The small Mallorcan town of Sa Pobla, near Alcudia in the north of the island, holds its 19th annual Jazz Festival
The small Mallorcan town of Sa Pobla, near Alcudia in the north of the island, holds its 19th annual Jazz Festival in August. It's incredible to think that the stage in Sa Pobla's main square has
been graced by a veritable who's who of the Jazz world since 1995; Ravi Coltrane, John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Miller, Billy Cobham, McCoy Tyner and Kenny Garrett to name just
Like last year, this year's festival has relied on sponsorship from the private sector to finance it during these recessionary days, and to help save money the whole event has been 'concertinaed'
into five consecutive evenings.
Nevertheless, there's an international line-up with artists from Mallorca, Cuba, Germany and the USA who'll bring a wide variety of Jazz stylings to the festival.
Local boys Saxophobia Funk Project bring their soul, funk, swing, blues influenced sounds to the stage on Tuesday 6th August at 22.30.
On Wednesday 7th at 22.30, it's the turn of Cuban pianist Aruan Ortiz and his trio to play contemporary classics mingled with AfroCuban rhythms and improvisation.
Always at the vanguard of European Jazz and a big player on the West Coast fusion scene in the 70's, German pianist Joachim Kuhn and his trio perform at 22.30 on Thursday 8th.
On Friday 9th at 22.30, American trombonist Dan Fox plays a more traditional, 'trad' style of jazz with the Traveling School band, who are holding seminars throughout the 5 days of the festival.
And the festival is brought to a close on Saturday, 10th August at 22.00 with a gala concert by the Traveling School Band and their pupils from the previous days all playing together on stage –
always a great occasion.
At present, there is no indication of any admission charge for the performances which were free until last year, when a charge of only €3 was introduced to help with the finances.