The Palau de la Música will offer until July 15th, 24 concerts and activities. The contest, which increases in budget, will bring together national and international stars and will bring music to the neighborhoods.
The Palau de la Musica Jazz Festival brings out muscle in its 21st edition, which starts this last Friday. The contest will last almost a month – until July 15th – and has seen its budget increased substantially: 160,000 euros, compared to 60,000 in the previous edition. Stars of the genre such as veteran Archie Shepp, Paquito D’Rivera, Michel Camilo and Tomatito, Bill Evans, Mark Guiliana and James Morrison, as well as Jorge Pardo and an outstanding presence of Valencian jazz, are part of the festival poster, which proposes a program fusion with flamenco, contemporary jazz, swing, mainstream, groove and folklore to appeal to all audiences.
This was announced by those responsible for the event: the president of the Palau de la Música and councilor of Culture of the City of València, Glòria Tello, and the director of the auditorium, Vicent Ros, along with the festival coordinators, Francisco Blanco (Sedajazz) and the Programmer Chevi Martinez (Jimmy Glass Jazz).
The four insisted on the “personality” characteristic of the contest, which “so much success” harvested last year and preferred not to compare it with major referents such as the San Sebastian Jazz Festival.
Tello said that their intention is not so much a “macrofestival” as the event “impregnates” the whole city, hence initiatives such as Jazz in the neighborhoods, which this year also goes to areas outside the capital as the Perellonet. “We have to bring jazz to the people, which comes from different tastes,” added their coordinators.
In total, the XXI Jazz Festival has 14 concerts in the Palau de la Música, one in the gardens, and five in the different neighborhoods, at popular prices ranging from 12 to 30 euros except the headliner -Archie Shepp Quartet – which costs between 28 and 35 euros. The organizers emphasized precisely the 80-year-old American musician that this will be the only concert he gives in Spain and he recalled that he is “a figure with a lot of weight” in jazz and that he has collaborated with greats like Coltrane.
In addition, the festival will offer two own productions: Paquito D’Rivera and Michael Camino & Tomatito Spain forever. D’Rivera opened this last Friday the contest with the Orchestra of València, directed by Vincent Alberola, and with a program that included works by the saxophonist, as well as by Mozart, Artie Shaw and Daniel Freiberg.
The organizers wanted to emphasize that jazz “is reaching people a lot; In the last 10 years there has been a great increase in interest in the genre, “they explained. At the same time, they emphasized the Valencian jazz quarry: “We can be very proud of our musicians”. In the same line and on the presence of Valencian musicians in the program of the festival they emphasized that “it is a necessary bet”.