Don't miss the fourth Java Jazz Fest in Jakarta this weekend if you're in Indonesia. AMY CHEW reports on the big names attending.
THE sound of Ron King and his big band resonated in the lobby of Sultan Hotel to start off the conference for the Jakarta Java Jazz Festival 2008.
The music was the perfect backdrop to showcase Indonesia’s success in organising the festival — the country had once again pulled in an impressive line-up of international artistes.
The three-day extravaganza, which opens tonight, features Grammy award-winning Manhattan Transfer, Joe Sample, Lee Ritenour, Jeff Lorber Band, Matt Bianco, James Ingram, Bobby Caldwell, Jody Watley among others.
Legendary group, Earth, Wind & Fire, which made its debut in 1969 and whose songs remain as well-loved today, returns to the city and is expected to thrill the crowds.
The festival, which is held for the fourth time, also managed to pull in young, jazz singer Renee Olstead, whose presence is eagerly awaited by thousands of jazz fans in the city. Indonesia’s top jazz musicians and singers will also be performing.
It is possibly one of the largest jazz festivals in the world, said Java Jazz founder, Peter Gontha.
Earlier: Jazzing up Jakarta