Natalie Williams and Anita Wardell Added to Abu Dhabi Jazz Festival 2008


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Jazz Fans Across the Nation to Witness the Appearance of Two Jazz Divas During Abu Dhabi Jazz Festival 2008!

Versatile, vocally strong, and beautiful are all the makings of the superstar Natalie Williams. Natalie has become an essential fixture on the UK soul and jazz scene. With 3 critically acclaimed albums under her belt, Natalie has drawn comparisons to Jill Scott, Aretha Franklin and Amy Winehouse. Graduating in 2001 from the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama, having been the first person to study both classical and jazz singing on the undergraduate course. Since then Natalie has performed as a solo artist all over the UK at all kinds of venues and international festivals like Montreux & Katmandu jazz festivals. Natalie also won best video at the 2007 Urban Music Awards for her single ‘This Girl’. Natalie is currently working on her new album, due to be released in late 2008. Natalie will perform on the 21st of November 2008, at 9pm.

A singer who has been securing her talent since mid-90s; Anita Wardell has the unique mixture of charm, skills accuracy and sensuality breadth. Jazz vocal legend Mark Murphy says of Wardell: “Her bop singing, always so clear and accurate in its linearism, is even lovelier now, but what hits me is how expressive her ballad singing now is." Wardell shows how far the overworked art of mainstream jazz vocals can still go, with fresh interpretations of Blue Note-era classics such as Moanin' and The Sidewinder, Horace Silver's Lonely Woman, Herbie Hancock's Watermelon Man and a lot more. The recent signing to Specific Jazz (a division of Proper Records) and winning of the prestigious BBC Jazz Award for Best of Jazz 2006 are now propelling Anita into the major artist arena. Noted, her first release for the new label (released in July 2006), is a collection of well known material from the Blue Note era to which Anita has penned many of her own lyrics. It has received much radio play and 4 and 5 star reviews from UK and European jazz publications. In 2008 she released her new album Kinda Blue and is currently touring throughout the UK and worldwide. Anita will perform on the 22nd of November 2008, at 9pm.

“Both original and proficient, their singing skills shine in their well-chosen collection of songs and remarkable presence on stage and their ability to capture the crowd for an extended time", commented Anthony Younes, founder and organizer of the festival.

Tickets are on sale at Virgin Megastores, boxofficeme.com and at Spinneys, Hallmark and Cellucome selected outlets.

For further information please call Chillout Productions on 04 3911196.

About Chillout Productions:

Chillout Productions, founders, and organizers of the Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival, the Abu Dhabi Jazz festival and the Abu Dhabi Latino Fiesta.

The Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival has won the “What’s On” award for “The Best Festival” for two consecutive years 2006 & 2007 and reaped the 2008 Middle East Event Awards as the “Best Public Entertainment Event in the Middle East" during a ceremony hosted by the annual Event 360 in April 2008.

Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival has grown and became an annual entertainment icon in the UAE and the whole region, drawing fans from all across the UAE, GCC and around the world. Attendance in 2006 topped 21,500, and 25,000 in 2007 and more than 28,500 music lovers for the 2008 edition. Each year, the Festival presents more than 120 artists featuring a diverse and international lineup of legendary Grammy award-winning artists and critically acclaimed jazz and contemporary groups.

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