Barranquilla Jazz Festival 2011   Leave a comment

Eddie Palmieri
One of this year’s featured perfomers at:
Barranquilla Jazz Festival
September 7 – 10

For the past thirteen years Barranquilla, Colombia has presented its unique perspectives on Jazz to the world. Like the blend of cultures that characterize the richness of this part of the world, BarranquiJazz brings musicians of renown, enthusiasts and local artists together to celebrate what diversity has meant to the art form.

Barranquilla, the capital of the Department Atlantico, and the surrounding metropolitan area including the municipality of Soledad, has a combined population of more the 1.5 million people. This region is fastly becoming one of Colombia’s cultural centers. Lying at the mouth of the Magdalena river at the Atlantic ocean, between Cartagena and Santa Marta, Barranquilla has found another way to celebrate its latin and african heritage – forming the richness of the Caribe. And in a country where celebrating life is a way of life that is saying something.

Each year the country shares its passion with the world by hosting regional events like the Festival of Roses in Medellin, the World Salsa Festival in Cali, El Faire de Manizales, and Carinvale in Barranquilla, which draws more than a millions visitors from around the world. Second only to Carnivale, BarranquiJazz, now in its thirteen year, is growing in stature and renown. Dave Valentin, Arturo Sandoval, Chucho Valdez, Poncho Sanchez, Diego “El Cigala”, Humberto Ramirez, Ron Carter, Maria Rivas, Ruben Gonzales and the Buena Vista Social Club, and many more have all played here.

This year’s Jazz Festivale will feature: the Atlantico Big Band (Colombia), Luigo Cinque and his Trio (Italy), Deborah Carter (USA/Holland), Karlos Rosten (France), Terrence Blanchard and his Quartet (USA), Diego El Cigala (Spain), Eddie Palmieri and many more.

For a full line-up and events calendar visit: http://barranquijazz.com

Posted September 5, 2011 by Wayne

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