The final stretch of the 29th edition of the Canarias Jazz & Más International Festival will once again have as a backdrop the promenade of Puerto de la Cruz and the Town Hall and the Cathedral of Santa Ana in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, stage that will host the last three nights with some of the best proposals on the lineup.
In its most complex year, Due to the situation caused by Covid 19, the festival is adapting, as it cannot be otherwise, to the new normal, thereby guaranteeing sanitary security measures, both for our audience and for the musicians who have been participating since last July 31 in the almost forty concerts that complete the program. For this occasion, the concerts will be paid (€ 2 each night) and tickets can be purchased at tickety.es.
The first night, Thursday the 13th, Puerto de la Cruz will open the concerts with the spectacular voice of Susana Sheiman, one of the most personal and acclaimed in current Spanish jazz, and the warm sound of the Canarian trumpeter Chano Gil; then time for The Cuban Jazz Syndicate, a solid line-up led by drummer Michael Olivera that has the presence of huge Cuban musicians, who arrive accompanied by the pianist and composer Pepe Rivero.
In Santa Ana, in addition to the La Isleta Factory project, directed by Cristina James and José Alberto Medina and starring students from their school, Michael League will perform, bassist of Snarky Puppy, winner of three Grammy awards, which has brought together a group of friends made up of Magda Giannikou (Banda Magda), keyboardist Justin Stanton (Snarky Puppy) and percussionist Adri Trujillo (Antonio Lizana), and also joined by one of the leading jazz musicians Spanish, Jorge Pardo, who on July 25 received the Donostiako Jazzaldia award given by the prestigious San Sebastián festival, an award joins others as important as the Award for the Best European Jazz Musician, delivered by the French Academy of Jazz in 2013; or the National Prize for Current Music.
On Friday the 14th, Puerto de la Cruz will open up to two apparently very distant worlds, but with many points in common. The flamenco of the young cantaor and saxophonist Antonio Lizana, who arrives with his quintet, will later merge with the retro soul airs of a young Dutch musician, Steffen Morrison. In Santa Ana, turn for Susana Sheiman & Chano Gil Quartet and The Cuban Jazz Syndicate feat. Pepe Rivero.
AND The final fireworks will arrive on Saturday 15, with a grand opening in Puerto de la Cruz by two local bands such as Alexis Alonso Quartet and ST Fusion, a great precursor for the band called to mark the peak of the festival, the Michael League & Friends feat. Jorge Pardo. In the Plaza de Santa Ana, the finishing touch will be put by the Local Jazz Band, Antonio Lizana Quintet and Steffen Morrison.