The Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest Comes Full Circle

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Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest 2017Twenty-seven years ago, in the balmy month of June, a group of virtuoso musicians from Puerto Rico and abroad got together to honor cuban saxofonist Paquito D’Rivera and raise money for the Inter-American University’s Jazz Program. The event took place at Plaza Dársenas in Old San Juan.

Throughout the years the event has taken place at other venues including the Sixto Escobar Baseball Stadium and the Tito Puente Amphitheater, both within the municipality of San Juan.

This year the Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest returns to Old San Juan. But instead of going to Plaza Dársena, which would be too small and crowded, it will take place at Bahía Urbana, a new and larger venue at the opposite end of the piers on the south side of San Juan Bay.

Danilo Pérez

Danilo Pérez

This year the festival honors Danilo Pérez, a panamanian pianist whose life-long journey as a musician and educator spells excellence all around. The twenty-seventh edition of the Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest will also feature iLe, VivaNativa Funk & Blues, Lado Ve., Negroni’s Trio, Miguel Zenón’s Quartet, Spyro Gyra, Harold López-Nussa’s Trio, the Ellis Marsalis Quartet, Puerto Rico En Berklee, Lannie Battistini and Hands In Motion and Bobby Valentín and the LJ’s.

Music starts at 8:00pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 5:00pm on Sunday. Any one of these acts, by itself, would well be worth the price of admission but you can get tickets for just $12 (Thursday) and $20 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at http://www.ticketera.com.

For more information visit the Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest 2017 website.

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The Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest 2016 In Pictures

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It all ended last night. The 26th edition of the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest came to a close yesterday evening with three exciting acts and the “doctorification” of one of Puerto Rico’s most prolific artists doctor Ray Santos. Ray Santos is better known for his arrangements for music greats like Mario Bauzá, Machito, Tito Rodríguez and Tito Puente, but he is also a virtuoso musician, composer and educator.

Darla Hanly, dean of Professional Education for the prestigious Berklee College of Music, bestowed a well deserved Honorary Doctorate Degree on Santos together with Mr. Luis Álvarez, producer of the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest and also a Berklee graduate.

During the afternoon “El Sindicato Del Jazz” celebrated their traditional pre-event barbecue party.

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Telling you once again about the festival would be redundant, because that’s what I’ve been doing during the last few days. So I thought that it would be better just to show you.

Enjoy!!!

Thursday, March 17

Henry Cole & Villa Locura

Pirulo and his Tribal Jazz Experience

DJ Guti Talavera

Friday, March 18

Charlie Sepúlveda and the Turnaround

Ralph Irizarry & Timbalaye

Luis Salinas Quintet

Saturday, March 19

Furito Ríos & his Standard Bomba

Antonio Sánchez and Migration

Paquito D’Rivera Ensemble

Sunday, March 20

Berklee in Puerto Rico

Roberta Gambarini Quartet

Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest Big Band

Ray Santos Honorary Doctorate Ceremony

Sunday Afternoon Party (“El Sindicato Del Jazz”)

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Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest 2015 in Pictures

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On Wednesday, March 18th I wrote about the upcoming 25th Anniversary of the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest.  So rather than bore you with all the details of who played when, or how good they were (because they were all outstanding), I thought it would be better just to show you.  After four days of perfect weather I ended up with thousands of images, so this is only a small representation.

As a longtime attendee (20 years) of the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest I must say that this festival is much more than a musical event.  It’s a gathering of friends who meet once a year to enjoy the best music in the world on the most beautiful Island in the Caribbean.  There’s even a group of fans that call themselves “El Sindicato Del Jazz” who meet every year on Sunday afternoon to enjoy a barbeque, beer, refreshments, music and good conversation right before the final event.

So if you missed it this year, be sure to put the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest on your list for 2016.

Enjoy the pictures!

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