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Java Jazz Festival goes from strength to strength

Java Jazz Festival goes from strength to strength
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The Java Jazz Festival claims to be the biggest Jazz Festival in the world today, with over 20 main stages, over 100 000 people come here over 3 days. It is also a good platform to take a look at Indonesian Jazz music and the local talent on show.

American R&B/soul star John Legend was among the highlights who opened the festival. The 31 year- old multi Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist packed the concert hall with fans of all generations.

The American superstar gave only a press conference and group interviews. euronews was the only international television allowed access to Legend for a chat about, among other things, his attitude to celebrity.

“You know everybody has his own definition of who they wanna be and what kind of celebrity they wanna be – my focus is not being a celebrity. My focus is on being an artist and so I feel like continuing on focusing on that is the most important thing I can do.”

Tohpati is one of the best guitarists in Indonesia. Amongst his major influences are American jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, but in his music the 38- year old Tohpati mixes several styles.

“I like traditional, I like Jazz music, I like Blues, so maybe the audience would call it ethno Jazz progressive…maybe.”

Indra Lesmana leads his Java Jazz fusion group Lesmana. Originally from Jakarta, he went to the United States and Australia to improve his jazz style

“I love improvising. I think the one of the biggest reasons why I fell in love with Jazz was because I love the freedom of improvisation.”

Sandhy Sondoro started his music career in Berlin where he went to study architecture. He became famous after he entered a talent show on German national TV. Having lived in Berlin for the last 17 years Sandhy is now trying to break into his home market.”

“It was a great pleasure to be back and to be part of this festival. So many people came, I am very happy.”

For saxappeal go no further than the Sax Divas. The three American sax players Jessy J, Mindi Abair and Pamela Williams formed this seductive band just recently.

“Is there a difference between women and men playing saxophones?”

Mindi Abair:
“We wear higher heels..we do everything that guys do, but in heels.”

Pamela Williams:
“I don’t think there is really any difference. We are very sensual in our approach.”

The Jakarta Jazz Festival was founded 6 years ago and ever since it has been a real success story which attracts music lovers from all generations every year.