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Jazz at the Bowl: Chaka Khan + Nile Rodgers & CHIC

— A Celebration of 50 Years In Music

Sidney Myer Music Bowl

With special guests Kaiit, Horns of Leroy and Mz Rizk

Melbourne International Jazz Festival kicks off this year’s festival with a blockbuster celebration of funk, jazz, disco and soul over six epic hours at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl – featuring global music icons Chaka Khan and Nile Rodgers & CHIC.

In her only Australian performance, 2023 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chaka Khan celebrates an extraordinary 50 years in music at this year’s festival. Over her illustrious career, the 10-time GRAMMY winner has redefined soul, jazz, pop and funk – and has remained one of the mightiest and most influential voices in modern music. With iconic hits including “I’m Every Woman,” “Ain’t Nobody,” and “I Feel for You” – this is an opportunity to witness one of music’s true living legends.

Bringing even more Good Times to the lineup is fellow Hall of Fame inductee and multiple GRAMMY-winner, Nile Rodgers. As the co-founder of CHIC, Rodgers pioneered a musical language that generated chart-topping hits like “Le Freak”, the biggest selling single in the history of Atlantic Records, and sparked the advent of hip-hop with “Good Times.” His work in the CHIC Organization including “We Are Family” with Sister Sledge and “I’m Coming Out” with Diana Ross and his productions for artists like David Bowie (“Let’s Dance”) and Madonna (“Like A Virgin”) have sold over 500 million albums and 100 million singles worldwide. His more recent collaborations with Daft Punk (“Get Lucky”) and Beyoncé (“Cuff It”) continue to ensure that every generation has joined him on his funk-fueled musical odyssey.

Since taking home the Best Soul/R&B Award at the 2019 ARIAs, Kaiit has gone on to build a truly global community of fans. The contrast between old soul voice, passion for jazz, and fierce, contemporary rhymes set her apart, with neo-soul queens Jill Scott and Erykah Badu even claiming her as their ‘musical love child from down under’.

Finally, kick back on the lawn and enjoy the insatiable energy of Melbourne’s finest purveyors of New Orleans brass-led jazz and funk, the Horns of Leroy – roaming the crowd in Second Line-style throughout the evening.

Get in quick – this is one for the history books.

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