Twenty-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.
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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