The indelible memory of the concert offered by the great French pianist and composer Michel Legrand in Jazz San Javier in 2017 and the subsequent knowledge of his death, has motivated the tribute that the San Javier Jazz Festival offers to this giant of the European Jazz under the title "San Javier loves Michel Legrand".
To remember this virtuoso of the piano and excellent winning composer of three Oscars and five Grammy, the Festival has turned to the musical direction of his faithful double bass player and friend Pierre Boussaguet and one of the most admired voices in France, the soprano Natalie Dessay, a old acquaintance of Michel Legrand with whom he worked on numerous occasions.
The eternal compositions of Michel Legrand, author of the central themes of films such as "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg", "Yentl", "Summer of the 42 or" The Thomas Crown Case "and songs for stars such as Charles Aznavour, Frank Sinatra or Barbra Streisand, among many others, will sound with other old acquaintances of Michel Legrand as the drummer of his trio, FranÃ§ois Laizeau, his disciple Patrice Peyrieras at the piano, and the violinist Sharman Plesner Natalie Dessay, the most famous French soprano since Régine Crespin, who also highlights in other genres such as musicals and jazz, he recorded an album "Entre elle et lui" (avec Michel Legrand) with the central themes composed by Legrand for the cinema, in 2013. Just two years ago another album was published in which "Between Yesterday and Tomorrow" collaborated again in which Michel Legrand put the music to the texts of Alan and Marily Bergman, for an orchestra of 85 musicians.
The second and final concert of the XXII edition of the festival will feature two tall bluesmen, the spectacular Texas guitarist and singer, Buddy Whitington and the Murcian Santiago Campillo, founding member and former guitarist of M-Clan.
Jazz San Javier brings them together again after their memorable time at the Festival two years ago, in a new production of their own in tribute to the legends of the Texas Blues, such as Freddie King, Albert King, ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan and others.
Lovers of the classics, of the guitar and especially of the blues, Buddy Whitington and Santiago Campillo demonstrated to have an explosive chemistry on the stage, with unique moments of improvisation.
They met personally at Fred's TCU, in Texas, in 2017 and a few months later Whitington was in Spain playing with Campillo with the San Javier Jazz Festival as a stop.
Now they return accompanied by Oneida James (ex-bassist of Joe Cocker) on bass and José Ciudad on drums, and along with the prestigious keyboardist, virtuoso of the Hammond organ, Mauri Sanchís and one of the best harmonists in Spain, Ã‘aco Goñi.
Buddy Whitington, who ended up playing solo guitar for 15 years in the band "The Bluesbreakers" by his admired John Mayall, and Santiago Campillo, who in addition to M-Clan, has been part of bands such as The Rebels, Revolver and has played Artists such as Pepe Bao, Javier Vargas, Raimundo Amador or Enrique Bunbury, among many others, combined their talent in a Masterclass, which this year is held again in a single session on the morning of Saturday July 27 at the Conservatory of Music of San Javier.
Source: Ayuntamiento de San Javier