July 26, 2021

The Canarias Jazz & Más faces four last days full of concerts

The American artist José James performs on Friday and Saturday in Gran Canaria and Tenerife. / Janette Beckman

The American Collective Snarky Puppy, led by Michael League, will close the thirtieth edition of the Canarias Jazz & Más International Festival with three concerts to be held at the Tenerife Auditorium (tonight, starting at 8:00 pm, with sold-out tickets); in Lanzarote, at the El Salinero Theater in Arrecife (tomorrow, at 8:00 p.m.), and at the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Saturday 24, 7:00 p.m.).

Considered one of the most innovative groups on the contemporary music scene, they will close an edition that has toured the eight islands and has managed to hang the poster of no tickets in almost all its squares, auditoriums and theaters, respecting the sanitary protocols and the allowed capacity, and offering a lineup of top-of-the-line artists. The great final party will move this weekend to the Plaza de Santa Ana in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the Costa Martiánez Tourist Complex in Puerto de la Cruz.


Snarky Puppy will present in concert the songs of his most recent work, Immigration (GroundUP Music). “The idea here is that everything is always in motion and that we are all in a constant state of immigration,” explains bassist and songwriter Michael League. Obviously, the album title is not without political overtones, but Immigration It is not intended to criticize or patronize; it is a testament to what humanity can achieve when cultures come together without fear.

Snarky Puppy. / Stella K

The rhythmic component of the album is based on an innovative strategy: drummers Jamison Ross, Jason JT Thomas and Larnell Lewis share sections of each track, without overlap. Immigration It is a studio project and has most of the musicians that make up the group. And while it shares the musicianship and dynamic and kinetic spirit of that project, it is also more raw and temperamental than its predecessor. Several of the compositions put a new emphasis on offering a simpler and more aerodynamic impact.


Tomorrow’s proposal at Lago Martiánez in Puerto de la Cruz begins at 8:00 p.m. and is starred, on the one hand, by New Yorkers Brooklyn Funk Essentials, an audacious musical project that merges soul, hip hop, spoken word, jazz and of course, funk. Likewise, Liv Warfield will take the stage of the resort town, the closest thing to bringing together Tina Turner, Sade and James Brown in one person.

The line-up for Saturday (8:00 p.m.) is made up of the Yone Rodríguez Sextet, with which the musician from Agaete will present his most recent album live, Seed, which we could classify within the world music; the Jean-Paul Estiévenart Quintet, where the Belgian trumpeter is accompanied by bass, drums, piano and guitar to create sober music without artifice, and the American vocalist José James.

OZMA, a musical proposal that emerged in 2001 in Strasbourg (France), which has also been part of multidisciplinary collaborative projects with artists from all over the world, and the Gino Marcelli Trio, which leads the Italian composer, arranger, pianist and producer.


José James (Minneapolis, United States, 1978) has spent a decade remodeling the jazz with the verve of a rhythm guru before becoming a solo R&B star. The last two years he lived in the shoes of Bill Withers, recording and touring his legendary songbook for the project. Lean On Me. Now the latest from the satin voice composer is No Beginning No End 2, a sequel to her 2013 album that resurrects the bold eclecticism that audiences first fell in love with.

After the Bill Withers tour, James recalls: “I wrote something on Instagram saying I was thinking about No Beginning No End 2 and people went crazy. They wrote thousands of comments about how the first one changed their lives. I don’t sit down and think my work is so important, so it was quite nice. “

Defined as “a singer of jazz for the generation of hip-hopHis influences include artists such as John Coltrane, Marvin Gaye and Billie Holiday, whom he paid tribute to on the album. Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday (2015).