Sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism Ron Macorix and residential developments in Puerto Plata (Sea Horse Ranch, Millennium Hotel, Ultravioleta and Casa Linda), the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival returns to the north coast once again this November. Organizers bring jazz to local residents and tourists who gather under the stars. Last year, the festival enjoyed record-breaking attendance levels with a combined audience of over 10,000 people, say the organizers. FeduJazz, a non-profit organization, also organizes musical workshops for young people, making the most of the visiting musicians.
The festival is free, but VIP tickets are available for pre-sale and the proceeds benefit the foundation, which works with young people in Puerto Plata.
This year’s program:
Thursday, 6 November: Independence Park (Parque Central) 8pm:
Big Band from the Santo Domingo Conservatory, Colin Hunter from Canada, Pat Pereyra & Band directed by Rafelito Mirabal and Guy Frometa with special guest Alex Jacquemin (France)
Friday, 7 November: Sosua, Hotel Casa Marina Amphitheater 8pm:
Benny Martinez (DR), Ignacio Berroa’s Band (Cuba) with Giovanni Hidalgo (Puerto Rico)
Berklee Global Jazz Institute, a special USA concert with special guest Joe Lovano from the US.
Saturday, 8 November, Cabarete Beach, 8pm:
Edgar Molina (DR), Berklee Global Jazz Institute concert (USA), Joe Lovano’s Quartet (USA)
Sunday, 9 November, Cabarete Beach, 8pm:
Ramon Vasquez Trio (Puerto Rico with Edmar Colon, and Danny Diaz (Puerto Rico. Special guest El Prodigio (DR) and La Familia Andre (DR).