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July programme at the Palau de la Música

July 5, Wednesday. 8:00 p.m. MAIN THEATRE
25/19/12 €
Monty Alexander piano
Luke Sellich, double bass
Jason Brown, drums
Monty Alexander is one of the few jazz piano greats left to debut at the Valencia Jazz Festival, and one of those artists who does not have a defined program, but improvises according to the response of the public. In his concert he will be accompanied by double bass Luke Sellich and drummer Jason Brown. Almost sixty years after moving to  the United States from Kingston (Jamaica), it is a classic with a vibrant personality, a moving message and an inexhaustible creator of melodies. It ranges from American songbooks and blues, to gospel, bebop, calypso and reggae.
July 6, Thursday. 8:00 p.m. MAIN THEATRE
10/8/5 €
Alex Conde, piano, keyboards, arrangements, compositions.
Los Indultados (drums, percussion, bass, guitar and 5 wind instruments):
JM Popo: electric bass
Toni Carrillo: guitars
Miguel Lamas: drums
David Gadea: percussion
Raúl García: trumpet 
Fede Crespo: trumpet
Julio Marín: saxophones
Álvaro Zarzuela: trombone
Andrés Alonso: tuba 
The Valencian pianist and composer Álex Conde, is the son of the legendary flamenco singer Alejandro Conde, although if something sets him apart it is his value fusing flamenco and jazz, something he has been able to show in the last decade, in dozens of international festivals with artists such as Vicente Amigo, Keita Ogawa, John Patitucci, Chucho Valdés or The Bad Plus. It is presented to the Valencian public with a very suggestive fusion show, with electric bass JM Popo, guitarist Toni Carrillo, drummer Miguel Lamas, percussionist David Gadea, trumpets Raúl García and Fede Crespo, saxophone Julio Marín, trombone  Álvaro Zarzuela and tuba Andrés Alonso.
July 7, Friday. 8:00 p.m. MAIN THEATRE
10/8/5 €
Daniel Abad Casanova, conductor
Albert Sanz, piano and voice
Jorge Rossy, vibraphone
Javier Colina, double bass
Borja Barrueta, drums
“The foam of the sea”
Albert Sanz, jazz pianist and composer, repeats his performance at the Festival, after his participation last year with Ron Carter to replace his pianist. He is one of the most original and talented musicians of his generation.
He premieres the symphonic version with the Valencia Orchestra, Jorge Rossy on vibraphone, Javier Colina on double bass and Borja Barrueta on drums of “La espuma del mar”, a collection of very personal songs materialized as a singer-songwriter. A project he recorded with Silvia Pérez Cruz. It will be conducted by Daniel Abad, a versatile young maestro, media and great projection, who already worked with the Valencia Orchestra in a very successful Casual Concert. As well as in the project “Clásicas” with Sole Giménez.
July 8, Saturday. 12.00 hours. MAIN THEATRE
10/8/5 €
Dainius Pulauskas, keyboards
Valerijus Ramoska, trumpet and flugelhorn
Liutauras Janusaitis, tenor sax
Tomas Botyrius, alto sax
Domas Aleksa, bass
Augustas Baronas, drums
Project funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture
Dainius Pulauskas Group was formed in 1996 and instantly became one of Lithuania’s most influential and leading jazz units and an internationally renowned ambassador for Lithuanian jazz. The group started in 1996 at the Birštonas Jazz Festival. The following year, they released their debut album “Penetration”. Dainius Pulauskas Group has broken all local records by ascending to the Lithuanian Jazz Hall of Fame in a surprisingly short time. He has participated in many prestigious European, Asian, African and American jazz festivals.
July 8, Saturday. 8:00 p.m. MAIN THEATRE
15/12/8 €
Ximo Tébar, guitar
Gladston Galliza, vocals
Will Martz, piano
Juan San Martín, bass
Valentín Iturat, drums
Ximo Tébar and Gladston Galliza founded their music and powerful guitars with the rhythms and harmonies of Brazil and the Mediterranean. Tébar, who has not visited the festival since 2018, is in an excellent moment and joins the great Brazilian guitarist and singer Gladston Galliza, who shares this project of Brazilian and Mediterranean accents. It is an embrace between Spain and Brazil starring these two great musicians, accompanied by an exceptional band formed by pianist Will Martz, bass Juan San Martín and drummer Valentín Iturat.
