Valletta 2018 is once again collaborating with Arts Council Malta on Jazz on the Fringe, a project which includes a series of free concerts organised as part of the run up to the Malta Jazz Festival 2016, as well as the fourth edition of the Malta Jazz Camp.

The series of free concerts includes five Valletta Midday Concerts which will be running from 19 to 23 July and will feature local and international talent. These will be held near the Parliament Building at City Gate and will start at 12.30pm. Apart from the day concerts, these is also one free night concert by Rino Cirinnà/Warren Galea Quartet featuring Dean Montanaro and Manuel Pulis, happening at Talbot and Bons, Sky Parks Business Centre, Luqa on Tuesday 19 July at 8.30pm.

The Malta Summer Jazz Camp will provide four masterclasses and workshops by important educators in the international current jazz scene, which vary from American grooves, to singing and improvisations to learning about the jazz language. There will also be a workshop for saxophone players. Applications are closed and the workshops will be held at the Johann Strauss School of Music.

Jazz on the Fringe is organised by Arts Council Malta in collaboration with Valletta 2018 and supported by MIA. The Malta Jazz Festival 2016 is organised by Arts Council Malta and supported by Cyberpass, Malta Tourism Authority, MSV Life and TVM.

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Valletta Midday Concerts

19th July

William Smith/Kyle Drakard/Dean Montanaro – Kyle Drakard (guitar), Dean Montanaro (bass) & William Smith (drums)


20 July

The Johann Strauss School of Music Jazz Combo feat. Sean Borg (trumpet), Christian Debono (vocals), Fabio Imbroll (guitar), Daniel Farrugia (guitar), Daniel Sant (piano), Samwel Grima (bass) & Rafel Grima (drums)


21 July

Sammy Murgo Quartet feat. Sammy Murgo (sax), Harry Eddleston  (piano), Simon Sammut (bass) & Joe Camilleri (drums)


22nd July

South Sound Experience feat. Stjepko Gut (trumpet), Rino Cirinnà (tenor sax), Roberto Occhipinti (bass), Marcello Pellitteri (drums) & Joe Debono (piano)


 23rd July

The Elata Quartet featuring Angie Vella Zarb (vocals), Karl Galea (guitar), Dean Montanaro (bass) & Luke Briffa (drums)


The Fourth Edition of the Malta Jazz Camp

Masterclass 1 – Advanced rhythmic concepts applied to different American grooves.
Teachers: Marcello Pellitteri (USA) and Roberto Occhipinti (Canada)
Dates: 19 July – 5pm, 23 July – 11am
Masterclass 2 – Singing your improvisations
Teacher: Vincent Jacqz (France)
Dates: 20 July – 5pm, 21 July – 5pm
Masterclass 3 – Rhythmical interpretation of a jazz language through the use of right syllables and polyrhythmical approach to the rhythms of jazz

Teacher: Stjepko Gut (Serbia)
Dates: 19 July – 5pm, 22 July – 5pm
Masterclass 4 – For sax players only!

Teacher: Rino Cirinnà (Italy)
Dates: 20 July – 5pm, 22 July – 5pm



Thursday 21st July

City Gate Entrance, Valletta at 8pm

Oliver Degabriele Trio feat. Damien Fleau

Opposite Law Courts, Valletta at 9pm

South Sound Experience feat. Joe Debono

Harold López-Nussa


Friday 22nd July

Ta’ Liesse, Valletta at 8pm

The Fringe Youth Jazz Ensemble

Marcus Roberts Trio

Bill Evans Band feat. Dean Brown, Dennis Chambers & Darryl Jones


Saturday 23rd July

Ta’ Liesse, Valletta at 8pm

Dominic Galea – The UK Connection

Omer Avital

Snarky Puppy



€30 for a single day ticket – seated (VIP)

€50 for a 2 day block ticket – seated (VIP)

€20 for single day ticket – standing (free seating will be available)

€35 for a 2 day block ticket – standing (free seating will be available)


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