The annual Java Jazz Festival is scheduled to return with more diverse lineup, from legendary to emerging musicians, for its 15th edition at JIExpo in Kemayoran, North Jakarta, on March 1-3. (Photo courtesy of Image Dynamics)

Java Jazz Goes Broadway

BY : DIELLA YASMINE

JANUARY 18, 2019

Jakarta. The annual Java Jazz festival is set to return for its 15th edition at JIExpo in Kemayoran, North Jakarta, on March 1-3.

Java Festival Production president director Dewi Gontha said in a press conference on Wednesday that the festival's tagline this year will be "Music Unites Us All," which should give you an idea about the extensive range of music – not strictly jazz – that will be featured in the festival.

The festival also has an official theme, "Broadway," and will feature 40 international and 70 local artists on 11 stages.

The big names in the festival will be American rock band Toto, rising female singer Raveena, jazz band R+R=Now, H.E.R, Bob James Trio, Mac Ayres, Donny McCaslin, James Vickery, Jeff Bernat, Knebody, Louis Cole, Moonchild and The Suffers.

The festival's always-awaited special shows, are set to return with Raveena on March 1, Grammy-nominated H.E.R on March 2 and Toto on March 3, who will surely play their biggest hit, "Africa."

The festival will also see the return of its Parkdrive stage after a 10-year hiatus. The Indonesian performers on this stage will include Ardhito Pramono, Rendy Pandugo, Kunto Aji, Tommy Pratomo, Andien, Afghan, Delia and Isyana Sarasvati.

Collaboration projects will also be a highlight of the festival. Warner Music Project's new faces Andini, Hanin Dhiya, Rahmania Astrini and Trisouls will do jam sessions with Sony Music's young and talented artists Ardhito Pramoni, Jaz and Rendy Pandugo.

Indonesian jazz artist Barry Likumahuwa, son of Indonesian jazz legend Benny Likumahuwa, will pay tribute to American Jazz trumpeter, the late Roy Hangrove, on the first day of the festival.

There will be a series of pre-events from Feb. 12 to Feb. 27, which will take place in several places across Jakarta.

One of them is a special program called JJOTM (Java Jazz On The Move), where people can enjoy the performance of some artists included in the festival for free. The JJOTM timetable can be accessed here.

Tickets for the show are already on sale. The special show tickets start from Rp 175,000 ($12). Daily passes and three days passes will set you back Rp 750,000 and Rp 1.76 million. BNI credit cardholders can get 50 percent off the daily tickets. Further information can be found on the festival's official website.

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