July 9, Sunday. 8:00 p.m. MAIN THEATRE
35/27/18 €
Dianne Reeves, voice
John Beasley, piano
Romero Lubambo, guitar
Reuben Rogers, bass
Terreon Gully, drums
Dianne Reeves, a five-time Grammy winner, is the world’s most outstanding jazz vocalist. As a result of her impressive virtuosity, improvisational prowess and unique style of jazz and R&B, she has received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings, a first in any vocal category. He has recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He has also recorded with the Chicago Symphony conducted by Daniel Barenboim and has been a soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. She was the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s first creative jazz president and the first singer to perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall. In 2018, the National Endowment for the Arts designated her as the Master of Jazz, the highest honor the United States bestows on jazz artists.
July 11, Tuesday. 8:00 p.m. MAIN THEATRE
25/19/12 €
Kurt Elling, vocals
Charlie Hunter, hybrid guitar
DJ Harrison, keyboards
Corey Fonville, drums
Another great debut at the Valencia Jazz Festival is that of singer Kurt Elling. Known for his unique combination of robust swing and poetic insight, he has 2 Grammys in his favor and has secured a place among the most outstanding jazz vocalists in the world. Visit the festival presenting “Superblue” with the great guitarist Charlie Hunter, and with DJ Harrison on keyboards and Corey Fonville on drums. Elling has recorded and toured with Branford Marsalis, Danilo Perez, Stefon Harris, Fred Hersch, James Morrison and Charlie Hunter. He has performed extensively with larger ensembles such as The Clayton/Hamilton Orchestra, The National Youth Orchestra and Sean Jones, The BBC Concert Symphony and Guy Barker, The Irish Radio and Television Orchestra and Brian Byrne), The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, and The WDR Orchestra and Big Band (Germany).
July 12, Wednesday. 8:00 p.m. MAIN THEATRE
25/19/12 €
Kenny Garrett, saxophones
Keith Brown, piano
Corcoran Holt, double bass
Ronald Bruner, drums
Rudy Bird, percussion
Melvis Santa, vocals
“The Kenny Garrett Sounds from the ancestors” 
With his illustrious career that includes stays with Miles Davis, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Donald Byrd, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, as well as an announced career as a solo artist that began over thirty years ago, Kenny Garrett is easily recognized as one of the most brilliant and influential living masters of modern jazz. Winner of a Grammy, he presents “Sounds From The Ancestors”, a multifaceted album that recognizes artists such as Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye as important references. It reflects the rich jazz, R&B and gospel history of his hometown of Detroit. He will be accompanied by pianist Keith Brown, double bass Corcoran Holt, drummer Ronald Bruner, percussionist Rudy Bird and singer Melvis Santa.
July 15, Saturday. 7:30 p.m. ALMODÍ
Chamber in the Palace
(Joan Enric Lluna, clarinet; Salvador Bolón, cello; Toni García, double bass; Juan Carlos Garvayo, piano and Ignasi Doménech, drums)
“Homage to L. Bernstein and B. Goodman”
Leonard Bernstein – Sonata for clarinet and piano
                                Variations on an octatonic scale, for clarinet and cello
Morton Gould – Benny’s gig, for clarinet and double bass
Nikolai Kapustin – Trio for clarinet, cello and piano, Op. 86
Leonard Bernstein – Riffs (clarinet, double bass, piano and drums)
The cycle “Cambra al Palau” presents during the month of July two programs that revolve around jazz, establishing synergies with the XXVI Valencia Jazz Festival, which is also organized by the Palau de la Música. Thus, the second program will feature the ensemble Moonwinds, which is formed by the clarinettist Joan Enric Lluna, the cellist Salvador Bolón, the double bass Toni García, the pianist Juan Carlos Garvayo and the drummer Ignasi Doménech. They will perform “Homage to L. Bernstein and B. Goodman”, with works by Bernstein himself, Morton Gould and Nikolai Kapustin.
July 15, Saturday. 9:00 p.m. QUEEN’S SQUARE
Free admission (limited capacity)
Jazz in the neighbourhoods and towns of Valencia
Sedajazz Kids Band present in the Plaza de la Reina the concert “Heading to New Orleans”, in which the girls and boys will delve into the germinal styles of jazz such as New Orleans, with African roots and dominated by simultaneous improvisation with the winds, and Dixieland, a mixture of the previous one and European music. The proposal is to travel in time to the effervescent beginnings of jazz, in an immersion in the crazy 20s full of optimism and vitality that will make everyone who listens to it dance.
