The line up ranges from the smooth acoustic sounds of Oregon and Bobby Hutcherson to the adventurous stylings of Arto Tuncboyaciyan and Don Byron. A special attraction for piano fans, this year's festival presents various musical genres, with McCoy Tyner, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Michel Camilo, Michele Giro and Malta's own Paul Giordimaina. And for vocalists, there's the inspiring young talent of Diane Nalini, and the extraordinary guitar and soulful voice of husband and wife duo Tuck & Patti.
What makes Malta Jazz all the more special is its venue - one of the most spectacular locations of all jazz festivals. The festival is held right by the ancient Grand Harbour, below the floodlit bastions of Malta's baroque capital Valletta. Built by the Knights of St John in the late 16th century, Valletta today is a Unesco World Heritage City. All in all, a perfect location for three sultry evenings under a Mediterranean night sky.