Malta Jazz Festival: an enduring tradition

Charles ‘is-City’ Gatt, veteran jazz drummer and founder of the Malta Jazz Festival speaks about the Malta Jazz Festival ahead of its 23rd edition next week.

To say that Charles 'is-City' Gatt has been a fixture of the local jazz scene would be something of an understatement, largely because he's also responsible for creating one of the cornerstones of Maltese musical culture: the Malta Jazz Festival, which he founded in 1990.

Though veteran jazz drummer (also a painter) no longer helms the festival - the role of artistic director having ceded to fellow musician Sandro Zerafa in 2009 - he will be performing during this year's edition - ushering in its 23rd edition on 18 July with renowned international performers Gerald Clayton Trio, Logan Richardson and Robert Glasper Experiment.

Read the full interview in today's edition of MaltaToday on Sunday