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Sa Pobla Jazz XXIII

A whole month of daily Jazz concerts

richard bono

The little town of Sa Pobla between Inca and Alcudia is probably most famous for just a couple of things; Potatoes and its annual Jazz festival. Well the chips are well and truly down as the Sa Pobla Jazz fest's 23rd annual edition swings into action on Monday 31st July.

Unlike previous editions when the festival lasted for a week and some of the genre's biggest luminaries - Ravi Coltrane, John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Miller, Billy Cobham, McCoy Tyner and Kenny Garrett - trod the boards, this year will be different.

The festival billboard advertises a month of nightly concerts in the town's main square with three big international stars being billed as 'Festival' and lots of local Mallorcan Jazzsters giving concerts 'Off Festival.' The first concert takes place on Monday 31st July at 22'30 when American saxophonist Ernie Watts hits the stage. Watts started his career with Buddie Rich, has played alongside Thelonious Monk, Dizzie Gillespie, Quincy Jones and even The Rolling Stones so should inaugurate the festival with a bang.

On 9th August Richard Bono (photo) from Cameroon, fuses modern western Jazz with west African and Cuban influences in his Mandekin Cubano show and on 16th the Giulia Valle Trio of bass, drums and piano to the scenario. On all the other evenings there's a whole range of different styles and musicians as you can see on the screengrab I took from the festival programme PDF.

jazz concerts sa pobla

Running alongside the concerts there are Jazz masterclasses for musicians given by some of the performers, and exhibition of Jazz sketches and a little something called Menjazz – a portmanteau word meaning Jazzfood (menjar is food in Catalan) where the local bars in the plaza have good eats available for all.

If you're up in that area why not take a little trip to Sa Pobla for a night of music?