The Malta Council for Culture and the Arts is pleased to present this year’s edition of
the Malta Jazz Festival, with a top line up of world renowned jazz musicians, in the
fantastic surroundings of the Ta’ Liesse waterfront at the Grand Harbour, Valletta.
Musician Sandro Zerafa is again artistic director of the Malta Jazz Festival, which offers
a programme that old and new audiences are sure to enjoy.
The Malta Jazz Festival will be spread over three nights between the 15th and 17th July
2010 and this edition features the most important drummers in the jazz world today - Bill
Stewart, Ari Hoenig, Greg Hutchinson, Dave Weckl and Dave King. The performances
of Mike Stern and Richard Bona are a definite must for jazz fusion lovers. Singer and
bassist Esperanza Spalding, currently a big rising star on the world jazz scene, will also
feature in this year's festival
The Malta Jazz Festival aims to achieve contrast in its line-up. It offers its audience a
diversity of styles - Jazz fusion with Mike Stern, fusion/world music with Richard Bona,
vocal jazz/groove with Esperanza Spalding, cutting-edge jazz with Ari Hoenig and The
Bad Plus, Brazilian music with Francesca Galea/Leonardo Montana, modern jazz with
Joshua Redman and Charles ‘City’Gatt.
Francesca Galea’s love of jazz began with the Malta Jazz Festival. She has on various
occasions contributed to the local jazz scene and her dream is to see this genre of music
gain popularity in Malta since she believes that the local talent in this field is remarkable.
Pianist Leonardo Montana studied at the Paris National Conservatory with Emil Spanyi,
Herve Sellin, Riccardo del Fra, François Theberge, Glen Ferris, and Dre Pallemaerts.
During the last couple of years he performed with Raul de Souza, Marcia Maria , Irving
Acao, Anne Paceo, Catia Werneck, Alexandra Grimal, Chico Freeman, Michael Cheret,
Fredrika Stahl, Guillaume Naturel, Lukmil Perez ,Umberto Pagnini and Felipe Cabrera .
The Bad Plus is one of the most original jazz outfits to emerge in recent years.
This ‘postmodern’ power piano trio covers songs by Aphex Twin, Pink Floyd, Black
Sabbath, David Bowie, Nirvana, amongst others, and is among the leaders of what might
be called the Nu Jazz movement.
Five-time GRAMMY nominee Mike Stern has established himself as one of the premier
jazz and jazz-fusion guitarists and composers of his generation. He will perform along
with Randy Brecker, Chris Minh Doky and Dave Weckl.
Audiences will be able to experience the brilliant improvisations of the Joshua Redman
Double Trio and Esperanza Spalding’s jazz improvisations, funk, scat singing and
Brazilian vernacular rhythms.
For this edition of the festival Charles ‘City’ Gatt will lead his own quartet featuring
Amy Gamlen on saxophone, Joe Debono on piano and Matteo Bortone on bass. ‘City’
is the founder and now mentor of the Malta Jazz Festival, now in its 20th edition. He is
also a visual artist, percussionist, composer and principal of the Johann Strauss School of
Music in Malta.
Jazzman Magazine has stated that the “Ari Hoenig Punk Bop Trio is "a disconcerting
phenomenon of the drums". Richard Bona’s virtuosity, vocal fluidity, sense of song and
harmony combine with African culture.
Tickets for the Malta Jazz Festival are very reasonably priced. Single day tickets are
available at only €15 each. Reserved seating tickets are at €20 and a three day pass
can be bought for just €30. Concessions for students and the elderly at €10 per night
and €20 for a three day pass. Tickets will be on sale from www.maltaticket.com as
from Saturday 17th April.
For the first time this year, one can also experience the Jazz Festival from aboard
our specially chartered Jazz Boat, where patrons will enjoy a unique wine-and-dine
experience to the sounds of the Festival’s world renowned artists. Tickets are limited and
early booking is recommended.
For more information kindly contact Sarah-Lee at the Malta Council
for Culture and The Arts on 21232515, or visit our
website www.maltajazzfestival.org or www.maltaculture.com