Mercedes Benz Colombo Jazz Festival is back!

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A Mainstage event, the Mercedes Benz Colombo Jazz Festival opens on the 18th and 19th of February at the Galle Face Hotel. Following on the immense success of its inaugural festival in 2016, this years event has expanded to cover two days with over 45 artists.

The concept behind the festival is a music, culinary and art event, that promises to combine and showcase the talents of the best international jazz artists as well as artists of national renown.

The stunning heritage property the Galle Face Hotel, in Colombo, will welcome global music fans to jazz-centric celebration, where fans of all types of jazz-related music rub shoulders with aficionados of the genre. The Galle Face Hotel an iconic historic property, has long supported the arts and been a popular choice with performers passing through the capital. Duke Ellington was a guest in 1963, visiting what was then called the Coconut Grove (now the Jubilee Ballroom), a nightclub where Radio Ceylon broadcast and Mignonne Fernando and The Jetliners got their break. The hotel was so popular and the parties so legendary that guests would often sleep in and miss their ships.

The lineup is the culmination of the festival’s commitment to bringing a diverse and unique group of jazz musicians to Colombo to deliver a collection of performances that includes, exciting new artists, international and local jazz legends and groups all connected around presenting unique musical experiences in a first for Colombo.

Colombo is a place filled with soul, culture and creativity, and we have a great legacy of music here. The group, which is headlining the festival – A Mainstage Event, is Incognito, which as been labelled as everything from pop band to Latin jazz ensemble, from ‘70s-styled funk crew to an acid-jazz collaboration. It is best defined in terms of its leader, guitarist-vocalist-composer Jean Paul (Bluey) Maunick. Over the course of the ensemble’s history and its 16 albums, Bluey, as he prefers to be known, has explored his own musical passions, passions that embrace all those categories.

Based on groove rhythms, Bluey’s music has been in constant flux, encompassing a variety of forms anchored all the while by his original inspirations: Herbie Hancock, Earth, Wind & Fire and especially Stevie Wonder. His record production credits include legendary artists such as Paul Weller, George Benson, Maxi Priest; he has also collaborated with Stevie Wonder.

Another jazz legend performing is Mud Morganfield who describes the resemblance of the tone and timber of his voice to that of his father’s voice as a double edged sword.

The similarity is evident in
For Pops: A Tribute To Muddy Waters, an album on which Morganfield performs several Muddy Waters songs. Morganfield launched his music career in blues clubs on the south side of Chicago, where he performed a mix of his father’s material and his own original works.
The Festival will also host an irresistible “Feastival” with an incredible array of speciality foods including picnic baskets with a delicious selection of cheeses and charcuterie. Wine and Champagne bars amoung others will  also be a part of
the festival.