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Tuesday 21 Jazz Garden: Sharrie Williams, Cindy Bradley, Mezzotono Quintet
Acclaimed old-school singer Williams has recently picked up an award from L’Academie du Jazz in Paris for her latest release, Out of the Dark. Female trumpeter Bradley plays over retro grooves recalling Donald Byrd’s ’70s work, while Mezzotono are a five-piece Italian a cappella group.
Free. 8pm-midnight. The Jazz Garden, Festival Park, Dubai Festival City,
Wednesday 22 All-Star Ladies of Blues, All-Star Smooth Jazz, Luca Mannutza and Max Ionata
The final of five days in the Jazz Garden will see all the four blues singers who have closed the preceding evenings – Sharrie Williams, Shakura S’Aida, Deborah Coleman and Ruby Turner – combine for an all-star send off.
Earlier in the evening, the same concept will be applied to the performers in the smooth jazz segment (Cindy Bradley, Julian Vaughan, Phillip Denny Althea Rene), while the evening opens with the final act courtesy of Italian Embassy pianist Mannutza and saxophonist Ionata.
Free, but ticketed (apply for tickets online at www.facebook.com/DubaiJazzFest. 8pm-midnight. The Jazz Garden, Festival Park, Dubai Festival City,
Thursday 23 Jason Mraz
Of the four Js headlining this year’s un-jazzy Jazz Fest, we’re most excited by the only Dubai first-timer, Jason Mraz. The perpetually hat-wearing American has a laid-back soulful groove – think Jack Johnson or Chris Murray – that’s lacking from the straight up pop of James Morrison and Blunt. He appears here with long-standing percussionist Toca Rivera, who we hope will add some dynamism to the night. The rest of the bill includes an earlier set from US fusion veterans Spyro Gyra – the most jazzy act to get near the main stage – and Scottish songwriter Sandi Thom, memorable for her quirky 2006 hit ‘I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)’.
Dhs295-995. 7pm-midnight, Thursday February 23. Festival Park, Dubai Festival City, www.timeouttickets.com
Friday 24 James Morrison, Brett Dennen and Dirty Robbers
Returning with last year’s LP Awakening, soulful Brit songwriter Morrison headlines a bill fleshed out by Californian folky singer Dennen and retro rivalists the Dirty Robbers.
Dhs295-995. 7pm-midnight. Festival Park, Dubai Festival City, www.timeouttickets.com