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  • Report: Java Jazz Festival 2015

Jazz is regarded as the greatest cultural gift from the US (and Africa) to the world. Long before the terms ‘mashup’ and ‘platform’ became part of business jargon, jazz had spread around the world morphing and fusing with different styles, genres, languages and instruments. Many of these creative variations were featured at the 11th annual Java Jazz Festival (JJF) in Jakarta, one of the largest jazz festivals in the world and one of our favorite annual musical events.

With 180 acts spread across 16 stages for eight hours a day on three days, JJF is almost like a firehose of jazz. Performers gathered from dozens of countries, and varied in age from their 20s all the way to the 80s, showing that jazz is very much alive and thriving today. From Bobby McFerrin (US) and Richard Bona (Cameroon) to Laya Putri (Indonesia) and Raghu Dixit Project (India), the artists showcased amazing ways of thinking out of the box – with other terrific performances as well by Courtney Pine (UK), Alain Caron (Canada), Akiko Tsuruga (Japan), Lisa Ono (Brazil), Hendrik Meurkens (Germany), Gregoire Maret (France), Iriao (Georgia), Magnus Lindgren (Sweden), Pie Grande (Mexico) and Biel Ballester Trio (Spain). Performances by two young international pop stars Christina Perri and Jessie J closed the annual event, drawing full house.

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