20th Jazz Festival in Sevilla
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The Jazz Festival in Sevilla celebrates 20 years of history, during 2 decades the contest has served to keep alive the flame of Sevilla´s passion for jazz. This historic event, which starts on May 8, will bring many surprises such as the presence of Steve Khun and his trio, the exceptional jazz pianist who collaborated with John Contralne and, in addition to his concert will offer a masterclass at CICUS (at the University of Sevilla). Moreover, you will hear the performance of jazz trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas and his quintet that will play a fascinating mix with contemporary music, and jazz vocalist Judi Jackson performing for the first time in Spain. There will be no lack of jazz in Spanish, thank to the Basque musician Kontxi Lorente and his trio and the Andalusia Big Band directed by Ramón Cardo.
The 20th Jazz Festival in Sevilla will also feature jam sessions at the Perdigones Tower, a film series about jazz, a masterclass for singers by Viktorija Pilatovic and a workshop for children given by the violinist Leslie Jordan in order to continue creating the quarry of jazz lovers. The trio of Steve Kuhn will perform on May 11 at the Alameda Theater and the musician will offer a masterclass for the public to attend his exquisite lessons about his sophisticated sense of swing and the soul that is hidden in jazz.
Jazz trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas will perform with his quintet on May 13 at the Alameda Theater too. The music of the director of the Festival of New Trumpet Music has its roots in contemporary and classical music, rock and folklore such as Jewish klezmer or Balkan music, in addition to electronic Miles Davis of the late sixties and early seventies. The 20th Jazz Festival will also have an exceptional release, Judi Jackson´s concert, which will be held on May 13 and will bring the echoes of Blossom Dearie, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald and Mahalia Jackson, reinterpreted by the artist´s unique voice.
In addition, the 20th Jazz Festival counts with an important novelty that reveals its will to continue being the reference for jazz lovers. It counts with the alliance with Assejazz, a jazz association composed of musicians and their fans, and illustrates the passion for jazz in Sevilla. On May 8 the Big Band of the Conservatory Francisco Guerrero directed by Javier Ortí will open the Festival, at the Tower of the Perdigones. At night the place will become a stage for jam sessions. The Cinema and Jazz series will be held at the CICUS Auditorium with Miles Ahead (on May 9), Born to be Blues (on May 10) and Kelly´s Blues (on May 11).
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