Locus is held in the picturesque hilltop Puglia village of Locorotondo usually in the last week of July and first week of August. The festival offers visitors a jam-packed schedule of jazz music events that involve the participation of some of the world’s leading jazz exponents.

I have never been a fan of Jazz music so had little or no expectations when coming to Locus this year. I am pleased to tell you that Locus more than exceeded my expectations. I came for one weekend and had the pleasure of listening to the ridiculously talented Laura Mvula followed by the new king of the jazz, Mr Gregory Porter.

Gregory Porter, Locus Jazz Festival 2014

Porter is a fusion cocktail of jazz and soul and the hair on my back stands up still remembering the performance of his hit song ‘Laura’ finishing off with a rousing soulful rendition of Nat King Cole’s ‘Mona Lisa.’ The bar was definitely raised this year and I am keen to see what Locus has instore for next year. Plus worth remembering, that is free to attend this festival.

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