The BNP Paribas Bahrain Jazz Fest 2021 is back, in person, and with a new venue.
The event, produced by Clockwork, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year and is the first in-person, Covid compliant festival since 2019. It will be hosted at Solymar Beach – making it the Kingdom’s very first beach jazz festival.
Five bands from Bahrain and an international headliner, in the form of the all-star Jazz House Collective from the USA, will be performing seven hours of non-stop Jazz at Solymar Beach on December 3, from 3.30pm onwards.
The local performing bands include The Relocators, Jack Rabbit Slims, Hotboxgroove, Jazz X Machina and a very special ‘Tribute to the Divas’ by Banah. The event will be headlined by American all-star jazz group, the Jazz House Collective, performing for the very first time in Bahrain. All of this coupled with Solymar’s signature food, beverages, and ambience, will provide a fresh flavour to the 2021 festival.
Jazz House Collective
The Jazz House Collective from New York is an ensemble of award-winning jazz stars from the renowned American institution Jazz House Kids, USA. Led by prolific vocalist Melissa Walker, this is the headliner performance for this year’s festival.
Banah, one of the most promising female vocalists from Bahrain, will present a special show, ‘A Tribute to the Divas’, paying homage to some of the iconic women of jazz. Sharing the stage with her will be some of the island’s top jazz musicians such as Khalid Alshamlan, Ahmed AQ AlQasim, Mohammed Rashid and Mohammed Salem.
Bahrain’s latest funk-fusion sensation, HotBoxGroove features some stellar musicians. Having performed at the 2020 Bahrain Jazz Fest’s live-streamed event, the eight-piece band will showcase their brand of fun and blues music in addition to playing their original score.
Edgy guitar driven tempos, infectious energy, sing-along melodies and a whole lot of bluesy rock fun, will all be packaged into one show by Bahrain’s homegrown band – The Relocators. The popular trio has earlier featured at the 2018 and 2019 festival editions.
Jack Rabbit Slims
Dynamic funk-infused rhythms and refined neo-funk driven grooves will be presented by Bahrain’s very own Jack Rabbit Slims, a regular feature at Bahrain Jazz Fest. Their set this year will unveil some original releases in addition to their signature groovy funk rhythms.
Jazz x Machina
Jazz X Machina is a homegrown Bahrain Jazz Fest cross over project like nothing seen before in Bahrain. Featuring acclaimed Bahraini electronic producer Ahmed Zainal, vocalist Tiny, trumpeter Szabi Nigo, saxophonist Scott Rogal and guitarist Iba Mohsen, their performance will be interpretations of Jazz and Blues blended on an electronic musical landscape in a fusion of aural splendor.
The BNP Paribas Bahrain Jazz Fest has also traditionally played a pivotal role in nurturing and cultivating young musicians from within the community and providing them with opportunities to engage with the international music fraternity. This year the festival will be conducting two youth engagement programmes with the American School of Bahrain and St Christopher’s School respectively. On December 1, multiple interactive workshops for the students at the American School of Bahrain will be conducted by the musicians of Jazz House Collective. Following which, on December 2, an inspirational talk for the students at the St Christopher’s Senior School has been organised, which will also be conducted by Jazz House Collective. This year’s festival will also feature an art auction of artist Hussain Al Noaimi’s ‘Sound of Colour’ art series. This collection captures those raw emotions, which a musical legend experiences while entranced in his passion. Hussain has chosen the time-honored medium of reclaimed wood, that is washed up on the shores of various beaches around Bahrain, instead of regular canvas, as his preferred medium for this collection. The natural grains of the wood represent the history of the legends depicted. Hussain is a self-taught Bahraini artist who has collaborated with the Bahrain Art Gallery and is a member of the Contemporary Art Society.
The official closing event for the Bahrain Jazz Fest 2021 will be held at the Viola in Adliya’s Block 338. This is an open event which is not ticketed, and guests will be accommodated on table reservations only.
Entry to the festival is for 18s and above and a limited number of tickets are still available at https://bit.ly/BJF2021tickets ✤
GO: VISIT BAHRAINJAZZFEST.COM FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.