The Funchal Jazz Festival presents this year from 11 to 13 July, six concerts with the North American artists Gregory Porter, Terence Blanchard and Dianne Reeves, the Canadian Ben Wendel, the Chilean Melissa Aldana and the Portuguese João Barradas.
The festival is promoted by the City Hall of Funchal and takes place in Santa Catarina Park, the largest public garden in the center of the Madeiran capital, with two shows each day: at 9:30 pm and 11 pm.
The opening concert, on July 11, is headed by Canadian saxophonist Ben Wendel, followed by the performance of American singer-songwriter Gregory Porter.
On July 12 act the Portuguese accordionist and composer João Barradas and the American trumpeter Terence Blanchard.
The last day of the Funchal Jazz Festival 2019 is reserved for Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana and American singer Dianne Reeves.
According to the organization, Ben Wendel brings to Funchal what is considered his most ambitious project, namely in terms of composition, an area in which he stands out for a few years, but where now he claims to be a “true master.”
Gregory Porter, on the other hand, adds to his song “variable tastes” of soul music, R & B and gospel, transforming each passage through a stage into an “invariably more interesting than disc experience.”
The American composer returns to Madeira with the same band he performed at the 2016 festival.
João Barradas brings his new project – “Portrait” – to Funchal Jazz with a Dutch saxophonist, a French vibraphonist, an Italian bass player and a Spanish drummer, illustrates well the “international and unifying character “of jazz.
Since 2000, the Portuguese musician has won around three dozen national and international awards, including two trophies at the “Made in New York Jazz Competition”.
Terence Blanchard, on the other hand, is presenting his new A / B Squared project, a tribute to Art Blakey, one of the greatest drummers and leaders in the history of jazz, whose Jazz Messengers the trumpeter was musical director for much of 1980s.
Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana is the “new star” of jazz that opens the last night of the festival, integrating the performance in Madeira on the European tour of presentation and divulgation of his new album, entitled “Visions”.
Finally, Dianne Reeves, a “huge lady of jazz singing” to close the series of concerts in the Park of Santa Catarina.
“In the history of the Grammy awards, only one singer – Ella Fitzgerald – has surpassed the success of Dianne Reeves, who has been nominated nine times, having won the award for the last five times in which it happened,” explains the organization of the Funchal Jazz Festival .
Dianne Reeves presents herself in the Madeiran capital with her band, made up of musicians who have been accompanying her for more than a decade.