Jazz in Granada – 39th. International Jazz Festival 2018

International Jazz in Granada

November is just round the corner and with it another edition of the Granada International Jazz Festival. Another year proving that this festival is a reference among European jazz festivals. Since the first edition in 1980 all the different styles of jazz have been performed at different venues in Granada and its province. Performances by a star studded cast of international and Spanish artists.

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This 39th. edition will be no exception. The central programme starts on 2nd. November with Melissa Aldana ending on 10th. November with Stacey Kent. The seven concerts take place at the Isabel La Catolica Theatre in Granada. The other five artists are the James Carter Organ Trio on 3rd. November, on 4th. November Eliane Elias and Marc Johnson perform together, followed on 7th. November by Bill Evans & Randy Brecker with Simon Phillips.

On 8th. November, Joe Barbieri offers his “Origami” in concert number five and number six, on 9th. November features Stanley Clarke.

Which concert would you choose? It’s not an easy choice, I must say.

 

But this isn’t everything, Jazz in Paralell continues all during the festival, until the end of November. So there’s a chance for everyone to catch some excellent jazz music. I would recommend Granada’s Big Band, the Ool-Ya-Koo Big Band who’ll be playing at the Caja Granada Theatre on 30th. November. As is now usual for this band in festival time, they’ll be playing the winning compositions of the V Competition of Compositions and Arrangements for Big Band by Spanish Composers. The competition is organised by the Ool Ya Koo Jazz Association. We have enjoyed two of these concerts in previous years and can vouch for the high standard of both compositions and arrangements.

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The other events, held in various venues round town and around the province, take us through a repertoire of blues, swing, soul, funk, flamenco jazz etc. I like the sound of a rather different event, “My Way, the Musical – the Life of Frank Sinatra” which is on at the Palacio de Congresos in Granada on 23rd. November. From Granada to Almuñecar, to Monachil and La Zubia and Santa Fe, it’s worth taking a look at what this fringe festival has to offer.

You can get to the Isabel La Catolica Theatre easily from Casa Tagomago. Just over 30 minutes from Restábal on the A44 motorway to Granada. Turn off at Recogidas and park in the Neptuno Car Park, just off the roundabout at the end of the slip road. Stroll along Calle Recogidas up to Puerta Real, turn left onto Acera del Casino, the theatre is a little further down on the left.

Musical notes by Susan at Casa Tagomago