrance are also free of charge. The festival is offering another five concerts free of charge as part of the Jazz on the Fringe. Young and veteran jazz artists will perform during The Valletta Midday Concerts from the 19th till the 23rd July in the shade of the Parliament Building.
Master classes will be offered again by some of the festival’s participants to all interested musicians. This year’s sessions will be held by drummer Marcello Pellitteri, bassist Roberto Occhipinti, Vincent Jacqz, trumpeter Stjepko Gut and saxophonist Rino Cirinnà.
Jacqz (head of the jazz department at the EDIM) will coach and direct the Fringe Youth Jazz Ensemble, which will feature the best of young talent from Malta and France, and will work on a repertoire that will premier at the festival during Friday’s opening and at a later date in Paris. This is being supported by Valletta 2018.
For more informaton, visit the Malta Jazz Festival website.
Thursday 21st July – Free entry – Valletta City Gate & Law Courts
Oliver Degabriele Trio feat. Damien Fleau – Valletta City Gate Entrance @ 8pm
South Sound Experience feat. Joe Debono, Harold López-Nussa – Opposite Law Courts @ 9pm
Friday 22nd July – Ta’ Liesse, Valletta @ 8pm
The Fringe Youth Jazz Ensemble
Marcus Roberts Trio
Dean Brown feat. Dennis Chambers & Darryl Jones
Saturday 23rd July – Ta’ Liesse, Valletta @ 8pm
Dominic Galea – The UK Connection
€20 for single day standing ticket
€35 for a 2 day standing ticket
€30 for a single day VIP seated ticket
€50 for a 2 day VIP seated ticket
Limited free seating will be available. Tickets can be purchased from Ticketline.com.mt.