Almuñecar celebrates the 25th edition of its annual jazz festival in one of the most emblematic locations for an open air summer concert on the Costa Tropical, the botanic gardens of El Majuelo Park beneath the Arab fortress overlooking the town.
Considered as on of the most important jazz concerts each year in Spain, the event has always attracted some of the best jazz musicians from all over the world. This year is no exception with daily concerts each night at 22.30 running from 14th – 22nd July.
The program consists of a series of concerts requiring tickets, and some free parallel events. More info below…
Price per concert: 15 euros.
Subscription: 75 euros + Cd Gift.
Tuesday 17th July:
PLAYING FOR CHANGE
A group of musicians, Playing For Change, performing “Songs Around The World”, the band is made up of vocalist Clarence Bekker (Netherlands), vocals/harmonica Grandpa Elliott (New Orleans), vocals/percussionist Mermans Mosengo (DRC Congo), guitarist Louis Mhlanga (Harare, Zimbabwe), guitarist Jason Tamba (Kinshasa, the capital of DRC Congo), vocalist Titi Tsira (Gugulethu, African township in the Western Cape), guitarist Renard Poché (New Orleans, LA), and keyboardist Tom Canning (Rochester, NY).
Wednesday 18th July:
LIZZ WRIGHT & RAUL MIDÓN
From gospel singing she made the transition to jazz influenced by artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Gladys Knight and Joan Wasser, and has had rave revues since her Verve debut, Salt, back in 2003. Her latest album “Fellowship” is now on sale.
Thursday 19th July:
JACKY TERRASSON TRIO
Jacques-Laurent Terrasson, born in Germany, made his way up the musical ladder playing the clubs in Chicago and New York, coming to fame in 1993 when he won the Thelonious Monk Piano Competition and went on to lead one of the defining jazz piano trios of that decade. He’s on stage with bassist Ben Williams and mind-reading drummer, Jamire Willams.
Friday 20th July:
NINETY MILES with STEFON HARRIS, NICHOLAS PAYTON and DAVID SANCHEZ
Ninety miles is the distance between the United States and Cuba and is the inspiration of the band, formed by Stefon Harris (vibes), David Sanchez (sax), Nicholas Payton (trumpet), Edward Simon (piano), Ricky Rodriguez (bass), Terreon Gully (drums), Mauricio Herrera (percussion).
Saturday 21st July:
KENNY BARRON TRIO
The younger brother of tenor saxophonist Bill Barron, and is known for his lyrical and flexible style. He rose to fame when he played the piano music in the quartet of Dizzy Gillespie in the sixties. He has worked with hundreds of first-rate musicians like Yusef Lateef, James Moody, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Buddy Rich, Ron Carter, Chet Baker, Benny Carter, Stan Getz, Regina Carter and Ornette Coleman. Co-director of the group Sphere and has led his own groups in performances and recordings.
Sunday 22nd July:
MARÍA ROMERO and The KIKO AGUADO QUINTET.
Bossa Nova Jazz Special from the GRANADA BIG BAND with ANTONIO SERRANO
Kiko Aguado, from Granada, is not only the director of the Granada Big Band, one of the few surviving renowned orchestras in Spain, but also an arranger, composer and guitarist. This concert also presents his latest album, After All We Gave, recorded in English with Mary Romero, black soul singer together with the deep voice and lyrics from Anthony Paul.
are available throughout Spain and online at www.ticketmaster.es.
Teatro Isabel La Católica: Acera del Casino s/n.
Riff Raff: Verónica de la Magdalena, 29.
Carrefour: Ctra. de Armilla, s/n.
Melgamusic: Pedro Antonio de Alarcón, 40
Agencias de Halcón Viajes: Arabial, Avda. Dílar, Dr. Olóriz, Recogidas, Cuesta de Gomerez y Centro Alcampo
Halcón Viajes: Calle Madrid, 1.
Halcón Viajes: Centro Comercial Alcampo y Avda. Andalucía
Halcón Viajes: Plaza San Francisco, 9
Canal Ocio Rambo: Avenida de Nuestro Padre Jesús Cautivo, 23
Halcón Viajes: Juan Gómez Juanito, 11
Halcón Viajes: Las Flores, 1
Fnac. Centro Comercial La Cañada.
Halcón Viajes: Carretera de Ojén s/n y Avda. Ricardo Soriano, 27
Carrefour Rosaleda. C.C. La Rosaleda, s/n
Carrefour Los Patios. C.C. Carrefour, Crt de Cadiz km. 241
Discos Gong Málaga. Avda. de la Aurora, s/n C.C. Larios
Fnac Málaga. C/ Armengual de la Mota 12
Librería Luces. Alameda Principal, 16
Agencias de Halcón Viajes
and for any unsold tickets, one hour before the concerts at the ticket office in El Parque El Majuelo in Almuñecar.
In addition to the above concerts there are also some free events, tickets available from the Almuñecar town hall or the Casa de Cultura, including the projection of one of the best animated jazz films, Chico and Rita, on 14th July at 22.30 at the Palacio de la Najarra, Almuñecar; FUNKDACIÓN on 14th July at 22.30 at the Palacio de la Najarra, Almuñecar, and the GRANADA BLUES BAND on Monday 16th July at 22.30 at the Plaza Nueva, La Herradura.