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The Mavericks, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Maceo Parker, Kurt Elling and Vonda Shepard lead the program of the XXI edition of the San Javier Jazz Festival (10/04/2018)

The Festival that will be held from June 30 to July 28, includes 12 nights of concerts in the Almansa Park and four free concerts in open spaces

The mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo, the councilman of Culture, David Martínez, the director of the Institute for Cultural Industries and Arts, of the Region of Murcia, Marta López-Briones and the director of the International Jazz Festival of San Javier 2018, Alberto Nieto presented this morning at the Centro Párraga, Murcia, the concert program that includes names like The Mavericks, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea Akoustic Band, Maceo Parker, Kurt Elling, Kyle Eastwood, Vonda Shepard, Luis Salinas , Joao Bosco or Kenny Garret, among other great artists.

Festival director Alberto Nieto unveiled the program, which will start on June 30 with bassist Pepe Bao accompanied by his own group with which he will offer a fusion concert of jazz, flamenco and rock, followed by the American singer Vonda Shepard, who recorded an album with the concert that he offered years ago in the disappeared festival "Músicas del Alma", in San Javier, and which premieres at the Festival with a repertoire of jazz, R & B, rock and traditional American music in which there will be a memory to the series Ally MacBeal, in which he played music to the feelings of the protagonist.

Pat Metheny, one of the most admired jazz guitarists in the world, returns to San Javier with a new group and a twist to an unmistakable style reflected in his latest album "The Unity Sessions" on July 6.

French accordionist Ludovic Beier leads a production of the Jazz Festival of San Javier, with his Montmartre Quartet and violinist Pierre Blanchard as guest artist, on July 7, followed by the Bilbao band Travellin 'Brothers Little Band, one of the bands of the most respected and admired blues in Europe with her latest album recorded in Nashville "13th Avenue South", and three international artists as guests.

One of the most anticipated concerts at Jazz San Javier 2018, will arrive on July 12 with the North Americans The Mavericks, one of the most significant bands of "Americana" music, whose eclectic style is nourished by influences from the country, Tex-Mex, and rockabilly among others.

On Friday July 13 will perform at Jazz San Javier, 10 years later, the saxophonist and funk icon, Maceo Parker at the head of his own group, considered "the most perfect funk band in the world."

The previous concert of that night will be played by Keyon Harrold, considered by Wynton Marsalis as "the future of the trumpet", in the formation of a quintet.

Brazilian singer, songwriter and guitarist Joao Bosco debuts at Jazz San Javier in which the sounds of Brazil are never absent, on the night of July 14, followed by tall saxophonist Kenny Garrett, heir to the great Charlie Parker.

Vocalist Sara McKenzie returns to Jazz San Javier on July 20, presenting her new album "Paris in the Rain" on July 20 followed by the London band Nine Bellow Zero Big Band, an exponent of British blues-rock.

The Spanish presence includes two of the most admired musicians in our country, the pianist Ignasi Terraza and the harmonicist Antonio Serrano, who will perform accompanied by double bass and drums on July 21, in a night that will end at the rhythm of blues with the singer and New Orleans guitarist, Walter "Wolfman" Washington.

The male vocal jazz will feature one of the greatest American jazz singers, Kurt Elling, baritone of impressive technique, who will perform on July 22 in Quinteto formation with an exceptional guest, Marquis Hill, one of the most prestigious trumpeters of jazz of the moment in the United States, where he has won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, the most important jazz musicians competition in the world.

Kyle Eastwood, the bass player and composer, son of Clint Eastwood, premieres at Jazz San Javier where he will perform on July 25 with his quintet.

Admired jazz bassist, Kyle Eastwood also stands out as a composer with works as prominent as the soundtracks of his father's films such as "Million Dollar Baby" or "Gran Torino", among others.

The night will end with the electrifying funk-soul of the Big Sam's Funky Nation, with a captivating mix of funk, rock, hip-hop, jazz and R & B.

Argentine guitarist Luis Salinas, an old acquaintance of Jazz San Javier, will star on the night of July 27 with a double concert that will begin with his son Juan Salinas performing a traditional Argentine duo and ending with his quintet performing his own compositions.

The Jazz Festival of San Javier 2018 will be dismissed on June 30 with the presence of Chick Corea Akoustic Band, an acoustic trio formed by the great legend of the piano along with the prestigious double bassist John Patitucci and the spectacular drummer Dave Weckl, meeting that has been considered as the "musical event of summer".

The female vocal jazz with René Marie and the piano of Bruce Barth will put the last notes that same night at the Jazz Festival of San Javier 2018.

Together with the Almansa park auditorium program, the San Javier Jazz Festival will continue to take to the streets with four free concerts.

The Spanish Domisol Sisters & Sedajazz Swing Brothers, will take the vocal jazz of the 30s and 40s to the Plaza de España in San Javier on 4 July.

Mike Sánchez, a British rhythm and blues musician with Spanish roots, will perform on July 18 at the Barnuevo esplanade in Santiago de la Ribera, where the Bluesfalos will arrive on July 24.

La Manga del Mar Menor will host the concert of the Caribbean singer Tricia Evy, heiress of the great jazz vocalists, with a quartet of Spanish musicians and Roland Baker as guest artist on July 26.

The director of the Festival Alberto Nieto advanced that the prices of the installments and tickets, which will go on sale in two weeks, will remain affordable, as usual, with an average price per ticket of 15 euros.

The Mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo, highlighted the quality of the program presented today as well as the direct management modality that characterizes a festival "that we are proud of because it puts San Javier on the map, projecting with a quality mark not only San Javier but to the Region of Murcia ".

The councilor of Culture David Martinez referred to the Festival as "one of the cultural gems of our town that together with the Festival of Theater, Music and Dance, which relieves it in August, make San Javier the capital of the performing arts of the Levante during the summer ", and announced a painting exhibition dedicated to jazz coinciding with the Festival.

The general director of the Institute for Cultural Industries and Arts of the Region of Murcia, Marta López Briones, reiterated the support of the Autonomous Community of Murcia to the Jazz Festival of San Javier and announced a cycle at the Regional Film Library dedicated to Clint Eastwood that will focus on the films whose soundtrack has been composed by his son, the musician Kyle Eastwood, invited in this edition, as a complementary activity to the Festival.

Source: Ayuntamiento de San Javier

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