July 2009 sees the XXII event and will be held from the 18th to the 25th of this month, starting at 22.30 each evening in the Botanical Park, El Majuelo, as always.
This year the concert pays homage to musicians that have taken part in some of the historic recordings of Jazz. In the opinion of many, in August 1959 the best jazz album of all time was recorded: Kind of Blue. This year is the 50th anniversary of that album and the only surviving musician from that historic recording is Jimmy Cobb. Jimmy’s band, called the So What Band, includes Wallace Roney, Javon Jackson, Vincent Herring, Larry Willis and Buster Williams, will be the opening act of the jazz festival on the 18th.
Another jazz double-bass veteran is Ron Carter, who was part of the Miles Davis quintet, and played on such significant recordings as In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew. Ron Carter will be playing on the 24th.
Stefano Di Battista, who is one of Italy’s most famous jazzmen and is prominent on an international level, being at the top of the sales lists for jazz, will be playing on Thursday the 23rd.
With over 30 albums under his belt, John Scofield is considered one of the best guitarists in the world. He has recorded with other top jazzmen such as Pat Metheny, The Brecker Brothers, Charlie Haden, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, and Dave Holland. John Scofield will be playing in Almuñécar with his new project line up, The Piety Street Band on Wednesday the 22nd.
And of course, Jazz en la Costa, like all previous years, counts on a homegrown band: Hardbop World, fronted by Vince Benedetti. This Granada band will be presenting their new album, Granada Calling on Monday the 20th. Benedetti has a career that spans 40 years and has worked with such names as Dizzy Gillespie, Diana Krall, Stan Getz, Slide Hampton, Chet Baker, Archie Shepp, Dexter Gordon and Johnny Griffin, and many others.
Roy Haynes belongs to one of the most emblematic trios, open to jams mixing bop, latin, swing and groove. His 2009 tour will see him playing in the top European jazz festivals and here he is this summer with us in the Almuñécar jazz festival, playing on Saturday the 25th – not to be missed!
On the 19th and 21st there will be a chance to see promising names for the future with Lionel Loueke and Esperanza Spalding, respectively. Lionel has worked with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terrance Blanchard. Esperanza Spalding, despite her 23 years of age has played with Patti Austin, Joe Lovano and Pat Metheny, and in only three months has played twice in front of President Obama in the Whitehouse.
So, just with the above names, you have something to get your teeth into, but there is more. Right in the middle of Almuñécar in the town-hall square there will be free concerts at 12.30 (which I imagine is midnight, but check out midday, just in case) each day on the 18th, 23rd and 24th offering local talent as well as musicians from abroad: Cubop y su Latinjazz, Pecos Beck and Titos Poyatos Band
Saturday 18th: Kind off Blue At 50 – Jimmy Cobb’s So What Band
Sunday 19th:Lionel Loueke Trio
Monday 20th: Vince Benedetti & Hardbop World
Tuesday 21st: Esperanza Spalding
Wednesday 22nd: John Scofields’ Piety Street Band
Thursday 23rd: Stefano Di Battista Quartet
Friday 24th: Ron Carter Quintet Jazz & Bossa
Saturday 25th: Roy Haynes Trio with Danilo Pérez and John Patitucci
Entrance: 13 euros or 75 euros for a full festival pass, which includes a free CD. Tickets are on sale at Radiovision both in Almuñécar and Motril. They are also on sale via Internet at www.ticketmaster.es