Java Jazz 2010
Next year's Java Jazz will be held on the weekend of March 5th - 7th at the International Expo (JIEx), Kemayoran, North Jakarta. One must hope that the rainy season is over because bopping in floodwater can't be fun.
Judging by the confirmed and yet-to-be-confirmed lists, this promises to be the best jazz festival yet to be held here.
The following artists are confirmed, and my choices are in bold.Arturo O’Farril (sp?), Christian McBride, David Murray Black Saint Quartet, Rufus & Sly Stone
. The last two are not jazz artists but back in the late '60s and early '70s they recorded some of the best soul-funk grooves - ever.
I would hope for some surprises and emotional highs from the following, but wouldn't expect any.
Breakestra, Brian Lynch Latin Jazz Quartet, Chieli Minucci & Special EFX, Eric Benet, Hendrik Meurkens Samba Jazz Quartet, Hubert Laws, Jane Monheit, Karen Briggs, Lao Tizer, Novello B3 Soul feat. Eric Marienthal.
The following artists are on a 'wish list'. They all have the potential to achieve great musical heights, yet some occasionally pander to commercial tastes rather than their own. (Step forward David Sanborn and Al Jarreau).Al Jarreau, Billy Cobham, Corinne Bailey Rae, David Sanborn, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, India Arie, Ivan Lins, Santana, Wayne Shorter.
Many of the following I label as 'elevator jazz musicians' - viz. Dave Koz, Lee Ritenour - and would avoid like the plague. Others I haven't heard of, so, again, I hope there are surprises in store.
Allen Hinds, Adele, Ann Hampton Callaway, Bauchklang, Candy Dulfer, Carl Allen, Colbie Caillat, Dave Koz, David Foster, Emilio Santiago, George Duke, Jazzanova Live! feat. Paul Randolph, Jonathan Butler, Karsh Kale, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Kenny Garrett, Lee Ritenour, Maria & Mama’s Bag, Pe’Z, Ratpack, Sheila Majid.
I have no info as yet on the Indonesian jazz musos who'll be performing, but the resurgence of interest in ethno-jazz (rather than western clones) could add to the reward of being there. We'll find out on the Saturday.
Check out the official website
for updates - but you'll need to be very patient if you haven't got broadband.
Incidentally, the JakJazz Festival due to take place this weekend has been cancelled at short notice, apparently because their lead sponsor has abruptly pulled out.
Could it have been Sampoerna Mild? I only ask because for several years this tobacco company, owned since 2004 by the Marlboro man, Phillip Morris, has sponsored gigs here. It is still named after the Surabaya Chinese family which is tainted by the ongoing scandal which could have, without the aid of we cicaks
, brought down the Corruption Eradication Commission but is now focussed on the bailed out Bank Century.
Don't you just love conspiracy theories - and all that jazz?