Not only is the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival back, but legendary multi-Grammy-Award-winning US pop-rock band TOTO will headline the opening night, with support from Postmodern Jukebox.
Taking place from Wednesday February 24 to Friday 26, 2016 at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, the 14th edition of the festival is set to be bigger and better – watch this space for more exclusive announcements in the coming weeks and months (we’ve had a sneak peek at the line-up and there’s something on it for everybody).
Consisting of David Paich, Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro and Joseph Williams, TOTO are famous for their hits Africa, Rosanna, Hold the Line and I’ll Be Over You, and are no strangers to Dubai or the festival, where they performed a sold-out gig back in 2007.
“As we travel the globe, this appearance is one that all of us have looked forward to for some time now. The set will feature a repertoire that includes the hits alongside some of our favourite deep cuts,” says Lukather, frontman and band founder.
The group’s return to the festival falls a year short of their 40th anniversary, and with thousands of credits and accolades to their names, TOTO remain one of the top-selling touring and recording acts in the world. The group are known for merging a mix of jazz, rock, power-pop and soul, something that helped them enter into the Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
Their latest album, TOTO XIV, is a masterful collection of arrangements, topical lyrics and melodies that will no doubt bowl Dubai audiences over.
Tickets are on sale now and start from Dhs325 for general admission and go up to Dhs1,250 for VIP packages.
For further details, visit www.dubaijazzfest.com.
FOUR MORE PLACES TO HEAR JAZZ GROOVES IN DUBAI
Check out Sound City every Thursday from 9pm. They mix jazz with chart hits.
Novotel World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 0000).
Jazz @ Pizza Express
Head to a jazz jam session every Tuesday hosted by Rachael Calladine at 8.30pm.
Cluster A, JLT (04 441 6342).
Jazz up your Monday evenings with the passionate rhythms of Dave Holland and his saxophone.
Gate Village, DIFC (04 437 7511).
The Ivy Jazz Lounge
Cast your ears back to the ’50s with big band music on weekends from 8pm.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 319 8088).