Ta' Liesse Day 1
Malta Jazz Festival 2023
Paul Giordimania Trio - SFERA
A captivating musical tribute to the late percussionist and jazz festival founder Charles Gatt with the esteemed pianist and composer Paul Giordimaina Trio, SFERA. This remarkable event pays homage to Gatt's invaluable contribution to the jazz community and celebrates the legacy of one of Malta's most influential figures. The highly anticipated debut of jazz trio SFERA will showcase tunes from their forthcoming album, featuring renowned saxophonist Carlo Muscat and jazz vocalist Nadine Axisa as special guests.
Immanuel Wilkins Quartet
The music of saxophonist and composer Immanuel Wilkins is filled with empathy and conviction, bonding arcs of melody and lamentation to pluming gestures of space and breath. Listeners were introduced to this riveting sound with his acclaimed debut album Omega, which was named the #1 Jazz Album of 2020 by The New York Times. The album also introduced his remarkable quartet with Micah Thomas on piano, Daryl Johns on bass, and Kweku Sumbry on drums, a tight-knit unit that Wilkins features once again on his stunning sophomore album The 7th Hand.
23-year-old Samara Joy's velvety voice has earned her comparisons to jazz legends Sarah, Ella, and Billie. Her album, Linger Awhile, won two GRAMMYs in 2023, for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best New Artist. She has performed on popular shows such as TODAY, The Tonight Show, and The Late Show and gained millions of likes on TikTok. Praised by The New York Times for her youthful take on jazz and hailed by NPR as a classic singer from a new generation.