The eminent Singapore jazz festival Sing Jazz 2017 have unveiled the second round of acts set to play the three-day event, and it's a great selection.
Leading the pack is extraordinary jazz bassist/singer Esperanza Spalding, whose latest album Emily's D+Evolution saw her tackling funk, math rock, pop and soul — a brew strengthened by her collaboration with David Bowie's longtime producer, Tony Visconti.
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Another iconic addition to Sing Jazz 2017 is DJ Gilles Peterson, who will perform alongside the Zara McFarlane Band, which will also feature Nubya Garcia and MC Earl Zinger.
R&B legend Brian McKnight will make his return in 2017 to perform with Hitman David Foster & Friends, alongside Sing Jazz regular Chaka Khan, Thirdstory, Dira Sugandi and Nick Zavior.
Aaron James Lee, the celebrated young drummer of The Steve McQueens, will perform with his newly-minted trio, making their Sing Jazz debut this year.
These acts join the initial wave of performers confirmed for Sing Jazz 2017, which include Corrine Bailey Rae, Rudimental, Basement Jaxx and Al McKay's Earth Wind & Fire Experience.
Full festival passes at SG$288 are available through APACtix.
Here's the current schedule for the line-up, by day:
Singapore International Jazz Festival 2017
Friday: Aaron James Lee Trio, Gilles Peterson with the Zara McFarlane Band featuring Nubya Garcia and MC Earl Zinger, Corinne Bailey Rae
Saturday: Raw Earth Blues Tribute, Ray Parker Junior, Esperanza Spalding, Youssou Ndour & Le Super Etoile de Dakar
Sunday: Adam Hall and The Velvet Playboys featuring Alemay Fernandez, Nik West, Raúl Midón Trio, HITMAN David Foster & Friends (Brian McKnight, Chaka Khan, Thirdstory, Dira Sugandi, Nick Zavior)
The Late Show
Friday: Ernesto Enriquez, Al McKay’s Earth, Wind & Fire Experience, Citrus Sun, Basement Jaxx
Saturday: Saxx in the City, Incognito, Citrus Sun, Rudimental DJ Set
Watch the announcement video by Sing Jazz: