XIX Dominican Republic Jazz Festival Announces GRAMMY Award Winning Artists,
Five Nights of Free Concerts in Santiago, Sosua, Puerto Plata and Cabarete
November 4-8, 2015
September 14, 2015 – Cabarete, Dominican Republic — The 19th Dominican Republic Jazz Festival will celebrate five nights of free concerts, Nov. 4-8, 2015, in the towns of Santiago, Sosua, Puerto Plata, and Cabarete. Presented by FEDUJAZZ and the Dominican Ministry of Tourism, the renowned cultural event enjoyed a combined audience of 12,000 people for the 2014 festival.
The addition of a fifth night (November 4th) to be held in Santiago, at Centro Leon, marks the first time the festival will reach all five cities in the same year, and the first time in five years since the festival was held in Santiago.
Confirmed artists for the 2015 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival include GRAMMY Award winners David Sánchez (Puerto Rico), John Patitucci (USA), and the GRAMMY Award nominee Pedrito Martinez Group, along with other outstanding talents Josean Jacobo (Dominican Republic), Roy Assaf Trio (Israel), Berklee Global Jazz Institute (USA), Javier Vargas and The Big Band Conservatory of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) with Special Guests Jim Kelly, Jim Odgren and Jason Camelio (USA). Additional artists include the Student Loan String Band (USA), Manuel Tejada (Dominican Republic), Mario Canonge Trio (France) and Pengbian Sang and Retro Jazz (Dominican Republic).
Since its inception, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival has presented internationally renowned Latin Grammy and GRAMMY Award winning musicians such as Ignacio Berroa, Joe Lovano, Chuck Mangione, Ray Baretto, Néstor Torres, Chucho Valdés, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez and Arturo Sandoval among many other talents.
The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival is pleased to announce that Matt Marvuglio, Dean of the Performance Division at Berklee College of Music, and Marco Pignataro, Managing Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute will be heading the Artistic Advisory Board for the festival, beginning with selection of artists for the 2016 event. Mr. Marvuglio and Mr. Pignataro will also serve as advisors to FEDUJAZZ, the music education foundation of the festival, which provides free music education for youth of the Dominican Republic.
The FEDUJAZZ music program held in Cabarete aims to educate children with structured music programs that enhance their education and increase their opportunities in life. Currently there are over one hundred and twenty students being provided free music education and training in the new center in Cabarete. Hundreds of schoolchildren from the North Coast of the Dominican Republic also annually attend educational music workshops with the renowned musicians performing at the jazz festival.
The 19th Dominican Republic Jazz Festival is presented by the Ministry of Tourism, and sponsors include Ron Macorix, JetBlue, the United States Embassy, Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Gratereaux Delva & Associates Law Firm, Sea Horse Ranch Luxury Resort, Ultravioleta Boutique Residences, Millennium Resort & Spa, Casa Linda, the Municipality of Sosúa, Cibao Recycling and Ban Reservas.
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