21st Dominican Republic Jazz Festival Successfully Closes Five-City Tour of Island
The 21st Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, sponsored by FEDUJAZZ and the Ministry of Tourism, successfully concluded a vibrant five-city free concert tour of the island with acclaimed, international artists. Thousands of audience members attended each show in Santo Domingo, Santiago, Sosua, Puerto Plata and Cabarete, held from October 29 – November 5, 2017, and enjoyed the spectacular settings of the outdoor events on starlit evenings, a full moon, live music, culture, and often dancing.
The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival began in the capital Santo Domingo, and culminated in Cabarete Beach, with the grand finale concert dedicated to three nations: Puerto Rico, Italy and the Dominican Republic. The evening was a mix of musical influences which included jazz and Latin jazz from performers Marco Pignataro, George Garzone, William Cepeda, and typical merengue from famed Dominican performer Fefita la Grande which had thousands of concert-goers dancing on the beach in celebration.
The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival is sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, Jet Blue, Brugal, Berklee Global Jazz Institute, United States Embassy, Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resorts, Sea Horse Ranch, Cibao Recycler, Casa Linda, Gratereaux Delva and Assoc., Millennium, Viva Wyndham Tangerine, Amhsa Marina, Gansevoort, Utra Violeta, BanReservas, Bank of Progress, Israel Embassy, Leon Center, Reef Condos, Villa Taina, OK Motors, VH Hotels – Big Window, Blue Jack Tar, Roots station, Nelly Rent A Car, Gilmar and Before Boarding, among others.
FEDUJAZZ is the educational foundation of the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, which offers free music education to young people in the Dominican Republic. There are currently a hundred students at the center of the foundation in Cabarete and hundreds of school children from the North Coast of the Dominican Republic who also attend educational music workshops with the renowned musicians who perform every year at the jazz festival.