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The Malta Jazz Festival 2014

17 July 2014

The Malta Jazz Festival is back for its 24th edition and is one Malta’s most highly anticipated events both locally and internationally. This festival is known for bringing together many world-class acts and emerging stars. Expect incredible talent, fantastic music and an electric atmosphere as the festival continues into the night.

The Malta Jazz Festival has helped raise the profile of jazz locally from a fringe festival to one of the most-awaited musical events in Malta’s artistic and cultural calendar. This year it is running from the 17th to the 19th July in the open-air setting of Ta’ Liesse, Valletta - where the Grand Harbour bastions meet the sea. This is the ideal setting for contemporary music to come together with a true feeling of the history of Malta. This serene backdrop is the perfect setting for high-calibre performances which delight jazz aficionados and lay persons alike.

For years the programme line-up has always been a hit, featuring great artists such as Wayne Shorter, Diana Krall, Betty Carter, Bill Evans and Mike Stern.

This year features ten acts who will showcase a different variety of styles which constitute the contemporary jazz scene from both local and international talent. The ten acts performing at the Malta Jazz Festival 2014 are:

Thursday 17th July

  • Paul Abela Quintet
  • Laurent Coq Dialogue Trio 
  • Tom Harell

Friday 18th July

  • Dominic Galea Trio, 
  • Kneebody 
  • Mehliana

Saturday 19th July

  • Joseph Camilleri
  • Francesca Galea Quintet
  • Warren Wolf 
  • Brecker Brothers Band Reunion.


If you want to find out any more information about the jazz festival or would like to book your tickets online you can do so here. I booked mine a few weeks ago. With the Sliema Street Art Festival in the day and the Jazz festival in the evening, I think this may just be one of the best weekends so far! (maybe…)

Copyright images courtesy of Gege Gatt

Author: Adam Claffey

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