Jazz Otoño (Autumn Jazz) starts today in Almuñécar with the Portuguese pianist and composer Júlio Resende in the Casa de La Cultura.
The festival runs for three days; Today, Sunday and Monday is being held in the Teatro Martín Recuerda (Casa de la Cultura).
The performers are the Portuguese Pianist, Júlio Resende (today), the French Trumpet player, Raynald Colom (Sunday) and the American Saxophonist, Jean Toussaint (Monday).
Júlio Resende (born in Olhão, 1982) is a Portuguese pianist and composer. He is a pioneer of a unique and new genre called Fado-Jazz. His improvisation techniques are transversal to his aesthetics, and articulate different musical genres, from Jazz, Fado, Classical Music and even Electronic Music.
He has also worked as a soundtrack composer for the Netflix film Elisa y Marcela, directed by Isabel Coixet and for the HBO series Foodie Love from the same director.
Raynald Colom, who was Born in Vincennes (France) in 1978, is nowadays considered one of the best trumpet players in European jazz. He started his trumpet studies at the age of 8 with the soloist of the Orchestre de Paris André Spelitch. In his following formative years, he was lucky enough to take private lessons with Roy Hargrove, Clark Terry and Wynton Marsalis. He received a scholarship from Berklee College of Music (Boston) and perfected his skills in New York.
Despite his youth, Colom collaborated with big names in jazz, pop and flamenco such as Greg Osby (Banned in London, Whirlwind Records), Nicholas Payton, David Sánchez, Eric Reed, Mulgrew Miller, Al Foster, El Piraña, Chano Domínguez or Jesse Davis to name a few.
Jean Toussaint was born on the US Virgin Islands and attended Berklee College of Music in the late 1970s, studying under Bill Pierce (saxophonist). In 1979 he formed a group with Wallace Roney and from 1982 to 1986 was a member of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers alongside Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Mulgrew Miller and Lonnie Plaxico. One of his albums, New York Scene, won a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance.
In 1987, he moved to London. In the late 1980s Toussaint had a regular slot at the fabled Dingwalls club in Camden Town on Sunday afternoons. Since then, Toussaint has maintained a profile as a band leader in the UK and Europe, playing with British musicians including, among others, Steve Williamson, Courtney Pine, Julian Joseph, Jason Rebello, Cleveland Watkiss.
You can obtain entrance tickets from this weekend on via Internet or at the Casa de La Cultura up to one hour before the concert. All concerts begin at 21.00h
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