The second week of the Cartagena Jazz Festival (Costa Cálida R. Murcia) arrives with concerts by Zenet, Chucho Valdés, Kenny Garrett and Chico Pérez. The festival will also host free concerts by Hermes Alcaraz from Cartagena, this Thursday at 21.30 at Mister Witt Café; and the project ‘A ritmo de swing’ formed by The Heartbeat Jazz Band and dancers from the Marta Galindo Dance School. This swing dance party will take place on Sunday at 12.30 p.m. in the Icue Square in Cartagena.
All information and ticket sales for concerts by Zenet (11th Nov), Chucho Valdés (12th Nov), Kenny Garret (13th Nov) and Chico Pérez (13th Nov) at www.jazzcartagena.es. Tickets cost only between 10 and 20 euros.
THE JAZZ STARS
FRIDAY, 11 NOVEMBER (VOICE)
In the last decade Zenet has established himself as one of the most solid values on the independent music scene. He will be performing at the Cartagena Jazz Festival this Friday 11 November at 8:30 pm. His universe of sound is always associated with adjectives such as: originality, quality, elegance and personality. Zenet is one of the most suggestive voices on the Spanish music scene.
SATURDAY, 12TH NOVEMBER (PIANO)
At 8 pm, it will be the turn of Chucho Valdés, the most influential figure in modern Afro-Cuban jazz, at the Nuevo Teatro Circo, In Cartagena. Accompanied by his piano, he will offer a concert in Cartagena in which he will musically review his extraordinary career of more than 60 years, in which many of his compositions are already standards in the jazz universe. The Cuban pianist, composer and arranger has left his mark in every formation he has chosen to express himself and in every musical style in which he has ventured. Considered one of the best pianists in the world. Winner of 7 Grammys and 4 Latin Grammys, his name is already music history.
SUNDAY, 13 NOVEMBER (SAXOPHONE)
The concerts on Sunday, 13 November, will begin with Chico Pérez, the great revelation of flamenco jazz, at 12:30 p.m. on the Terraza de El Batel. Pianist and composer, he has a unique style, whose roots are in flamenco, but in which jazz, blues and classical music can be heard. He has received classes from the maestro David Peña “Dorantes”. At the age of 27, and after the success of his first album ‘Gruserías’, the pianist from Jaén became one of the revelations of music in Spain.
That same Sunday, at 19:00, at the Nuevo Teatro Circo, the saxophonist Kenny Garret. Now undoubtedly the most important saxophonist of his generation, Garret was Miles Davis’ ‘pretty boy’. Since his first concert with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, he has not stopped experimenting, taking risks with his compositions and his concerts. This has led him to take risks with Japanese melodies or to dedicate an entire album to dance. Today’s most influential saxophonist, he has performed and recorded with Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, Brad Mehldau, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin and Herbie Hancock. He is coming to Cartagena to present ‘Sounds from the Ancestors’, the 20th album of his career.