Jazz lovers are excited over the announcement that the 21st annual Dominican Republic Jazz Festival will be held this year in several Dominican cities, aside from the capital city of Santo Domingo.
The festival will run from October 29 to November 5 and jazz lovers from Santiago – the country’s second largest city – and Sosua, Cabarete and Puerto Plata (on the country’s north coast) will have a chance to enjoy top jazz artists from various nations.
The Festival is organized by the Music Education Foundation of the Jazz Festival of the Dominican Republic (FEDUJAZZ), and co-sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism.
Jazz Festival Program:
The Santo Domingo concert will be dedicated to France, and will feature the Paris Conservatory with Riccardo del Fra as the featured artist.
In Santiago, the country’s second largest city, the concert will be dedicated to Argentina, featuring “El Eco,” a well-known Argentinian jazz ensemble. The Dominican counterparts will be jazz artists Edmar Colon & Jonathan Suazo.
Israel will host the concert in Sosua, on the country’s north coast. On November 2, the Roni Eytan Quartet and Anat Cohen, from the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors Program, will represent both nations.
In Puerto Plata, the north coast’s most important city, Brazil will be honored with the Brazilian “Trio de Paz” ensemble. From the Dominican Republic, guest artist will be maestro Guy Frometa.
On Saturday, November 4, in the north coast Oceanside village of Cabarete – the windsurf capital of the Caribbean – the concert will be dedicated to the United States.
The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, Sean Jones and Brian Lynch will perform the best of the U.S. jazz tradition.
To close the Festival, on November 5 in Cabarete, the concert will be dedicated to Puerto Rico, Italy and the Dominican Republic. Performers will include Wiliam Cepeda and Marco Pignataro from the “Almas Antiguas Quartet” (Italy and Puerto Rico).