Turkey's Istanbul International Jazz Festival has landed a pair of firsts - Paul Simon will make his first appearance in the country when he closes the event next month (Jul11) and Herbie Hancock will debut his Tribute To Miles show.
The three-week event, which kicks off on Thursday (30Jun11), will feature Hancock's world premiere homage to jazz legend Miles Davis on the 20th anniversary of his death.
Jazz stars Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller and Sean Jones will join the pianist onstage for the show on 7 July (11), launching a nine-date European tour.
Other highlights of the festival include Natalie Cole, Randy Crawford and Simon, who performed at the Glastonbury festival in England at the weekend (25-26Jun11).