The Malta International Jazz Festival is undoubtedly one of the more eclectic musical celebrations in this year's calendar of events. Bringing together some of the best Maltese and international artists, this event promises to thrill its audience with contemporary jazz styles that are currently dominating the musical scene. Each year, the festival brings a variety of world-renowned artists to perform in the capital city, with previous editions having hosted world-class performers such as Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker and Brad Mehldau. With a variety of gripping main sets and fringe events staged under Malta’s starry summer sky, the Malta International Jazz Festival has become a staple favourite on the local cultural calendar.
The highlights for this year’s programme are Kenny Garrett, one of the world’s most renowned saxophone players, Jazzmeia Horn one of the most important jazz vocalists, who was nominated for a Grammy last year, Ozmosys featuring legendary jazz drummer Omar Hakim, one of the most versatile eclectic Jazz drummers who has collaborated with Miles Davis, Dire Straits, Daft Punk and David Bowie and for the second time Chucho Valdés – the Cuban Jazz Legend, six-time Grammy Award Winner, who will all be performing on the Main Stage at Ta’ Liesse in Valletta.
Ta’ Liesse Concerts will also feature some great local acts like the William Smith Trio and Jazz veteran Dominic Galea who will be presenting a new project featuring young Maltese musicians.
The Malta Concert Orchestra’s Big Band together Joe Cutajar will also be performing at Pjazza Teatru Rjal on Thursday 18th July amongst many other performances from great artists throughout the whole week.