This week sees the welcome return of JAZZMADRID, the capital’s premier jazz festival.
Madrid will be grooving away to “an unbridled celebration of all things jazz” from 2nd to 27th November.
The festival will see a range of top-class musicians performing at various venues across the city which will also see a return of international artists, after the previous two pandemic-hit years in which the line-ups consisted mainly of Spanish artists.
The official programme concerts will be held in three cultural centres: Fernán Gómez, Centro Cultural de la Villa, CentroCentro and Condeduque Centre of Contemporary Culture. In addition, there will concerts hosted by other venues such as the National Auditorium, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Instituto Italiano di Cultura and the Institut Français de Madrid.
The festival will also be joining forces with various other series of concerts to give locals and visitors to the city even more time to enjoy the finest jazz, with events from mid October to the end of December: Villanos de Jazz, Festival de Jazz Ciudad Lineal, 21 Distritos and La Noche en Vivo.
The festival’s artistic director Luis Martín, said this year “ boasts the greatest line up in the festival’s recent history”, which includes well-known experimental jazz musicians of the likes of Aki Takase, Matana Roberts, Ingrid Laubrock, and cellist Erik Friedlander.
Afro-Cuban and Latin beats and rhythms will be brought to us by Alain Pérez, Carlos Sarduy, Ariel Bringuez, Alfredo Rodriguez (who will be playing the piano alongside Richard Bona), and Michel Camilo, playing for the first time ever with Tomatito.
The festival will also be commemorating three outstanding musicians who left us far too soon: David Bowie, George Russell, and Bob Sands. The Bowie tribute concert will kick off the official programme on 2 November at Condeduque. It will be led by trumpet player Paolo Fresu
Featuring pianists Ethan Iverson and David Virelles and directed by Pedro Guedes’ A Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos, the homage to George Russell will take us back to 1961 and his iconic album Jazz in the Space Age.
Bob Sands, a key figure in Madrid’s jazz scene for many years, who sadly passed away in 2021, will be remembered by his Big Band who will be joined on stage by the great Quique Gómez.