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The Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival (JJF) is possibly the largest jazz gathering in South East Asia. It is held in early March at the Jakarta International Expo, Kemayoran, attracting about 45,000 visitors. The festival was founded by businessman Peter F. GonthaIt in 2005. The three-day event features over 100 groups and 1,200 artists in 220 shows.
In addition to big international names, JJF features lots of Indonesian artists. The country's culture is very diverse, with many jazz musicians experimenting with different directions. Smooth jazz, R&B, fusion jazz, acid jazz, funk, swing, bebop, cool jazz, free jazz, and a lot more genres will be presented on ten outdoor and indoor stages of JFF in Jakarta. There will also be over 45 exhibition booths and about 35 food stalls with delicious snacks.
The lineups of Java Jazz gets better year by year. In the past it featured such stars as James Brown, Goo Goo Dolls, Vanessa Williams, Dionne Warwick, Bernhoft and The Fashion Bruises, BJ the Chicago Kid, Harvey Mason, Incognito, Chris Walker, Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton, Jhene Aiko, Elan Trotman, Daniel Caesar, Kevin Randolph, LAUV, Maya Azucena, Ron King Big Band, Angie Stone, Chiara Civello, Deodato, DJ IZO, DJ Maestro, Eric Benet, The Commodores Experience ft. Thomas McClary, Tony Monaco, and more.