The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival Program 2018

The 22nd Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, presented by FEDUJAZZ and the Ministry of Tourism, will host five nights of free concerts recognizing music, culture and the arts beginning in CapCana on August 25, and from October 26 until November 4 in Santiago, Puerto Plata, Sosúa, and Cabarete.

“This year’s festival theme is “ Voices for Peace & Humanity” with a special emphasis on the impact of singers in jazz to bring forward a powerful message of freedom, creativity and hope for all mankind,” says Marco Pignataro, Artistic Advisor to the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, and Managing Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. “By celebrating singers,” he continues, “the festival also recognizes that the human voice was used for artistic expression before the invention of instruments and because all melodic instruments learn from the human voice, it can be suggested that all music is influenced from vocal music.”

Festival Date, Show Location, Featured Artists 

Saturday, August 25, 2018 – CapCana, Los Establos

  • Berklee Global Jazz Institue & Marco Pignataro
  • Terri Lyne Carrington – Quintet “Tribute to Geri Allen”
    • Ingrid Jensen
    • Kenny Davis
    • DJ Val Jeanty
    • Ian Fink
  • El Prodigio – Invitado especial Sandy Gabriel

Friday, October 26, 2018 – Santiago, Centro Leon

  • Edmar Castañeda
  • Pavel Núñez

Thursday, November 1, 2018 – Puerto Plata, Plaza de la Independencia

  • Xiomara Fortuna
  • Sissy Castriobani

Friday, November 2, 2018 – Sosúa, Playa Alicia

  • 6pm: “Mothers with Sissy” Parade: Mothers and children will model designs by Sissy Bermudez in support of the Fedujazz Foundation.
  • Tutti Druyan featuring Edmar Colón
  • Grupo Bonyé

Saturday, November 3, 2018 – Cabarete, Playa de Cabarete

  • Luciana Souza
  • Berklee Global Jazz Institute

Sunday, November 4, 2018 – Cabarete, Playa de Cabarete

  • Omara Portuondo
  • El Prodigo & Sandy Gabriel

All Dominican Republic Jazz Festival shows are free and open to the public, with Donor’s tickets and priority seating available for purchase. Proceeds of Donor’s ticket sales benefit FEDUJAZZ, the music education foundation of the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival. Contact FEDUJAZZ for more details at (809) 809-571-9350,