November in Cartagena is synonymous with jazz with the longest festival in the city, organized by the Department of Culture. 2019 celebrates the 39th Cartagena Jazz Festival.
From 1st November to 23rd November, there will be performances by Omara Portuondo, Dorantes, the trio Benavent Di Geraldo y Pardo, Makaya McCraven, Sons of Kemet, Stacey Kent, Melanie de Biasio, Youn Sun Nah and Avishai Cohen.
The Cuban, Omara Portuondo, will be in charge of opening the concerts at the El Batel Auditorium, which will be her last tour on international stages.
On day 2 the double programme of ‘Flamenco Jazz’ will be held with Dorantes and Benavent, Di Geraldo and Pardo, presenting their latest Flamenco album ‘Leaks’.
Friday 8th November – The New Circus Theatre will be the stage for the night dedicated to contemporary ‘Avant-Garde Jazz’ with a double programme with drummer Makaya McCraven and the band of Shabaka Hutchings, Sons of Kemet, who have managed to expand the audience of this genre to a younger audience.
Saturday 16th November – Two of the most important vocal jazzsingers of the genre star such as Stacey Kent and Melanie de Biasio will perform, the first of them characterized by the balance between freshness and conviction, while the second is a true renovator of jazz of the 21st century. She performed for the first time in Spain in 2014 in Cartagena with delicacy, sophistication and subtlety.
The penultimate day of the Cartagena Jazz Festival will bring us closer to South KoreanYoun Sun Nah who will present his latest work, after having been the headliner in prestigious festivals such as Montreaux and San Sebastián.
For the closing ceremony, the festival will receive what is considered the best double bass player in the world, Avishai Cohen, who has performed with musicians such as Bobby McFerrin, Alicia Keys, Roy Hargrove, Herbie Hancock, Kurt Rosenwinkel, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Paco de Lucía. He will arrive in Cartagena in a trio format to present Arvoles (‘trees’ in the ancient Ladino language).
As usual, the ‘Street Jazz’ section will take concerts to the streets the first four Saturdays of November at 1pm with the performances of Coco Carmona & Jazz Misioners, Alma Xintonia, Icuejazz Street Band plus Las Musiquitas de Sauces and finally with the Big Band Santa Cecilia. The ‘Off Jazz’ section will continue with performances by Mood Swing, Santos & Mondejar Jazz and Verónica Aranda.
There are 300 tickets for all concerts for 50€, which can also be purchased in person at the ticket offices or by phone.