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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Ray Santos To Be Honored At PR Heineken Jazzfest 2016

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Luis Álvarez, Vice President of Méndez & Co.

Luis Álvarez, Vice President of Méndez & Co. Click on image to see it larger.

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Jazz is in the air in sunny Puerto Rico! Why? Because the 26th edition of the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest is just six weeks away at the Tito Puente Amphitheater in San Juan. When? From March 17 thru the 20th. According to Luis Álvarez, Vice President of the Liquors Division at Méndez & Co., the organization sponsoring and organizing the event, this year’s honoree will be Ray Santos, a Grammy Award winning composer, arranger and saxophonist of Puerto Rican extraction who’s career has spanned over 50 years working with other immortals like Noro Morales, Machito, Tito Rodríguez and Tito Puente.

But Ray Santos’ performance on Sunday, as talented and spectacular as he is, will only be the tip of the iceberg. This year’s lineup reads like the “who’s who” of Latin Jazz with favorites like Charlie Sepúlveda (trumpet), Ralph Irizarry (percussionist) and his group Timbalaya, Luis Salinas (a virtuoso —and self taught— guitarist from Argentina), José “Furito” Ríos (saxophonist), Antonio Sánchez (drummer), Paquito D’Rivera (saxophonist), Roberta Gambarini (singer) and many others.

Abdiel A. Arenas Alicea presents the winning poster.

Abdiel A. Arenas Alicea presents the winning poster. Click on image to see it larger.

Álvarez also announced the winner of this year’s commemorative poster competition. After a long and careful selection process this year’s winner was young Puerto Rican architect, from the township of Humacao, Abdiel A. Arenas Alicea, with a piece titled “Mambo Puertorro”. The selection committee was comprised of graphic arts experts, Méndez & Co. representatives and executives from the Heineken brand.

Arenas will receive a $2,000 prize, 4 Jazz Passes and the prestige of being the winner of such a important competition.

So, if you are a Jazz lover like me, and you’re tired of all that snow and nasty weather, why not have some “fun in the sun” in beautiful Puerto Rico? You can arrive here a few days before the Jazzfest, enjoy the Island’s wonderful beaches, its world-class cuisine, its caves, canyons, antique sugar plantations, Spanish Forts, the radio telescope, the rum distillery, Old San Juan, the rainforest… the list goes on and on. And then, from the 17th to the 20th, relax under the stars and enjoy the best music in the world at the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest.

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Tickets go on sale on February 15th.  You can order online a www.ticketpop.com or purchase them over the counter at La Bodega de Méndez, in Guaynabo, PR.  For more information call 787-277-5800 (San Juan) 787-651-1999 (Ponce) or 787-826-7560 (Añasco).

You still have six weeks to put it all together so call your travel agent right now!!!

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”)

©2016,Orlando Mergal, MA
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Author, Photographer and New Media Expert
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