Jazz enthusiasts and music lovers, brace yourself! The world’s biggest jazz festival,the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival or popularly known as Java Jazz will again turn the capital city of Jakarta into the ‘Mecca’ of Jazz on 3rd to 5th March 2017 at the Jakarta International Exhibition Center, Kemayoran.
Having firmly established Jakarta as Asia's capital of Jazz, this year the festival is back with a bolder agenda to spread the groove of Jazz to the entire planet. Entering its 13th edition this year, the jazz fiesta will feature no less than 150 renowned musicians from all over the globe. There will be 60 shows per day for a full three days held on 14 stages. This year, the festival will feature no special show so that everybody can enjoy all performances without additional charges. Although there will be no special shows, if there’s one thing the festival is known for is that every single performance is exceptional.
As always, Java Jazz 2017 will again feature some of the world’s most prominent musicians.
Among international names confirmed appearing in this year’s festival are a string of highly renowned jazz celebrities: Adam Hawley, Alfredo Rodriguez Trio, Amsterdam Concert Gebouw, Anthony Strong, Arturo Sandoval, Beady Belle, Bebel Gilberto, Blood Sweat & Tears feat Bo Bice, Dylan Elise, Leonardo Amuedo, Brian Simpson, Chick Corea Elektric Band, Chieli Minucci - Special EFX, Cristina Morrison, Cyrille Aimée, Daniela Schachter, Dave Weckl, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, DW3, Elan Trotman, Elliott Yamin, Emma Larrson, Eric Marienthal, Fareed Haque, Goodluck Heiwa, GregoireMaret, Harvey Mason, Incognito, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Justin Kauflin, Kamal Musallam feat. DwikiDharmawan, King, Kinga and Irek Glyk, Kirk Whalum, Krystyna Durys & Durys Band, Lao Tizer Band, Maurice Brown, Mezzoforte, Michal Martyniuk, Morgan James, Nathan East, Naughty by Nature, Nicholas Payton Afro-Caribbean Mixtape, Nik West, Paulinho Garcia feat RegaDauna, Polly Gibbons, Renegade Brass Band, Richard Bona &Mandekan Cubano, Rick Braun, Ron King Big Band, Sergio Mendez, Stanley Jordan, TonnyMomrelle, Tony Monaco, Vladimir Cetkar, WojtekPilichowskiand Zap Mama.
Java Jazz will also showcase Indonesia’s own finest talents. Combining legendary names in Indonesia’s Jazz scene and new emerging stars.
This year’s Indonesian confirmed line up comprise: 90's Hip Hop All Stars (Iwa K - NEO - Sweet Martabak), Afgan, Andien, Armand Maulana, Barasuara, Beatluz Music (AdindaShalahita, Albert Fakdawer feat Barry Likumahuwa), David Manuhutu Project, Dewa Budjana Zentuary, Dhani Syah Trio, Dira Sugandi feat The Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dua Empat, Endah N' Rhesa X Dua Drum, G-Pluck, Gugun Blues Shelter, Hi-Vi!, Idang Rasidji, J.O.C (Jeffrey Tahalele, Oele Patiselano, Cendy Luntungan), Jeane Phialsa Quartet, Keubitbit, KuntoAji, Laid This Nite, Margie Segers feat Ron King Big Band, Monita Tahalea, Radhini, Rafi Muhammad (The other side of me), Ras Muhamad n the Easy Skankin', Rega Dauna feat Paulinho Garcia, Rendy Pandugo, Ricad Hutapea Trio Feat, Renata Tobing, Sri Hanuraga Trio feat Dira Sugandi, Teddy Adhitya, The Groove, Tiyo Alibasjah feat Karim Suweileh plays Brazillian, Tohpati Bertiga, Tulus, Yance Manusama & Otti Jamalus Project, and YuraYunita.
The lineup is still expanding with more of both international and national artists confirming their attendance in due course.
As the line-up gets more and more impressive each year, Indonesia has firmly establishes itself on the world music map. Transforming Jakarta into the Capital of Jazz, the Java Jazz Festival is constantly committed to promote Indonesia through music, making it a true Mecca of Jazz. As the stages are being set up, and more artists are filling the line-up, bear in mind that this spectacular music scene only comes once a year. Somake sure to be there!