21st Dominican Republic Jazz Festival – Oct. 29, Nov. 1 – 5, 2017
The 21st Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, presented by FEDUJAZZ and the Ministry of Tourism, will host six nights of free concerts recognizing music, culture and the arts beginning in Santo Domingo on October 29, and from November 1 – 5, 2017 in Santiago, Sosúa, Puerto Plata and Cabarete.
Celebrating a rich history spanning over twenty years, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival has enjoyed participation by internationally acclaimed artists such as the prestigious GRAMMY Award winners: Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Danilo Perez, David Sánchez, Ray Barretto, Néstor Torres, Chucho Valdés, Arturo Sandoval, John Patitucci, Chuck Mangione, and Grammy Award nominee Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martínez.
“The 2017 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival honors the contemporary global dimension of jazz and every night will be dedicated to different countries and their specific point of view on this music,” states Marco Pignataro, Artistic Advisor to the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, and Managing Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. “Jazz is truly a modern expression of democracy which keeps renewing itself through the creative encounter of music cultures around the world” Mr. Pignataro continues.
Festival Date, Show Location, Country Dedication
Sunday, October 29, 2017 – Santo Domingo, DR – France
The Paris Conservatory Featuring Riccardo del Fra (France)
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – Santiago, DR – Argentina
El Eco (Argentina)
Edmar Colon and Jonathan Suazo (Dominican Republic)
Thursday, November 2, 2017 – Sosúa, DR – Israel
Roni Eytan Quartet (Israel)
Anat Cohen with the Berklee Global Ambassadors (Israel / USA)
Javier Vargas (Dominican Republic)
Friday, November 3, 2017 – Puerto Plata, DR – Brazil
Trío da Paz (Brazil)
Guy Frómeta Trío (Dominican Republic)
Saturday, November 4, 2017 – Cabarete, DR – United States
Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors (USA)
Sean Jones (USA)
Brian Lynch (USA)
Sunday, November 5, 2017 – Cabarete, DR – Puerto Rico, Italy & Dominican Republic
William Cepeda (Puerto Rico)
Marco Pignataro “Almas Antiguas Quartet” (Italy, Puerto Rico)
Special musical guests to be announced
All Dominican Republic Jazz Festival shows are free and open to the public, with VIP tickets and priority seating available for purchase. Proceeds of VIP ticket sales benefit FEDUJAZZ, the music education foundation of the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival. Contact FEDUJAZZ for more details at (809) 809-571-9350, firstname.lastname@example.org.
FEDUJAZZ provides free music education for the youth of the Dominican Republic. Currently, there are one hundred students attending free music classes at the foundation’s center in Cabarete. Hundreds of schoolchildren from the North Coast of the Dominican Republic also attend educational music workshops with the renowned musicians performing at the jazz festival each year.