April 30 is the day designated as International Jazz Day, as declared by UNESCO in 2011. The Dominican Republic has been an active participant in this international celebration since the very beginning, and each year recognizes those individuals that have made great contributions to this musical genre in the country.
The Ministry of Tourism, “Jazz en Dominicana” and the Dominican Fiesta Hotel & Casino will come together this year to celebrate International Jazz Day on Friday, April 26. And, with the approval of UNESCO, International Jazz Day and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, the D.R. will actively participate in this worldwide celebration. Various jazz events and special radio programs will be held throughout the country to celebrate this special musical genre.
Since 2012, the country honors those musicians, producers and others who – through their contributions – have popularized jazz in the country. This year the country will honor musicians Jordi Masalles, Sócrates García and Ernesto Núñez. Also, producers Milagros Germán, Félix Germán and Eddys Rodríguez, in charge of the Jazz Festival “Jazz en la Loma” (Jazz on the Hill) in SAJOMA. Other honorees will be radio station Radial Quisqueya FM and a posthumous award will be issued to musician, composer, and band leader Porfirio – Porfi – Jiménez.
“International Jazz Day is a way to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe, and it is celebrated annually through various activities on April 30,” stated Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.
April 26: Official Celebration of International Jazz Day
Place: Fiesta Sunset Jazz – Dominican Fiesta Hotel & Casino
Address: Anacaona Avenue 101, Mirador Sur
7:00PM – Ministry of Tourism will issue awards
9:00PM – Concert – Juan Francisco Ordóñez Trío
“Jazz en Dominicana” and the Fiesta Sunset Jazz will celebrate, for an eighth consecutive year, International Jazz Day with a concert featuring renown guitarrist Juan Francisco Ordóñez and his trio. Ordóñez will be accompanied during the concert by his friends and excellent musicians Guy Frómeta (percussion) and Gustavo – Cuquito – Moré (bass).
During the celebration, the country’s Ministry of Tourism will present awards to musicians, producers and other well-known figures linked to the jazz world in the Dominican Republic. The music program will feature traditional Dominican songs, traditional jazz melodies, and original compositions written by Juan Francisco.
It will truly be a very special concert and an unforgettable evening.
Event sponsors include “Puros de Hostos”, “Marítima Dominicana” and the country’s top brewery “Cervecería Nacional Dominicana.”
Other activities planned to celebrate this international musical gender in the Dominican Republic:
April 24 – Wednesday: Jazz Nights at Acrópolis presented by the Sly De Moya Quintet.
Abril 27 – Saturday: “Espacio Universal” Radio Program: Jazz in the Dominican Republic, its top interpreters and new upcoming productions.
April 27 – Saturday: Rafelito Mirabal & Sistema Temperado in Santiago
April 28 – Sunday: “Musical Maestro” Radio Program on Merengue and Jazz.
April 1-30 – Monday: Haina Jazz Collective: Month-long program of activities.
April 30: Jazz Collective of the Eastern Region – Concert in “La Aldea Cultural” in the eastern city of La Romana.
Fernando Rodríguez De Mondesert
Jazz en Dominicana
Tetepona: 809 930 1840 (Office) / 829 586 9177 (Celular)
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