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Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival
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The Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival, one of the largest jazz festivals in the world, is ready to celebrate its 10th anniversary! For the special date, the event organizers have put together an explosive lineup to throw a big jazz party. Jamie Cullum, Natalie Cole, Norman Brown and Joey DeFrancesco lead a stellar cast that also includes Incognito, Roy Ayers, Keiko Matsui and the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire.

For ten years, the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival or Java Jazz Fest, like is known among its fans, has presented shows by some of the best jazz artists around. With the motto Bring the World to Indonesia, it has brought on stage top-class acts from both the local and international music scenes. The 2014 edition of the festival, which takes place from February 28th through March 2nd, marks the 10th anniversary of the event. What better way to celebrate a birthday, than with some hot live jazz?

Java Jazz Fest: A Decade of Jazz and Success

The first edition of the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival, held in 2005, welcomed 125 bands and more than 1,400 artists who performed in 146 shows. About 47,500 people attended the event, making the Java Jazz Fest three-day stretch a big success. Since then, Java Jazz Fest has represented an important stage for both international and local artists. During the festival, international jazzists have the chance to see the musical talent that Indonesia has to offer, and it’s not rare to see collaborations and jazz improvisations paired with Indonesian traditional music on the Java Jazz Fest’s stages.

The Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival showcases traditional, smooth and acid jazz, as well as other genres. The “jazz ‘n beyond” form presented by DJs is one of the favourite ones among festival fans, especially the younger ones. The Java Jazz Fest audience, however, has always been very diversified and with a wide range of age groups, and welcomes fans of all ages.

In the past, music stars such as James Brown, Herbie Hancock, Steve Wonder, Chaka Khan and Sérgio Mendes has performed at the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival. And the 2014 edition is set to keep following the tradition…

Listen to Some of the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival Performers:

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Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2014: A Big Celebration

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Java Jazz Fest, the organizers have put together a lineup filled with local and international talents. The schedule for Friday 28.2 features the sensational Joey DeFrancesco, smooth jazz maestro Rick Braun, the acid jazz sounds of the James Taylor Quartet, the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire and Jamie Cullum, the star of the night. Dwiki DharmawanBLP Inner Light and the Tomorrow People Ensemble are some of the Indonesian artists set to perform on the first night of the Java Jazz Festival.

On its first night, the Java Jazz Fest will welcome more than 50 artists, including:

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Saturday Night Jazz Fever and the Grand Finale

The highlights of the second night of the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2014 include the bossa nova of Paula Morelenbaum, Japanese keyboard sensation Keiko Matsui, the smooth jazz riffs of Norman Brown, Swedish young guns Dirty Loops and the return of British acid jazz icons Incognito. Paula Morelenbaum and Keiko Matsui have both enjoy international success in their respective genres, bossa nova and smooth jazz, while Dirty Loops have raised to prominence with their cover of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep. At present, their YouTube video has been viewed by more than 3 million people. Grammy Award winner Norman Brown is a familiar name pretty much to all smooth jazz fans, while Incognito is one of the names that has led the British acid jazz scene to success both in the UK and around the world.

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The grand finale of the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2014 will see the return of Paula Morelenbaum, Keiko Matsui and Rick Braun, tributes to George Duke and the legendary jazz of Indonesia, the Godfather of neo-soul of Roy Ayers and Finnish rising star Timo Lassy, among others. Natalie Cole, daughter of the legendary Nat King Cole, will be the start of night. During her career, Natalie Cole has won numerous Grammy Awards and has sold over 30 million records all over the world.

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After the festival, some of the headliners – including Incognito, Earth Wind & Fire, Brazilian singer Tania Maria and Swedish jazzman Magnus Lindgren – will head to Bali for the Bali Live Festival. During the event, which organized from March 3rd to 8th, several international stars will perform at the Jazz Café Ubud and other venues on the island. A double jazz celebration for Indonesia!

One of the biggest jazz festivals in the world is ready to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Top-class music acts, culture and fun…this is Java Jazz Fest!

Festival Details

Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival

Jakarta, Indonesia

Info: info@javajazzfestival.com

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