Tuesday 16 July
Marco Mezquida is a young pianist who has entranced audiences and critics, jazz and classical music lovers, alike. Acclaimed on the international stage for his creativity and genius for improvisation, the Menorca-born talent is one of the most prominent musicians of his generation. Mezquida will give a solo piano concert, where everything goes.
Tuesday 16 de July
GOLDEN GATE QUARTET
The most legendary and prestigious gospel group, founded in the 1930s, and in a process of constant evolution. All the voices that have passed through this group have managed to maintain its consistency, quality and reputation over more than eight decades of history. Accompanied by a trio, their way of interpreting Negro Spirituals is the ideal excuse to listen to their powerful voices.
Wednesday 17 July
This female saxophonist and composer is one of the representatives of London’s jazz revival. The British capital has witnessed an explosion of talent, led by Nubya Garcia along with names such as Yussef Kamaal, Shabaka Hutchings or Yazz Ahmed. She is one of the promising talents exploring contemporary jazz with hints of electronic music.
Wednesday 17 July
M.A.P. + Vitoria-Gasteiz Municipal Band
The Jazz Festival offers this project that brings together one of the most interesting groups in the jazz scene and the Municipal Band of Vitoria-Gasteiz. The trio, formed by Marco Mezquida (piano) from Menorca, Ernesto Aurignac (sax) from Malaga and Ramón Prats (drums) from Girona, masters a language that covers the most diverse musical styles, combining composition and improvisation. Thus, the challenge lies in orchestrating their creativity in scores that will travel from the symphonic to Big Band, from the orchestral ensemble to the popular band.
DANILO PÉREZ, AVISHAI COHEN, LARRY GRENADIER, CHRIS POTTER, JONATHAN BLAKE
Pianist, Danilo Perez, one of the most influential musicians today, award-winning saxophonist, Chris Potter, and trumpeter, Avishai Cohen, came together in 2017 on the Jazz 100 tour to commemorate the centenaries of Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and Thelonious Monk. The chemistry between them was very rewarding both for the musicians and for the fans, so they have decided to get back together, with new compositions for this project, this time accompanied by the bass of Larry Grenadier and the drums of Jonathan Blake. A star-studded line-up that reflects the great vitality of today’s jazz scene.
Thursday 18 de July
MARTA SÁNCHEZ QUINTET
This Spanish pianist lives in New York, where she has made a name for herself, in what is one of the most competitive circuits in the jazz world. She is coming to Vitoria-Gasteiz with her quintet of American musicians, with whom she has a great connection that she transmits to the public. Playing her own repertoire, Marta Sánchez has managed to explore the depths of jazz in her role as performer, composer and director.
Thursday 18 July
REGINA CARTER QUARTET
Regina Carter is a virtuoso violinist and orchestra director who is leaving a real mark in the world of jazz. Her classical training allows her to approach different musical fields with a precise and elegant presence. In her latest album, on the occasion of Ella Fitzgerald's centenary, Carter revealed the influence of the First Lady of Song. She has recorded with Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle, with legendary jazz pianist, Kenny Barron, and also with the trumpeter and director of ‘Jazz at Lincoln Center’, Wynton Marsalis.
With his deep baritone voice, Gregory Porter is a 21st-century crooner, winning two Grammy awards and several nominations. His performances approach perfection, combining jazz, soul, and also the songs of the musician who marked his childhood: Nat King Cole. In Vitoria-Gasteiz he will play songs from the album that was his tribute to Cole, as well as other songs from the Grammy-winning album, "Liquid Spirit", and, perhaps, even give us a taste of his new work, which will be released in the autumn.
Friday 19 de July
IÑIGO RUIZ DE GORDEJUELA. KONEXIOA
The young Basque pianist, a graduate of the Jesús Guridi Conservatory in Vitoria-Gasteiz and the Berklee College of Music in Boston, returns to his adopted city to participate in Konexioa, a project that connects Basque and American musicians. On this occasion, the group, led by Iñigo Ruiz de Gordejuela, will bring both origins together to unite innovation and tradition.
Friday 19 July
Uruguayan musician and singer-songwriter, Jorge Drexler, arrives in Vitoria after having triumphed at the 2018 Latin Grammy Awards with his latest album Salvavidas de Hielo. An Oscar-winner in 2005, Drexler is able to combine musical genres and instrumental sounds to offer experimental melodies and great songs.
OMARA PORTUONDO with ROBERTO FONSECA
The great lady of Cuban jazz returns to Vitoria with extraordinary pianist, Roberto Fonseca, her artistic and musical director on this tour. Omara Portuondo’s charisma, her mastery of tempo in performance, and her melodic intensity have earned her the title, 'the Bride of Feeling'. The Cuban singer, who is 88 years old, will be accompanied by Roberto Fonseca, an artist on the piano, from which he manages to squeeze sounds ranging from funk to jazz, through son and mambo.
Saturday 20 July
AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE & KOKAYI
The evolution of Ambrose Akinmusire proves that those who saw him as the future of jazz were certainly not mistaken. His latest album, Origami Harvest, hailed as one of the best releases of the year by international critics, has been a breakthrough for this trumpeter. Akinmusire combines jazz tradition with elements of hip-hop, funk and soul to make an anti-racist and anti-classist statement. In Vitoria-Gasteiz, he is performing with a string quartet and the rapper Kokayi. A fusion of sounds with the trumpeter as the unifying axis.
Saturday 20 July
The drummer and composer Makaya McCraven represents global jazz culture in a period of rejuvenation of a sound that he himself has called "organic beat music”. Bebop, hip-hop and R&B flow through the compositions of this Paris-born musician raised in Massachusetts, where he studied jazz, and whose musical development took place in Chicago. His latest album, 'Universal Beings', was recorded in four different cities, New York, Los Angeles, London and Chicago, places where jazz is flourishing hand in hand with young and daring proposals.
21st-century jazz has found its big name in American saxophonist, Kamasi Washington. Acclaimed both for his recordings and live shows, Washington has united critics and audiences, lovers of classical jazz and newcomers. His ability to reinvent this music from his deep knowledge of jazz, incorporating sounds - psychedelia, funk, afro beat, soul or hip-hop – to enrich his performances, has attracted diverse audiences who are enthralled by his every show.