The Mercedes Benz Colombo Jazz Festival opens on the 18th and 19th of February at the Galle Face hotel.
Colombo Jazz Festival opens on the 18th and 19th of February at the Galle Face hotel this year!
After last year's success, the 2017 event has expanded to cover two days with over 45 artists, and so much more food. The festival promises to showcase great international jazz, cuisine, and art. The performance includes new artists, along with international and local jazz legends and groups - a first for Sri Lanka.
The Acid Jazz band Incognito from the UK is one of the headline acts, along with Mud Morganfield. He 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.
The Kevin Davy Quartet, Kevin Davy is a London-based trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader. In a career spanning three decades, he has amassed an extensive recorded discography, which includes work ranging from musical theatre to modern jazz and contemporary music.
Geoffrey Fernando of famed Sri Lankan band Purple Rain will also perform, and his unique vocal style and graceful stage presence makes Geoff one of the best live entertainers to be experienced. Another local jazz name, Jerome Speldewinde's powerful vocal styling makes for a compelling combination when paired with his guitar skill.
Brown Sugar, regulars at 41 Sugar, are one of the island's up and coming jazz sextets. Their brilliantly quirky performances have made them a firm favourite in the island's music scene.
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. You don't have to have a picnic mat for your self for a picnic basket, you can buy one anyway and there will be seating in bean bags, cushions apart from picnic mats. Wine and Champagne bars will also be a part of the festival, along with stalls, a spa, a shisha lounge, and a gin garden, turning the Festival site into a city within a city—a cultural wonderland showcasing the soul of Sri Lanka.
The set up was beautiful last year, and it promises to be even bigger and better this year. Here's what you can expect: