July 28, 2021

Juan Perro will open the 34th edition of ‘Jazz en la Costa’ in Almuñécar (Granada)


Juan Perro, the musical project embodied by the artist Santiago Auserón, will open on July 20 the 34th edition of ‘Jazz en la Costa’, one of the most relevant musical events on the cultural scene and which is held every year in the Parque del Majuelo from Almuñécar (Granada) with the presence of great international figures of this genre.

As reported by the Granada Provincial Council in a statement, ‘Jazz en la Costa’ “presents new values ​​of current jazz and, especially this year, pays tribute to musicians who have been protagonists of legendary recordings and concerts that are an essential part of the history of music”.

The festival, organized by the Diputación and the Sexitano City Council, has been presented this Friday in the coastal municipality by the first vice president and deputy of Culture and Historical and Democratic Memory, Fátima Gómez, the mayor of Almuñécar, Trinidad Herrera, the director of the festival , Jesús Villalba, the councilor of the socialist group in the City Council, Rocío Palacios, and the councilor for Culture, Alberto García.

The deputy recalled that jazz is “one of the most current music, which is constantly evolving” and stressed that there are other festivals and exhibitions in other municipalities, but “Jazz on the Coast is the star.” He also pointed out that the poster, designed by Juan Vida, is “magnificent” and that “it also reflects the interest in giving prominence to female voices.”

In this sense, he added that “34 years is an overwhelming story and, therefore, whoever wants good jazz has to come to Majuelo, a jewel of a heritage space dedicated to the enjoyment of citizenship”, he stated.

The mayor, meanwhile, has invited “everyone to enjoy this festival” and thanked the collaboration of the Provincial Council and the organization and the work of the Councilor for Culture.

On July 20, one of the most relevant artists in the history of music in Spain, Santiago Auserón, will inaugurate the festival. Creator of Radio Futura, over the years “he has forged a career full of successes that culminates with Juan Perro, a musical project that gives its name to a band of musicians who come from the jazz world”, as explained by the Provincial Council.

In 2003 he performed at Jazz en la Costa with the Fábrica de Tonadas, a group that brought together prominent jazz musicians: Jorge Pardo, Chano Domínguez, Marc Miralta, Jordi Bonell and Javier Colina, “with a concert that still remains in the memory of many fans “. This time he returns as Juan Perro to present a compilation of 12 compositions with Pan-American influences seen from the extreme south of Europe: ‘Cantos de ultramar’.

Already on July 21, Kenny Barron performs, whose signature was the one that inaugurated the Boulevard del Jazz in El Majuelo Park and received the Gold Medal of the Festival in 2012. His name is linked to the stellar quartet of one of the great stylists of the bebop: Dizzy Gillespie, but also to teachers like Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, Lou Donaldson, Roy Haynes or Ron Carter, and especially to a saxophonist linked to Almuñécar, a city where he lived for a long time and with whom he formed one of the best bands in the world. the history of jazz: Stan Getz.

Barron has formed a special all-star band for this occasion, with teachers of teachers: the great drummer Johnathan Blake, the vibraphonist Steve Nelson and the double bassist Peter Washington.


On Thursday 22 it is the turn of the actress, composer and vocalist Cyrille Aymèe, who has won countless distinctions, among which the Montreux International Jazz Vocal Competition and the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition stand out. The Wall Street Journal recognizes her as “one of the most promising jazz singers of her generation” and the New York Times hails her as “a triumphant star in the galaxy of jazz singers.”

Cyrille “has earned fame and prestige not only for his voice, but also for a particular interpretation of jazz and swing and for his mastery in addressing all kinds of genres”, the organization of the cultural event has stated. One of the songs on his most recent album Move On (2019) has been nominated for a Grammy Award. His latest and successful album is “I’ll be seeing you”.

On Friday, Richard Bona will take the stage, “one of the artists who has best known how to merge the sounds and musical traditions of his native Africa, European influence, jazz or Cuban music. He has been identified as the most genuine follower of Pastorius and stars as diverse as Salif Keita, Manu Dibango, Paul Simon, Chucho Valdés, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Brandford Marsalis and Mike Stern have surrendered to him. “

Joining Bona will be the Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodríguez, who has drawn an “overwhelming musical career full of successes”, being claimed by such luminaries as Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and especially by his mentor Quince Jones. The proposal of both “is a suggestive musical journey loaded with rhythm and beauty, from Cuba to Africa”, they stressed.

Saturday 24 will be the moment of poetry and the particular lyricism that Brad Mehldau expresses in his interpretations and compositions, “which make him a unique pianist, with his own voice, far from any comparison with other great pianists of current jazz”, he highlighted the institution, which added that it “elegantly masters silences, pays tributes to his admired Beatles or winks at the purest jazz and classical tradition.”

The trio that he forms with two great contemporary jazz talents is one of the longest-standing, award-winning and fruitful: the double bass player Larry Grenadier who has shared the stage with Stan Getz, Joe Henderson and Pat Metheny, and the drummer Jeff Ballard who has collaborated with Bobby Hutcherson , Lou Donaldson or Chick Corea.

And the festival closes on the 25th, David Murray, who has established himself as one of the best saxophonists of his generation. Prolific in records, he has more than 150 records, he was a founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet, a group with which he performed at the Jazz Festival on the Coast. He has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including the Grammys and several documentaries about his life.

In addition to his companions -the double bass player Brad Jones and the drummer Hamid Drake- David Murray will be accompanied by Marta Sánchez, pianist and composer from Madrid, based in New York, who has an original musical style that has earned him the recognition and respect of magazines such as DownBeat, All About Jazz or The New York Times.