Sunday, January 25, 2009

Herbie Hancock in Manila?

Teaser ads over cable TV have already announced the staging of the 4th Philippine International Jazz and Arts Festival next month. And while viewers have been advised to stay tuned for more details, the festival committee already revealed months ago a wishlist of the artists they are aiming to wow Filipino audiences with.

Headlining their dream team are iconic keyboardist Herbie Hancock, pre-eminent jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, platinum-selling brassman Dave Koz, renowned Brazilian singer-songwriter Ivan Lins, award-winning vocal ensemble The New York Voices, and 6-octave vocal jazz legend, Flora Purim.

Will organizers of this year's festival be successful in their pursuit? Last year's roster included such electrifying artists as Raul Midon, Kurt Elling, Lee Ritenour, and Incognito. I guess we should know about this year in just a few days.

The Philippine International Jazz and Arts Festival is slated from February 22 to March 4, with campus tours and workshops to be mounted alongside the highly-anticipated concerts.

Stay tuned for more details...

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