Madrid International Jazz Festival
In Madrid, the growing popularity of jazz music continues apace with the autumn JAZZMADRID festival. From 25 October until 30 November, jazz enthusiasts can enjoy a jam-packed programme with a notable increase in the number of concerts, in line with its growth over the last three years. This means that fans of the genre will be able to enjoy more than six hours of uninterrupted jazz every day over five weeks, in addition to the late-night and early-hours sessions across all clubs forming part of the La Noche en Vivo Association and at the French Institute, once again signing up to the event with some 40 performances.
There will be around a hundred concerts at this year’s festival, featuring plenty of blues acts plus a number of jazz-related parallel activities: debates, film screenings, exhibitions, to name a few. Performances will take place at different locations across the city, with Conde Duque Cultural Centre returning as the festival’s headquarters, although this year it’ll be expanding into a second main venue, Teatro Fernán Gómez Centro Cultural de la Villa.
Both auditoriums will be hosting a wide variety of current talent and veterans on the jazz scene. Dave Holland, Charles Lloyd, John Scofield, René Marie Madeleine Peyroux, Gregory Porter, Hiromi and Stanley Clarke’s new group are just a selection. Homegrown artists including Pablo Martín Caminero, Kontxi Llorente, Marta Sánchez, Ximo Tébar, Niño Josele, O Sister!, Luis Verde and Giulia Valle will also be performing. The closing concert by double bass player Javier Colina deserves a special mention here.
The programme is rounded off with a series of debates and conferences led by experts from cultural circles as well as Spanish jazz critics; the Una crónica del jazz en Madrid exhibition, featuring photographs from Spain’s oldest newspaper ABC; and screenings of several documentaries, including Solo en un día, Club de Reyes, Let’s Get Lost and Sexo, maracas y chihuahuas.
Jazz con sabor a club
La Noche en Vivo (LNEV) is the association of concert and show venues of Madrid. These spaces play an essential role in promoting new artists, consolidating already established bands and they serve as a meeting point for musicians’ national and international tours, providing them with the opportunity to showcase their work in the Spanish capital.
Some of the association’s top class venues are taking part in JAZZMADRID16, incorporating into their programme a significant number of concerts by musicians performing every style of jazz, under the apt title of Jazz con sabor a club (Jazz with a club atmosphere). Click on this link to view the La Noche en Vivo programme.