July 31, 2021

SAN JAVIER / Concert: Ivan Lins and Robin McKelle plus Monty Alexander

Concert: Ivan Lins and Robin McKelle followed by Monty Alexander
Place: Almansa Park auditorium
Date: Friday, July 25
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Admission: 15 Euros

Ivan Lins, who already offered an extraordinary concert with Jane Monheitt in its sixth edition at the San Javier Jazz Festival, returns to San Javier with a new jazz singer, the American Robin McKelle, in a concert of duets. At the second concert of the evening, piano giant Monty Alexander with his usual trio and three invited Jamaican musicians will present a tribute to Bob Marley’s compositions.

Few North American jazz musicians have resisted the compositions of Ivan Lins, undoubtedly one of the most international and renowned Brazilian musicians as a composer, as evidenced by the number of published albums that pay tribute to his music such as “A Love Affair”. in which they participate from Sting, Grover Washington, Chaka Kan, or Dianne Reeves, among others.

Essential in Brazilian music, his jazz compositions have been recorded by greats from Ella Fitzgerald to Michael Buble, including Sarah Vaughan, Barbra Streisand, George Benson, The Manhattan Transfer, Diane Schuur, Toots Thielemans, and Lee Ritenour, among many others. Ivan Lins, with more than 30 albums published, celebrates 38 years of career, which already began with great success, his song “Madalena”, which was recorded by Elis Regina in 1970, and later by Ella Fitzgerald.

His long-awaited return to the San Javier Jazz Festival will take place with the presentation in Spain of one of the revelation voices of North American vocal jazz, Robin McKelle who, after having shared the stage with names such as Herbie Hancok, Wayne Shorter and Terence Blanchard, took a leap qualitative in 2006. In that year he published his first solo album, “Introducin Robin Mckelle”, in which he recreates themes from the golden age of jazz. In 2008 he published “Modern Antique”, with standards from the 50s and 60s. Together with Ivan Lins, he will offer a concert of duets in which they will perform songs by the great Brazilian composer, considered in the United States as the successor of Antonio Carlos Jobim, and the greatest composer of current Brazilian popular music.

The second part of the night will provide another of the surprises of the San Javier Jazz Festival, with the concert of the extraordinary pianist Monty Alexander, a Jamaican from Kingstone, who will pay tribute to the musical roots of Jamaica, and especially to Bob Marley. Monty Alexander has incorporated three Jamaican musicians into his regular line-up for this concert in which, as he did on the album “Stir it up”, they pay tribute to Marley’s music with songs like Jammin ‘, Could You Be Loved, or No Woman no cry.

Monty Alexander, took advantage of the notoriety he already had in Jamaica to travel to New York at the end of the 50s, where before long he was accompanying such prominent musicians as Dizzy Gillespie, Toots Thielemans, Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Smith or Milt Jackson. Classical pianist, fruit of the school left by the teacher, Oscar Peterson or Ahmad Jamal, Monty Alexander currently enjoys enormous prestige as a classical jazz pianist.

To his classical training, his Jamaican roots are added, with Caribbean influences, which spring from his piano in a natural and unique way, providing a new and original sound to the wide spectrum of current jazz that fuses with reggae. To his extensive discography are added collaborations with other artists such as the one he made with Natalie Cole, as a pianist on his album “Unforgettable”, in tribute to the singer Nat King Cole.