July is the time when Istanbul will be brightened up once again with the legendary names of jazz music.
Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by Garanti Bank, the 21st Istanbul Jazz Festival will be held between July 1-14 and host many acts in different venues in Istanbul, from prominent jazz artists to stars of popular music.
Some highlights from the festival programme are now being revealed. With her unique voice, the receiver of 56 platinum album awards Katie Melua, South African living legend Hugh Masekela and his band, the all-star group led by the percussion master Manu Katché and Richard Bona, Chick Corea-Stanley Clarke duet, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Brad Mehldau, Mark Guiliana and Cécile McLorin Salvant are among the names the festival will be welcoming this year.
The tickets for the first highlights of the festival will be available on 15 March through Biletix sales system and the main ticket office of İKSV.