TODAY’S – Hugh Laurie, Chick Corea to headline July’s Istanbul Jazz Festival

Hugh Laurie, Chick Corea to headline July’s Istanbul Jazz FestivalHugh Laurie, the British actor who embarked on a successful music career in 2011, and American jazz fusion pianist and composer Chick Corea are only two of the glittering stars who will perform in Istanbul this summer as part of the city’s annual international jazz festival, which will be marking its 21st anniversary from July 1-16.Best known for his Gregory House character in the TV series “House,” Laurie will make his first-ever concert appearance in Turkey when he takes to the stage with The Copper Bottom Band — with whom he worked on his most recent album, “Didn’t It Rain” — on July 9 at the Cemil Topuzlu Open-air Theater.One day before Laurie, the festival will host Chick Corea, another heavyweight of this year’s lineup, at the Haliç Congress Center. The multiple Grammy-winning Corea, whose last Istanbul Jazz Festival appearance was in 2010, will share the same stage with another living legend, Stanley Clarke, in an acoustic performance of songs from their legendary jazz-fusion project Return to Forever.Over 200 musicians will perform at the 21st festival, organized annually by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV). The program will feature a total of 28 concerts offered in 13 different venues across the city, festival director Pelin Opçin said on Tuesday at an evening news conference in Istanbul.Other major acts announced Tuesday included Katie Melua, who will perform her first-ever Istanbul concert on July 10 at Cemil Topuzlu and a star-studded multicultural quartet featuring France’s Manu Katché on drums, Cameroonian Richard Bona on bass, Belgium’s Eric Legnini on the piano and Italy’s Stefano Di Battista on saxophone, who will be performing on July 7 at SantralIstanbul.Pianist Brad Mehldau and percussionist Mark Guiliana will bring their electronic project Mehliana to Istanbul for the first time when they perform on July 8 at the Haliç Congress Center as part of their ongoing tour for their album “Taming the Dragon.”Versatile Turkish singer-songwriter-author and filmmaker Zulfu Livaneli is also on the bill with the Turkish premiere of his new “Rumi Suite — The Eternal Day,” in which he has set Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi’s verses in English to music, varying in style from classical jazz forms to traditional Turkish tunes. The premiere is scheduled for July 2 at the Sepetçiler KasrI.Tickets for the 21st Istanbul Jazz Festival will go on sale May 9 via Biletix. For the full program, check out caz.iksv.or

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