Dubai Jazz Festival: John Legend, Esperanza Spalding headline

Singers will headline the closing night of the 13 edition of the festival in 2015

Chillout Productions confirmed another headline act for the 13 edition of the Dubai Jazz Festival (2015).

The singer-songwriter, musician, and producer John Legend, who is known for his legendary voice and soulful R&B, will return to perform at the annual festival as part of his Worldwide #ALLOFMETOUR.

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Legend is scheduled to bring his signature mix of jazz, pop, and soul sound on Friday, February 27 at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre.

“He’s an R&B icon and a true pop star. His sound is so recognizable and unique; we had to have him back to the festival after the big success of his single 'All of Me'.

"He is an innovative artist that brings to mind the elegance of soul. Since he was last here in back 2009, the nine-time Grammy award winning recording artist John Legend has really risen in the ranks of stardom. We promise the audience that the night with Legend is every bit the intimate celebration of romance they might dare hope. Legend adds so much to the lineup and we are thrilled to welcome him back to Dubai,” said Anthony Younes, Co-Founder and CEO of Chillout Productions.

As to be expected, this year’s 2014 accolades are no less impressive in John Legend’s music career.

The star has taken nominations for a number of American Music Awards including Artist of the Year & Favorite Male Artist (for both the Pop/Rock distinction and the Soul/R&B genre).

Legend’s chart-topping single 'All of Me' garnered a nomination for Single of the Year and his 'Love In the Future' LP is up for Favorite Album, Soul/R&B.

'Love In The Future' introduces a pop vibe to the sound of R&B that really makes his music distinctive.

In an interview with XXL, he mused, “I think it’s my best album yet, and I think creatively, we did some great things.”

Esperanza Spalding (SUPPLIED)

On top of that, the night begins with another great American musician.

The jazz bassist, cellist, and singer Esperanza Spalding will be opening the night’s festivities.

She has four solo albums, which showcase her gripping voice and original composition.

Her outstanding musical talent won her an invitation to perform at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies, as the laureate invited artist for US President Barack Obama.

However, she is probably most remembered for her coveted win of Grammy Best New Artist in 2011.

To date, Spalding holds four Grammy Awards.

“Needless to say, the distinctive jazz artist Esperanza Spalding is a great addition to our celebrated list of performers at the Jazz festival. The young artist will be fascinating the music lovers with her talent on the night of John Legend’s performance. This year there is more to the festival, as we will be introducing a new jazz event and we will be unveiling the name of an A-List artist by mid-November aiming to surprise our audience with this majorly awaited announcement,” concluded Younes.
Coupled with the announcement of performers James Blunt and Christina Perri, who will be opening the festival on Wednesday February 25, the headlining acts of American artist John Legend and Esperanza Spalding further builds the hype surrounding this year’s festival.

Sure to be a treat like no other, they will no doubt be the most highly anticipated acts of the 13 edition of the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2015 on Friday, February 27 at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre.

Under its new format, the festival maintains its relaxed atmosphere, consisting of an elegant and comfortable set up for all from Front Pit (Dh950) and Golden Circle (Dh750), to Regular Standing (Dh395) and the high end VIP Spirit (Dh1,250), dedicated to sponsors, corporates and VIP individuals.

The F&B village and Arts and Crafts exposition add immensely to this already wonderful ambiance.

Tickets are on sale Now exclusively from Ticketmaster on or 800-TM-UAE.

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