February 25, 2007

An Unrivaled Final Line Up Is Confirmed For The 5th Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival 2007, Featuring More Legends, More Pioneers, More Divas, And Much More Than Jazz…

Chillout Productions, founders and organizers of the Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival (S-DIJF) (www.dubaijazzfest.com), has announced the final line up for the festival’s fifth anniversary edition. The spectacular three-day event will be held on March 8, 9, 10, 2007 at Dubai Media City.

“To add up to the two previously announced artists who will be rocking Dubai by storm, the rock stars Toto and the fantastic Jamie Cullum, we made sure to enclose an unsurpassed three nights of magic by confirming artists such as the living legend, Freddy Cole, the splendid diva, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and the multi-award winners, Acoustic Alchemy, to name a few.” Said Anthony Younes, managing director of Chillout Productions.

DeeDeeBridgewater.jpgThe 1st night, Thursday the 8th of March will feature Kamal Musallam Trio with his Oriental Jazz band, the living legend Freddy Cole who combines consummate ease with a lyric, an acute sense of melodic and rhythmic phrasing and a smoky air voice that helps make his interpretations of pop and jazz songs very much his own. Then comes Guy Manoukian and his unique style of classical jazz/oriental music and finally the magnificent Diva, Dee Dee Bridgewater whom beyond being a dynamic singer with a rip-roaring scat, is a Tony Award-winning actress, an announcer, and a noted humorist..

RandyAda.jpgThe second night, Friday the 9th of March will also play host to a huge line up. A powerful yet dramatic opening act with the Dubai-based blues skilled Sergio Bekhazi and his band, the Three Ladies of Blues who sing the same way they look: powerful, swinging and sexy, the virtuosic trumpeter and prolific composer Randy Brecker along with his wife, the fluent post-bop tenor and soprano saxophonist Ada Rovatti, and finally ending the evening with a treasured memory of the unquestionable rock legends, Toto.

AcousticAlchemy.jpgAnd the closing night, Saturday the 10th of March will witness Dubai Drums with their interactive and exquisite show, the remarkable singing style of Robin McKelle whose soul-infused alto tinged voice will go haunting echoes from the postwar jazz greats. Followed by Robin are the Acoustic Alchemy and their pioneer concept of two acoustic guitars which will be the emotional centrepiece that draws people close and conclusively the phenomenal prodigy, Jamie Cullum.

Besides the confirmation of the final line up of its 5th edition, Chillout Productions has announced ticket sales for the Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival.

Sales of the popular “Early Bird Deal” will be running throughout the month of February at the discount price of AED 165 for the one night ticket and AED 445 for the Three-day season pass and can be exclusively bought from Chillout Productions offices located in CNN building, Dubai Media City, office 312. Regular priced tickets are now also available at all Virgin Megastores, Hallmark, Spinneys and online from www.boxofficeme.com or www.timeouttickets.com.

The 2007 Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival promises to be an enchanting experience where the audience will be exposed to a lot of diverse music over the course of the three nights. The success of the event relies on many factors be it the 2 exceptional and distinctive stages hosted by Skywards and Cadillac, the hospitality chalets, the VIP lounges, the beanbags and the friendly atmosphere, the Food & Beverage village or the Arts & Crafts Bazaar, all together with the beautiful people who will be strolling down the venue at the 2007 Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival.

“This year in addition to the jamming sessions which will take place at Jambase Madinat Jumeirah, we will be having a new concept called, “ Midnight Shisha and Jazz” with musicians Furat Quaddouri and Jon Hassall. This new event will take place on the same dates of the festival, after midnight, at Tamanya Terrace, Radisson SAS Hotel, Dubai Media City and will also have all the participating artists from the festival present for a unforgettable night of spontaneous magic.” Says Eric Kahi, Marketing and Communication Manager of Chillout Productions.

Posted by Peter Böhi at February 25, 2007 12:22 PM