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Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival

Are you a Jazz fan? Haven’t yet had enough of  jazz?

If yes, then this is what you have been waiting for. The 9th edition of the Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival is here. To be held from 8th to 18th Feb, it promises to be a treat for jazz fans.
The festival is lined up with three main events the ‘Jazz World’, ‘Jazz Garden’ and ‘Main Gigs’. The festival commenced on 20th January with ‘Jazz Word’ which included 9 international legends along with locally based Jazz artists. The Jazz World was a street music festival themed ‘Blues Edition’ at The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). This event was a great opening act for the festival and it lived up to the expectations and hype created around it. Jazz Fans around the world flocked to the venue, to savor this act.

The ‘Jazz Garden’ event to be held at Dubai Media City from Feb 8th to 15th promises spectacular jazz filled nights with seven suave and smooth international jazz artistes. They feature a mix of the finest; the British Isles has to offer and other international jazz musicians. The names  promised are Ian Shaw, Nate Harasim, Ronnie Scott’s, Althea Rene, Cleveland Watkiss, Bob Baldwin, Julian Vaugh, Arun Ghosh, Elizabeth Mis, Daren Rahn, Soweto Kinch and Get the Blessing, Down to the Bone, Neil Cowley Trio are the artists for the du Jazz Garden event.

Not enough for the jazz lovers to take note? Well, the main gigs are on 16th, 17th, 18th Feb consecutive nights at the Dubai Media City Centre. The names associated are Alison Moyet, Joshua Radin, Macy Gray, Train, Jools Holland & Friends. Pure high energy entertainment with international happening jazz artists is the main course for this Dubai Jazz Festival.

The Dubai Jazz festival started in the year 2003 and since then has won 8 distinctive awards. Among these are the best festival - ‘What’s On Award’, best entertainment event in the Middle East award - Middle East Events Award’, best festival - ‘Timeout Nightlife Award’ and the best music event - ‘Ahlan Best in Dubai Award’. This year too the Skywards Dubai Jazz festival 2011 seems set to add another feather to it’s cap and jazz lovers around the globe wish them luck.

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