Jazz is coming back to town

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An abbreviated version of the Malta Jazz Festival, called City Jazz Series, kicks off today, with small intimate settings and mainly featuring acoustic jazz.

Some of the headliners originally slated for the 2021 lineup have been dropped due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the mini festival still offers a colorful lineup.

The participating international musicians are recording artist CM Yonathan Avishai, extraordinary Cuban jazz bassist Felipe Cabrera, American pianist Danny Grissett, Italian singer Chiara Pancaldi and New York saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky.

From the local scene, musician Joe Debono will present his new project Acquapazza, with a collaboration with Sicilian musicians, Jes Psaila with his Hinge Project and singer Nadine Axisa.

The festival will also offer free masterclasses and a photographic exhibition by Thérèse Debono.

The performances will begin this evening with the Dmitry Baevsky Quartet at the Hotel Phenicia at 8:30 p.m. Admission to this event is free, but tickets must be reserved.

All the necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of customers, actors and the team are taken. Masks must be worn throughout the show and social distancing must be observed at all times. The temperature will be taken at the entrance and disinfection stations will be available.

For more information and tickets for the different shows, log on to www.festivals.mt/mjf.

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