The Malta Jazz Festival in collaboration with the Valletta 2018 - European Capital of Culture is proud to present a series of mid-day concerts in Valletta running from the 19th to the 23rd July as part of the Jazz on the Fringe, featuring local and international talent. This initiative will particularly highlight Malta's young and dynamic jazz scene. The concerts will start at 12.30 and they will be held in Republic Street in the shade of the Parliament Building.

19th July

William Smith/Kyle Drakard/Dean Montanaro

Kyle Drakard - guitar
Dean Montanaro - bass
William Smith - drums

A new trio consisting of William Smith on drums, Kyle Drakard on guitar and Dean Montanaro on bass. They will be playing original compositions which are influenced by many genres ranging from the American Jazz Tradition, to more groove based genres such as hip-hop, and to some extent, progressive rock.



20th July

The Johann Strauss School of Music Jazz Comb

Sean Borg - trumpet
Christian Debono - vocals
Fabio Imbroll - guitar
Daniel Farrugia - guitar
Daniel Sant - piano
Samwel Grima - bass
Rafel Grima - drums

The Johann Strauss School of Music Jazz Combo is made up of promising students who are attending the Jazz courses offered. Working under the direction of Joe Debono, the JSSoM Jazz Combo emphasizes on stylistic considerations, the practical application of Jazz harmony and the principles of successful small group interaction by tackling a repertoire consisting mainly of jazz standards from the 1930s-1960s. 


21st July

Sammy Murgo Quartet

Sammy Murgo - sax
Harry Eddleston - piano
Simon Samut - bass
Joe Camilleri - drums



22nd July

South Sound Experience

Stjepko Gut - trumpet
Rino Cirinnà - tenor sax
Joe Debono - piano
Roberto Occhipinti - bass
Marcello Pellitteri - drums

South Sound Experience is a project composed of international musicians performing jazz music from the 1950s. ‘Come back to Sicily’ is the first disco graphic project directed by Stjepko Gut (trumpet/ improvisation), who is one of the best exponents of the period and is very well versed in the idiom of this particular kind of jazz. The rest of the project is made up of Rino Cirinnà, a tenor saxophonist with a powerful sound, who has often been a guest at the Jazz Festival in Malta; drummer Marcello Pellitteri, who resides in New York, teaches at Berklee College in Boston and plays regularly with the New York Voices; and double-bassist Roberto Occhipinti, a Canadian of Italian origin, who has won several Canadian Grammy awards and is considered as one of the most important Canadian musicians. They will be joined by local pianist Joe Debono.



23rd July

The Elata Quartet

Angie Vella Zarb - vocals
Karl Galea - guitar
Dean Montanaro - bass
Luke Briffa - drums

The Elata Quartet formed in early 2016, with Angie Vella Zarb on vocals, Karl Galea on electric guitar, Dean Montanaro on bass, and Luke Briffa on the drums. The quartet plays a blend of traditional and contemporary jazz tunes, drawing from diverse influences and mixed musical backgrounds individually.