4 March 2013 by Luke McCormick
The Malta Jazz Festival has been raising the bar for jazz in Malta for almost 25 years.
Running from Thursday 18 to Saturday 20 July in the open-air setting of Ta' Liesse Valletta contemporary music will once again come together with a sense of history for one of the main annual highlights in Malta's cultural and artistic calendar.
Now in its 23rd edition, this year's line-up promises to be no exception. On Thursday 18, Robert Glasper Experiment - fresh from his Grammy-award victory - will perform at Ta' Liesse.
Also performing on the night is two-time Grammy award nominee Gerald Clayton. Clayton's dynamic sound has been praised by the Jazz Times and Los Angeles Times and he was recently voted first place for "Rising Star - Pianist" in Down Beat Magazine's 2010 Critics Poll.
Grammy nominee Gregory Porter is the jazz singer of the moment. And he keeps getting bigger and bigger. He will perform at the Malta Jazz Festival on Friday 19 July. Even people who have never listened to jazz will love this performance.
Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer will also perform on the same night. Iyer was awarded an unprecedented "quintuple crown" in the Down Beat International Critics Poll and the Vijay Iyer Trio won the 2010 Echo Award (the "German Grammy") for best international ensemble and the 2012 Downbeat Critics Poll for jazz group of the year.
Multi-Grammy award winner and internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Michel Camilo - who moves with ease between the worlds of Jazz, Latin and Classical music - will perform on Saturday 20 July.
Gilad Hekselman - one of the most exciting Israeli-born musicians on the jazz scene - will also perform with his Quartet on the same night.