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06 Sep 2010

Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival

The Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival held annually in Jakarta is a three day celebration of jazz from all over the world. It aims to promote Indonesia, jazz and the talented skills of jazz musicians, from Indonesia or from around the world. The festival facilitates diverse cultures to come together and work in harmony, and open the door to the richness of local arts and culture. In this way they can also remain committed to the goal of perpetuating jazz as an art form.

In the year 2005, the first annual Festival was organised by the Java Festival Production and held at the Jakarta Convention Center for 3 days.

Throughout the first 10 years, the Festival has presented names such as the late James Brown, Incognito, Santana, Stevie Wonder, Lee Ritenour, John Legend, Lisa Stansfield, Craig David, David Garfield, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Joey De Francesco, Kenny Garret, Cucho Valdes, James Carter, Dave Grusin, Gregory Porter, George Benson, Omar Hakim, Phil Perry, Diane Warren, Natalie Cole, Jamie Cullum, Allen Stone, James Taylor Quartet, India Arie, Earth Wind and Fire Feat. Al McKay, Tania Maria, Mayer Hawthorne, and so many more.

Indonesian artists plays a very big role in the success of each annual festival, and through it, the Festival has presented names like Sandhy Sondoro, Dira Sugandhi, Raisa, Barry Likumahuwa, Addie MS Family, Agnez Mo, Afgan, Dian Pramana Poetra, Jamie Aditya, Krakatau Reunion, Fariz RM, RAN, Marcell, etc.

As a flagship event in Indonesia, and one of the biggest jazz festivals in the world, the Festival strives to promote the growth of the music industry through concerts of quality and innovation. In 2007 over 1200 artists came together to play, and share their skills and knowledge through workshops and lecture demo. At every level of its operations, the festival relies on enthusiastic volunteers, corporate sponsors and individual donors.