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The Annual Malta Jazz Festival to Feature Jazz Legends

July 8 - July 13

The Malta Jazz Festival, a musical experience on the Mediterranean archipelago, will take place July 8-13, 2024. This year’s stellar lineup will feature headliners Grammy-Winning American Trumpeter Chief Adjuah, Walter Smith III Quartet, Something Else!, and TRIO GRANDE, on the main stage at Ta’ Liesse Valletta. The annual festival, produced by Festivals Malta, will feature an eclectic mix of renowned international artists and emerging local talent at various locations around Malta’s historic Capital, Valletta.

Concerts at The City Theatre include leading Brazilian vocalist Mônica Salmaso, guitarist and band Tom Ollendorff Trio, and pianist with accompaniment Philippe Soirat Quartet.

In addition, the festival will feature captivating midday concerts at MUŻA, the city’s Museum of Fine Arts, showcasing the exceptional talent of local musicians. The festival will also cater to younger audiences with Julie Erikssen’s special project for children, providing a fun and interactive introduction to the world of jazz at Spazju Kreattiv, Studio B (Music Room).
The festival will reach its culmination at the historic Ta’ Liesse Church in Valletta, with the city’s Grand Harbour as its backdrop.

About the Malta Jazz Festival The Malta Jazz Festival is one of the oldest running music events in Southern Europe. It was created in 1991 by Charles Gatt, and his successor Sandro Zerafa took over the curatorship in 2009. Over the years, it has hosted some of the most important exponents of jazz music, some of whom have now passed into the annals of jazz history – Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, Charlie Haden, Betty Carter, Elvin Jones, Lee Konitz, Brad Mehldau, Wayne Shorter, Roy Haynes, Paul Bley, to name a few. While the trend in the major jazz festivals nowadays is to stray away from jazz and water down the jazz content in their line-ups, the Malta Jazz Festival strives to do the opposite, always achieving a balance between the erudite and popular aspects of this music. This year’s line-up is a clear example of the eclectic content the MJF has become renowned for.

The Malta Jazz Festival is organised by Festivals Malta, is supported by The Ministry for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government (Kultura), Visit Malta, and sponsored by GSD Marketing Ltd.

About Malta
The sunny islands of Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, are home to a most remarkable concentration of intact built heritage, including the highest density of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in any nation-state anywhere. Valletta, built by the proud Knights of St. John, is one of the UNESCO sites and the European Capital of Culture for 2018. Malta’s patrimony in stone ranges from the oldest free-standing stone architecture in the world, to one of the British Empire’s most formidable defensive systems, and includes a rich mix of domestic, religious and military architecture from the ancient, medieval and early modern periods. With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 8,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do.

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