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Sa Pobla Jazz 2018

24th annual Jazz festival

The small town of Sa Pobla, population 12,000 and famous for its potatoes, has punched well above its weight in the Jazz festival stakes over the gig's 24 year history when some of the heavyweight champions of the Jazz world have graced the town's stage.

Starting at the end of the month, the 24th annual Sa Pobla Jazz Festival features four concerts by local and world artists as well as workshops for budding Jazz musicians. As you can see from the poster clipping the concerts are in a two week period from 30th July until 13th August.

Concert numero uno is unique in that it's in a different venue - Plaça Alexandre Ballester – and costs €25 on the door on the night. Cécile McLorin Salvant is a soulful young Jazz vocalist accompanied by bass, drums and piano whose album Dreams & Daggers won a Grammy this year in the best vocal Jazz Category.

All the other concerts are free and are in the town's Plaza Mayor. On 6th August Trempera, a young Catalan combo – piano, sax, trumpet, bass and drums – play some quite challenging modern Jazz. Mallorca Jazz Collective, a big band formed by musicians who normally play in smaller local outfits are on stage on 13th August and the final concert is on the 20th when Enrico Rava's New Quartet plays. Rava is an almost 80 year old Italian musician who originally played trombone until he switched to the trumpet on hearing Miles Davis perform and the tracks I have listened to certainly are influenced by the great man himself.

As I always say, if you're in the area, go along to have a listen – niiiice!