The big ticket event this month is undoubtedly the 32nd annual Jazz en la Costa jazz festival held in Majuelo Park as part of the Granada Jazz Festival, running Mon 15th to Mon 22nd July.
There is a rundown of the gigs on the festival web page where you can also listen to sound bites of the artists.
Advance ticket purchases highly recommended as this is usually a sell out series (advance tickets are €20 per gig, with discounts for multi night bookings). Ticket agencies locally are Halcón Viajes on the corner near Phone House in Plaza Madrid, 1 and also Viajes Ecuador who are just around the corner at Paseo del Altillo, 2.
Gigs start at 22:30 each evening and there is usually ample seating as well as a bar, etc.
The main events are supported this year on Mon 15th to Sat 20th by Costa Jazz Quartet who will be playing from 00:00 in the park, while over in La Herradura on Sun 14th The Jump Club will be playing at Plaza Nueva from 23:00.
As regards the normal cultural itinerary once again the town hall have failed to get it published by the end of the month so we will hopefully post that within the next few days!
The dates are now confirmed for this years “Jazz en la Costa” series of gigs in and around Majuelo park – Tue 17th to Sun 22nd July. As always, early booking of tickets is absolutely vital as the main events always sell out weeks in advance.
17 July Cecile Mclorin Salvant
18 July Mike Stern & Randy Brecker Band
19 July Fred Hersch Trio
20 July Robin McKelle
21 July Kurt Elling Quintet
22 July Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet & Chano Dominguez
There are usually a series of “fringe” concerts as well in and around the town during this week.
All the concerts are well worth attending, as the setting in the open air in the shadow of the Castillo de San Miguel, next door to the Roman ruins, is truly magical. The concerts normally start at a civilised 22:30 in the evening, so there is time for a meal before taking your seats.
Full details of each act can be found on the official website, along with links to videos and recordings to help you choose who to see. Tickets per gig are priced at €18 advance, or €19.50 on the door – or you can buy a “bono” for all the sessions at €91.50.
The 2017 Jazz En La Costa festival is celebrating it’s 30th year and will be running from Mon 17th to Sat 22nd July as always in Majuelo Park. All concerts are slated to start at 22:30 each night, and you will be pretty hard pushed to find a more spectacular setting next to the Roman garum factory and in the shadow of Castillo de San Miguel. A full run down of the artists can be found on the festival home page, with links to YouTube clips, discographies, etc.
Advance tickets are available from Halcon Viajes and Viajes Ecuador here in Almunecar at €19.50 per gig / €91.50 the festival , or online at ticketmaster.es for €18 per gig / €90 the festival. Or you can take your chances and queue one hour before doors open at the gate for returns.
Main Festival Acts
Mon 17 July: John Pizzarelli, voz y guitarra. Daniel Jobim voz, guitarra y piano. Helio Alves, piano. David Karn, contrabajo. Duduka da Fonseca, batería.
Tue 18 July: Charles Lloyd Quartet, Charles Lloyd, saxo. Gerald Clayton, piano. Reuben Rogers, contrabajo. Eric Harland, batería
Wed 19 July: Roberto Fonseca, piano, teclados y voz. Ramses “Dinamite” Rodríguez, batería. Adel, percusión. Yandy Martínez, bajo. Javier Salva, saxo barítono y flauta. Matthew Simon, trompeta. Jenks Jiménez, saxo tenor. Abrahán Aristilde, vocal.
Thu 20 July:Antonio Faraò, piano. Charles Tolliver, trompeta. Heiri Kanzig, contrabajo, Gary Husband, batería
Fri 21 July: Hiromi, piano. Edmar Castañeda, arpa
Sat 22nd July: Myles Sanko with Rick Hudson, batería. Jon Mapp, bajo. Tom O’grady, teclados. Phil Stevenson, guitarra. Gareth Lumbers, saxofón. Mark Perry, trompeta.
Free “Fringe” Concerts & Events:
TOTO JAZZ BAND
Sábado, 15 de julio. A partir de las 22.30 h. Plaza Nueva. La Herradura.
Domingo, 16 de julio. A partir de las 22.30 h. Plaza del Ayuntamiento y Bajos Paseo del Altillo. Almuñécar.
