Brace yourself! This March, Jakarta will be invaded by an alliance of the world’s finest Jazz artists. The AXIS Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2011 is the seventh edition of Indonesia’s celebrated Jazz festival. This annual jazz fiesta will take place at the Jakarta International Expo (JIExpo), Kemayoran, Jakarta, for three consecutive days from 4 to 6 March 2011.
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This year, The Java Festival Production (the promoters) has successfully invited a number of world jazz legends, some of whom will be coming to Indonesia’s jazz festival for the first time. After six years of tireless efforts, Santana has finally agreed to perform at AXIS Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2011. To make it even more phenomenal, Santana will be performing at two special shows: on Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th. Santana’s ‘visit’ to Jakarta is part of the “Guitar Heaven 2011 Tour”. is expected that Santana will perform his band’s classic songs, including those featured in “The Supernatural: Legacy Edition” album.
George Benson is another name that doesn’t need more introductions in the world of Jazz. Although he has performed in Jakarta on many occasions, this will be the first time that George Benson will perform at AXIS Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival. He will perform in two formats (both Special Shows): the George Benson Greatest Hits and George Benson Tribute to Nat King Cole, in which he will collaborate with an Indonesian orchestra to pay tribute to the legendary singer and pianist.
Also scheduled to perform at the festival is hit maker Kenny Loggins. Kenneth Clark Loggins is not only a notable songwriter, but is also an acknowledged pop singer. A Grammy Award winner (1980) for “Best Male Vocal”, his fans come from all over the world. His songs are the signature soundtracks to classic movies such as “Caddyshack”, “Footloose”, “Top Gun” and “Over the Top”.
Other popular names that decorate the artists’ lineup include: Charlie Haden, Joey DeFrancesco, Bob James, Harvey Mason, Nathan East, Chuck Loeb, Roy Ayers, Maria Schneider, Sondre Lerche, and many more. The Festival will also feature Indonesia’s finest Jazz musicians including: Barry Likumahuwa, Sandy Winarta, Benny Likumahuwa & the Young Jazz Connection, DREW, Dwiki Dharmawan, Otty Djamalus & Yance Manusama feat. Endah n Rhesa, BLP, Indonesia Nu Progressive, Ello, Nial Djuliarso – Tribute to the Jazz Soul of Ismail Marzuki, The Groove Reunion, Iwan Hasan Chamber Jazz feat, Andien and Pitoelas Big Band (who will perform alongside Maria Schneider).
In less than two months, the AXIS Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2011 is coming your way. Prepare yourself for the melodic Latin sounds of Santana, the stunning voices of George Benson and Kenny Loggins, and in short, prepare yourselves for the biggest Jazz ritual of the year here in Jakarta!
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