Guitarist Steve Vei, Mike Stern and Bill Evans, The JB’S James Brown Original Band, Joshua Redman and Ellis Marsalis are the highlights of the preview of the program for the 19th Edition of the San Javier International Jazz Festival.


David Martínez, the festival’s director announced the first confirmed performances which will take place from July 1st to July 30th and will include four free concerts, one in La Manga, two in Santiago de la Ribera, and the fourth one in San Javier. The poster for the festival was designed by Ramón Torres of Grafyco based on a photograph taken by Rafa Mellado and dedicated to the drums, which will have a special focus during the festival.

Rock guitarist Steve Vai, is considered one of the 10 best guitarists in the world and has sold more than 15 million albums. He has won three Grammy Awards and has never stopped innovating throughout his long career which began with Frank Zappa’s band. Vai will present a revision of his album Passion and Warfare (1990) which marked a milestone in the history of rock.
Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the death of James Brown, the original band who accompanied him on stage, The JB’s, will present a concert where they will revisit Brown’s repertoire with the impressive soul singer, Martha High, presented by James Brown’s own MC, Danny Ray.

Two of the great jazz fusion musicians, guitarist Mike Stern and saxophonist Bill Evans, will perform in San Javier, accompanied by the spectacular drummer Dennis Chambers and Darry Jones, the official bassist for the Rolling Stones since the departure of Bill Wyman.

Saxophonist Joshua Redman, one of the most acclaimed and charismatic IS jazz musicians of the 90’s will perform in a quartet formation, which will include one of the Spanish drummers with the biggest international following, Jorge Rossy, who for many years played drums for Brad Maldhau’s trio.

Pianist Ellis Marsalis, father of Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason is an institution in his native New Orleans where he has formed several generations of great jazz musicians. Accompanied by his quartet, he will perform for the first time in San Javier, where his son, Wynton Marsalis received the Festival Award in 2009.

The announced preview of the programme includes one the greatest British rock organists of all time, Ken Hensley, one of the founders and coleader of the progressive rock band Uriah Heep. Hensley will be accompanied by a young and vigorous British band, Our Propaganda to revisit many Uriah Heep classics, as well as hits from his solo career.

Young electric bassist Nik West will star in the high voltage night of the festival. A standard bearer for the new generation of bassist, she has performed with artistes like John Mayer, Marcus Miller and Prince; a source of inspiration for this very young and brilliant bassist who flows seamlessly from funk, to rock to soul.

Among the emerging artistes in the San Javier Jazz Festival will be soulman Myles Sanko, one of the great assets of the new British soul. Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye are the primary influences for this young singer with an ascending career.

Also arriving from Great Britain will be The London Community Gospel Choir, considered by many to be the best gospel choir in Europe. Five instrumentalists and nine voices form the gospel choir, which harvests classic American gospel with African and Caribbean influences.

Spanish flamenco-jazz pianist Dorantes presents his new album Paseo a Dos, alongside the French double bassists of Spanish roots, Renaud Garcia Fons, a great specialist of the arco technique. Singer Esperanza Fernandez and flamenco percussionist Javier Ruibal will be guest stars.

The preview of the programme includes another Spanish musician, pianist Ignasi Terraza, will present his own quartet, a project which includes American trumpet player and singer Ronal Baker, currently residing in Paris.

The San Javier Jazz Festival, which will maintain popular prices, is one of the jewels of San Javier’s cultural heritage, said the Councillor of Culture, David Martínez, who thanked sponsors including Estrella de Levante and Fundación la Caixa for their participation.

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