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Second Jaffa Jazz Festival to Reunite International, Israeli Musicians

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A poster for the 2016 Jaffa Jazz Festival. Photo:

A poster for the 2016 Jaffa Jazz Festival. Photo:

For the second time, Israel will host the Jaffa Jazz Festival, according to

The festival will unite 43 Israeli musicians and eight international artists for a three-day event. The program will include a special performance by an ensemble of top jazz students studying at Belgium’s Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, the Belgrade Music Academy in Serbia, Israel’s Rimon School of Music and the jazz program of the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv.

There will also be a jazz show for children led by Israeli saxophonist and actor Arik Livnat, accompanied by some of the foreign artists, and a special spontaneous duets show that will include all of the festival’s musicians.

More than 1,800 people attended last year’s hugely successful inaugural festival, which took place in October at the Mendel Cultural Center in Jaffa. Eight international jazz artists, all of whom are leading figures in their home countries, joined 37 Israeli musicians, according to Last year’s festival was spearheaded by musician Amikam Kimelman, who served for 24 years as the director of the Rimon School of Music in Ramat Hasharon. The visiting musicians arrived in Israel through the sponsorship of their national embassies, culture institutes in Israel, and Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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According to, the artists expected from abroad are: American drummer Adam Nussbaum, Spanish singer Carme Canela, Austrian trumpeter Stjepko Gut, Irish guitarist Mike Nielsen, Romanian pianist Ion Baciu, Hungarian trombonist Stalky Bela, Italian saxophonist Rino Cirinna and French bassist Jean Marc Jafet.

Along with the Israeli musicians, these artists will perform tributes to iconic jazz composers. Performances are expected to include salutes to Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hughie Carmichael, Jaco Pastorius and Joe Zawinul.

The Jaffa Jazz Festival will be held from September 15 to 17.

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