JESÚS MATA Y JACINTO RODRÍGUEZ
Del 17 al 22 de julio. A partir de las 00.00 h. Trasnoches de Jazz. Parque El Majuelo
Del 15 al 22 de julio. De 10.00 h. a 13.00 h. y de 19.00 h. a 21.00 h. Palacete La Najarra.
30 años de Jazz en la Costa. Carteles de Juan Vida
Tickets for one of the key “Big Ticket” events have just gone on sale, and once again the programme looks like it’s going to be a cracker, with Stanley Clarke headlining. Yes, this year’s Jazz En La Costa has been confirmed and will be running from 17th to 23rd July, with supporting “fringe” events from the 15th.
Held every year in Majuelo Park, in the shadow of the Castle, this is a superb night out, with some fantastic music. Originally started in 1998, this has grown each year to become one of the key dates in the jazz calender.
Part of the Granada International Jazz Festival, these form a week long series of events and concerts held on the coast, with Almunecar’s Jazz En La Costa being the prime series of gigs, attracting world class musicians and singers.
Tickets are again available on-line through Ticketmaster this year, and NB that returns are limited on the door from an hour before each concert so advance purchase is highly recommended to avoid being disappointed. Local agencies here in Almunecar are: Viajes Ecuador. Paseo del Altillo, 2 and Halcón Viajes: Calle Madrid, 1 – other agencies in Granada, Antequera, Fuengirola, Estepona, Marbella & Malaga are listed on the main Jazz En La Costa site.
Prices are 18 euros (internet) – 18.50( agency or phone bookings) per concert. A limited number of Abonos, or series discount tickets, are available at 95 euros for all 7 concerts which also includes a CD entitled “Cinema Jazz” – The Granada Film Project de Michael Mossman Band.
New this year is a Spotify page with samples of all the performer’s tunes, so if in doubt as to whether the band in question is to your taste or not this may be a good place to start.
2016 Jazz En La Costa Programme
The full programme is as follows at present, but full details and any updates can be found on each gig on the main Jazz En La Costa site. All concerts start at approx. 22:30 – but check details on tickets
Monday 18 July
CHRISTIAN SCOTT ATUNDE ADJUAH
Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah, trompeta y fiscorno
Lawrence Fields, piano y teclados
Kriss Funn, bajo
Corey Fonville, batería
Joey Dyson, batería
Braxton Cook, saxofón
Dominic Minix, guitarra
Elena Pinderhughes, flauta y voz
Tuesday 19 July
RICHARD BONA & MANDEKAN CUBANO
Richard Bona, bajo y voz
Ludwig Afonso, batería
Osmany Paredes, piano
Luisito Quintero, percusión
Roberto Quintero, percusión
Rey Alejandro, trombón
Dennis Hernandez, trompeta
Wednesday 20 July
ERIK TRUFFAZ QUARTET
Erik Truffaz, trompeta
Marcello Giuliani, bajo
Arthur Hnatek, batería
Benoit Corboz, piano y Fender Rhodes
Thursday 21 July
KENNY GARRETT QUINTET
Kenny Garrett, saxo alto y soprano
Corcoran Holt, contrabajo
Rudy Bird, percusion
Marcus Baylor, batería
Vernell Brown, piano
Friday 22 July
NICHOLAS PAYTON TRIO
Invitada especial: JANE MONHEIT
con Vicente Archer y Gregory Hutchinson
Nicholas Payton, trompeta, piano y Fender Rodhes
Jane Monheit, voz
Vincent Archer, contabajo
Gregory Hutchinson, batería
Saturday 23 July
STANLEY CLARKE BAND
Stanley Clarke, contrabajo
Beka Gochiashvili, piano
Michael Mitchell, batería
Cameron Graves, teclados
“Fringe” / Free Concerts
A series of supporting “fringe” concerts which are free admission are again scheduled:
Friday, 15 July. A partir de las 23.30 h. Plaza Nueva. La Herradura.
MIKE VERNON Y LOS GARCIA (+)
Saturday 16 July. A partir de las 22.30 h. Plaza del Ayuntamiento y Bajos Paseo del Altillo. Almuñécar.
From Sunday 17 to Sat 23rd July. A partir de las 00.00 h. Trasnoches de Jazz. Parque El Majuelo
JESÚS MATA Y JACINTO RODRÍGUEZ (+)
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