November is synonymous with jazz in Cartagena. This port city will be celebrating its 37th year hosting one of the longest lived festivals of this kind in the country. The Cartagena Jazz Festival will bring Jazz to the streets of Cartagena from 3rd -25th of November. The Mayor of Cartagena has already announced the programme of entertainment which includes an international line up of notable artistes.
This year’s poster focuses on ‘The strength of the female voice’ in an effort to celebrate and show admiration for artistes of this genre. To this end there will be performances by Luisa Sobral, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Maria Arnali, Marcel Bagés, Eliane Elias, Cyrille Aimée and Concha Buika. The festival also features Jazz legends such as Michael Nyman or Chick Corea, who will perform alongside Steve Gadd and other international names such as Zenet and Roberto Fonseca, Jay Jay Johanson and José James.
Tickets can be purchased at the ticket offices of the two festival venues, El Batel Audiotorium and the Nuevo Teatro Circo, or on the website www.jazzcartagena.es
There will also be a programme of Street Jazz and Off Jazz free to the public. These free concerts can be enjoyed each Saturday at 12.30pm at the Plaza del Icue and on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, in the evening, at various other venues.
The official event will begin on Friday, November 3rd with performances by Luisa Sobral and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Luisa Sobral composed the Eurovision song, Love For Two, for her brother, Salvador Sobral, in 2017. Dee Dee Bridegwater will then take the stage. She is, without a doubt, one of the most energetic and relevant voices of the current jazz scene.
On Friday, November 10th, the historic pianist, Chick Corea and the great drummer Steve Gadd will perform on the Batel stage. Corea is a pianist, composer and band leader; the fourth most nominated artiste in the history of the Grammy Awards with 22 awards in 63 nominations, in addition to Latin Grammys. For his part, Steve Gadd is one of the most influential drummers in the contemporary music scene, considered to be one of the 10 best drummers in the world. In Cartagena these two geniuses will provide a repertoire that will review the joint work of both artistes, accompanied by Lionel Loueke on guitar, Steven Wilson on sax and flutes, Carlitos Del Puerto on bass and Luisito Quintero on percussion.
A day later, on Saturday 11th November, it will be Jay Jay Johanson and Jose James’ turn to entertain. It’s been almost 20 years since Swedish singer/songwriter Jay Jay Johanson made a name for himself and he still has an innate facility for melodies, a caressing voice and compositions full of intoxicating and evocative beats that raise his songs from the subtle to the sublime. He will be presenting his latest album, Looking Glass II, at the Cartagena Jazz Festival. After him, José James will present his latest work, Love in a Time of Madness, which offers urban rhythms mixed with soul.
On November 17th you will be able to see artistes considered to be the most important Spanish Jazz artists at the moment, Maria Arnal and Marcel Bagès. After them, the Brazilian pianist, composer and vocalist, Eliane Elias, will appear on stage at Nuevo Teatro Circo. In March of this year she released her new album, Dance of Time, where she pays homage to Brazilian jazz and samba, a celebration for the centenary of the samba.
Saturday, November 18th brings French Jazz influences to Cartagena in the form of Cyrille Aimée and Concha Buika, who will perform at the Nuevo Teatro Circo.
Michael Nyman returns to Cartagena on Friday 24th November, accompanied by his band and to celebrate his 40 years in music.
The closing night, 25th November, will be hosted by renowned Jazz artistes, Zenet and Roberto Fonseca. The Cuban pianist, Fonseca, is considered one of the best pianists of the moment, and will demonstrate jazz fused with Cuban popular music.
All music lovers will love this festival in Cartagena.