The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival is the country’s most important musical event and the North Coast’s most popular cultural activity. It is by far the most awaited event for the lovers of this musical genre.
During the last two decades, Festival organizers have featured such Grammy and Grammy Latino winners as John Patitucci, David Sanchez, Pedrito Martinez Group, Ignacio Berroa, Joe Lovano, Chuck Mangione, Ray Baretto, Nestor Torres, Chucho Valdes, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez and Alturo Sandoval, among others.
This November the Jazz Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary and, this year, women jazz musicians will be one of the Festival’s most important highlights.
The Festival will also sponsor its traditional jazz workshops for young musicians.
For the first time in its history the Festival will dedicate a day to the capital city of Santo Domingo, and will also host performances in the central city of Santiago, in Puerto Plata on the North Coast, and two nights in the oceanside resort of Cabarete – the windsurf capital of the Caribbean – where the Festival began two decades ago.
The twentieth anniversary of the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival 2016 will be held between November 8-12 in various venues throughout the country, such as: the Leon Cultural Center in Santiago, Puerto Plata, and in the world-famous Cabarete Beach, where the festival began.
The jazz festival is organized by the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival Educational Foundation (FEDUJAZZ), and is sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism.
On November 8 the Festival will bring its internationally famous jazz performers to Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone; on November 9, the Festival opens in Santiago, at the Leon Cultural Center, on November 10 in Puerto Plata, and on November 11-12 in Cabarete Beach, where it all began.
The festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary by honoring top women jazz musicians.
The goal is to help promote gender equality and the elimination of violence against women.
Workshops for Youth
The most unique and interesting part of the festival is its educational component. The program includes workshops with experienced musicians who dedicate their time and effort to share their experiences and offer guidance to young Dominican musicians interested in learning more about jazz.
During the entire festival young musicians from the North Coast will be able to participate in free workshops, lectures and improvised jazz sessions.
Santo Domingo: The Big Band of the National Conservatory of Music in Santo Domingo and Berklee Global Jazz Institute, featuring Joanne Brackeen (United States).
Time: 8:00 p.m.; Spanish Square, Colonial Zone.
Santiago: Lihi Haruvi and Pat Pereyra and his band. Leon Cultural Center.
Puerto Plata: Sabrina Estepan, and the Tia Fuller Quartet.
Playa Cabarete: November 11. Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Terri Lyne Carrington (United States), Enerolisa and Salve Group, and the Esperanza Spalding Trio.
Saturday, November 12. Patricia Zarate Quintet, Quarteto Special with Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ingrid Jensen & Linda Oh, and other Dominican artists.