Great Jazz across the board since 1995
One of Mallorca's tiniest towns has been bringing some of the biggest names in Jazz to the island for 22 years now. Sa Pobla has hosted such luminaries of the genre as Ravi Coltrane, John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Miller and Billy Cobham, to name just a few.
Next week the town's picturesque Plaza Mayor is the scenario for its 22nd annual Jazz Festival which, for five nights from Tuesday, brings us a cross section of styles from the Jazz world, and all for free! Even better, many of Sa Pobla's eateries will be taking part by serving up food and drink for everyone at very reasonable prices.
The festival runs from Tuesday 2nd August until Saturday 6th August with a concert each evening. So, who's on?
Tuesday 22:30 – John Abercrombie Quartet. Guitarist Abercrombie, accompanied by bass, drums and piano has collaborated with some of the biggest names of modern Jazz and Funk; Billy Cobham, Randy Brecker, Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland, so expect some great licks from him.
Wednesday 22:30 – Anthony Strong. A young British crooner in the style of Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett and Ol' Blue Eyes, Strong has received critical acclaim from the likes of Rod Stewart and Jamie Cullum for his performances featuring Jazz standards and soul classics. (photo)
Thursday 22:30 - Suzette Moncrief and Lito Blues Band. You've guessed it, you'll hear some Blues as well as Soul, Gospel and Jazz from this versatile New Yorker whose influences are Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Bessie Smith and Nina Simone!
Friday 22:30 – Perico Sambeat's Workout. One of Spain's best sax players joins forces with some of Mallorca's very own Jazz cats – one might say the island's top brass – on sax, trumpet and trombone for a fantastic Friday session.
Saturday 22:00 – Traveling School concert. The traditional end to the festival, a concert by the students of the world famous Traveling Jazz School who have been 'studying' all week under the likes of Pedro Cortejosa and Masa Kamaguchi. Expect a wide spectrum of music and styles from them as the wrap up the week.