July 16, Sunday. 21.00. CENTRAL PARK
Free admission (limited capacity)
Jazz in the neighbourhoods and towns of Valencia
The Parc Central will be the scene of the concert of the Arahí Latin Quintet, a group of five excellent musicians who have been collaborating in different projects and orchestral formats. Counting on the great voice of Arahí Martínez, this ensemble also formed by Latino Blanco with saxophones and flute, Kontxi Lorente on piano, Eva Catalá on drums and Latin percussion and Lino Lores on Baby Bass, Guitar and Tres Cubano, achieve  in their concerts transmit to the public different instrumental colors, and amplify the ability to fuse and adapt to the different styles and rhythms within the Latin Jazz genre, with a special tirade towards traditional Cuban music, Puerto Rico, Mexico… and the Spanish songbook.
July 22, Saturday. 9:00 p.m. BLASCO IBÁÑEZ HOUSE MUSEUM
Free admission (limited capacity)
Jazz in the neighbourhoods and towns of Valencia
“Film jazz”
Jazz versions of great themes of film music.
Sax, guitar, piano, double bass and drums
Joan Soler is one of the most renowned Spanish jazz guitarists. Self-taught musician, throughout his professional career of more than forty years, he has participated in all kinds of projects and formations, from big bands and symphony orchestras to concerts as a soloist. In the beautiful Blasco Ibañez House Museum he will present “Jazz de Cinema”, where he pays tribute to some of the great composers who have written for the cinema. He will be accompanied by saxophonist Victor Jiménez, pianist Kontxi Lorente, double bass Lucho Aguilar and drummer Mariano Steimberg.
July 23, Sunday. 9:00 p.m. EL PALMAR
Free admission (limited capacity)
Jazz in the neighbourhoods and towns of Valencia
Valmuz is one of those bands that shows the global vision of music in the XXI Century. The eclectic taste of each member provides a kaleidoscopic concept that shapes the reality of the band between jazz, rock and experimental fusions that accept pop, electronica, etc. in their imagination. They present in the town of El Palmar “The World As We Hear It”, their latest work, with a current and refreshing jazz in which influences can be seen from the genres in which the members have been nourished and their sound roots, together with careful lyrics. It consists of singer/guitarist Peter Connolly; Chris Attwell on synthesizer and backing vocals, Victor Jimenez on saxophone and EWI, and Joshua Wheatley on drums and backing vocals.
July 29, Saturday. 9:00 p.m. MALILLA URBAN PARK (Pergola)
Free admission (limited capacity)            
Jazz in the neighbourhoods and towns of Valencia
The power of the songs and arrangements of Le Dancing Pepa, some of them of their own composition, will transport the audience attending the pergola of the Malilla Urban Park, directly to the old ballrooms of Harlem of the 30s. They have been playing for jazz dancers for over 10 years and recorded four albums. Very used to swing dance festivals, they know exactly how to play to make everyone dance. They present the program “Swing in the street”. The group is formed by saxophonist and singer Joan Saldaña, trumpet Fede Crespo, trombone Paco Soler, pianist Juan Tamarit, double bass Javi Pérez and drummer Jose Reillo.
July 30, Sunday. 9:00 p.m. PATRAIX SQUARE
Free admission (limited capacity)
Jazz in the neighbourhoods and towns of Valencia
The Plaza de Patraix hosts the performance of Plena 79, a hard salsa orchestra that has thirteen musicians with extensive professional careers, under the direction of musicians Carlos Martí, multi-instrumentalist and arranger, and Carlos Llidó, percussionist and composer. His repertoire is designed for the enjoyment of the dancer and the unconditional public of this musical genre. They offer original compositions that keep a message of social content, arrangements of traditional themes and versions of hard salsa classics of the 60s and 70s. They present their first LP “Land and Freedom”. It is formed by Llig Yánez, vocals, José Raúl Aguado and Chipi Chacón, backing vocals, Diego Largacha, bongó i campana, Abel Sanabria, baby bass, Sergio Riera, piano, Raúl García and Fede Crespo, trumpets, Tony Molina, trombone and trumpet, Victor Belmonte, trombone and Joan Benavent, baritone.