The XVIII annual DR Jazz Festival will be held November 6-9 in the north coast towns of Puerto Plata, Sosua and Cabarete.
World-class national and international jazz artists have confirmed their participation in the north coast’s most important jazz celebration.
The event is organized by the Ministry of Tourism and by the DR Jazz Festival Educational Foundation (FEDUJAZZ).
According to the program The Big Band, from Santo Domingo’s Conservatory, will perform on November 6, as well as Colin Hunter, with Joe Sealy’s Quartet of Canada and Pat Pereyra’s band, from the Dominican Republic, under the musical direction of Rafelito Mirabal and Guy Frometa, will perform with Alex Jacquemin of France as a special guest.
On November 7, at the Casa Marina Beach & Reef Hotel, in the beachfront town of Sosua, the following groups are scheduled to perform: Benny Martinez (Dominican Republic), the Ignacio Berroa Group (Cuba), Giovanni Hidalgo (Puerto Rico), and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (the U.S.) with Joe Lovano as a special guest.
On November 8 the event moves to Cabarete Beach, the windsurfing capital of the Caribbean, featuring the following performers: Edgar Molina (Dominican Republic) and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and Joe Lovano Quartet’s (the U.S.).
That same day, beginning at noon, there will be a jam-session concert featuring young Dominican and American jazz musicians.
Finally, on November 9, also in Cabarete, the Festival will feature: the Ramon Vazquez Trio, with Edmar Colon and Danny Diaz (Puerto Rico). Dominican jazz great “El Prodigio” will be the event’s special guest.
The Dominican group “La Familia Andre” will close the festival with their special blend of Dominican and international rhythms.
The DR Jazz Festival is sponsored by Ron Macorix, Jet Blue, Sea Horse Ranch, Millennium Hotel, Ultravioleta and Casa Linda, among others.