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Dominican Republic Jazz Festival marks 21 years with bash

Press Conference

Cabarete, Dominican Republic – The 21st Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, presented by FEDUJAZZ and the Ministry of
Tourism, will host six nights of  free concerts recognizing music, culture
and the arts beginning in Santo Domingo on October 29, and from November 1
– 5, 2017 in Santiago, Sosúa, Puerto Plata and Cabarete.

Celebrating a rich history spanning over twenty years, the Dominican
Republic Jazz Festival has enjoyed participation by internationally
acclaimed artists such as the prestigious GRAMMY Award winners Esperanza
Spalding, Joe Lovano, David Sánchez, Ray Barretto, Néstor Torres, Chucho
Valdés, Arturo Sandoval, John Patitucci, Chuck Mangione, and Grammy Award
nominee Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martínez.

“The 2017 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival honors the contemporary global
dimension of jazz and every night will be dedicated to different countries
and their specific point of view.” states Marco Pignataro, Artistic Advisor
to the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, and Managing Director of the
Berklee Global Jazz Institute. “Jazz is truly a modern expression of
democracy which keeps renewing itself through the creative encounter of
music cultures around the world” Mr. Pignataro continues.
*Festival Date, Show Location, Country Dedication*
*Sunday, October 29, 2017* – *Santo Domingo, Plaza España – **France *

– Big Band of National Conservatory of Music of Santo Domingo Featuring
Alain Mallet (Dominican Republic, France)
– The Jazz Ensemble from Paris Conservatory Featuring Riccardo del Fra
*Wednesday, November 1, 2017* – *Santiago, Centro Leon* -* Argentina*
– El Eco with Guillermo Nojechowicz featuring Marco Pignataro, Brian
Lynch, Helio Alves, Kim Nazarian & Fernando Huergo (Argentina, Brazil)
– Rafelito Mirabal & Sistema Temperado (Dominican Republic)
*Thursday, November 2, 2017* – *Sosúa, Amphitheatre Hotel Casa Marina* *-
– Javier Vargas and Atre (Dominican Republic)
– Roni Eytan Quartet (Israel)
– Anat Cohen with the Berklee Global Ambassadors (Israel, USA)
*Friday, November 3, 2017* – *Puerto Plata, Independence Park* – *Brazil *
– Guy Frómeta Trío (Dominican Republic)
– Trío da Paz (Brazil)
*Saturday, November 4, 2017 *- *Cabarete Beach* – *United States*
– George Garzone with the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors (USA)
– Sean Jones (USA)
– Brian Lynch (USA)

*Sunday, November 5, 2017* – *Cabarete Beach* – *Puerto Rico, Italy & DR*

– Marco Pignataro “Almas Antiguas Quartet” featuring Alan Pasqua, Adam
Cruz, Ehud Ettun (Italy, Puerto Rico)
– William Cepeda  (Puerto Rico)
– Fefita la Grande and Special Guests (Dominican Republic)

The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival is sponsored by companies including
Jet Blue, Brugal, Berklee Global Jazz Institute, United States Embassy,
Lifestyle Holidays, Sea Horse Ranch, Cibao Recycling, Casa Linda,
Gratereaux Delva & Associates, Millennium, Viva Wyndham Tangerine, Amhsa
Marina, Gansevoort, Banco del Progreso, Israel Embassy, Centro León, Reef
Condos, Villa Taina, OK Motors, VH Hotels – Gran Ventana, Blue JackTar, and
Emisora Raíces, among others.

All Dominican Republic Jazz Festival shows are free and open to the public,
with VIP tickets and priority seating available for purchase. Proceeds of
VIP ticket sales benefit FEDUJAZZ, the music education foundation of the
Dominican Republic Jazz Festival.

FEDUJAZZ provides free music education for youth of the Dominican Republic.
Currently there are one hundred students attending classes at the
foundation’s center in Cabarete. Throughout the festival, free music
workshops and master classes for local children and FEDUJAZZ students are
held at each concert location, led by the renowned international musicians
participating in the festival.

Contact FEDUJAZZ for more details at (809) 809-571-9350,
[email protected].

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