Jazz to take over the CBD

Jazz melodies will fill the streets of the CBD in June with the return of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival running from June 1 to 10. 

A variety of amazing local and international performers will take to a range of CBD stages throughout the course of the festival, including at Federation Square, Paris Cat Jazz Club, Southern Cross Lane, St James and 170 Russell.

Having taken over Southbank’s Arts Precinct last year, one of the festival’s biggest attractions is Jazz Massive – a free giant jazz jam session for musicians young and old – will take place out the front of the State Library on June 3.

One of the performances drawing a great deal of excitement ahead of this year’s festival is Yemen Blues­, which will take place at 170 Russell on Wednesday, June 6.

Described as an intoxicating merge of West African rhythm, Yemeni culture and melodies of jazz and funk, this performance is set to evoke a connection to places many may have never visited.

Led by Jewish Yemenite vocalist Ravid Kahalani, with a soaring three octave range, his mesmerising vocals alongside a superb lineup of talented musicians from New York, Israel and Uruguay make this one of the most engaging and exuberant acts on the world music scene.

For more information or tickets visit melbournejazz.com

Speaking to CBD News ahead of the group’s Australian debut, Ravid said they were “definitely excited” to perform for Australian audiences for the very first time as part of this year’s jazz festival.

Known for its energetic and powerful live performances, Ravid said the group strived to “evolve culture music” and tap into its “soulful points”. The performance will feature a mixture of hypnotic percussion and multilayered sounds created by a variety of instruments from bass and brass to oud and string.

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