Top jazz musicians gather for the coveted MVA Jazz Festival

The Enrique Oliver jazz ensemble will perform at the festival. / ON

A series of jazz concerts will take place in Malaga, Torremolinos, Ronda, Alhaurín de la Torre and Nerja

Tony Bryant

The MVA Jazz Festival, an event that brings together the best national and international jazz musicians in venues throughout the province of Malaga, started on Thursday and will continue until Friday, March 18.

Many world famous artists will create exclusive bands with musicians from Malaga and the rest of Spain especially for the occasion.

The concerts will take place at the María Victoria Atencia (MVA) Cultural Center in Malaga, as well as venues in Torremolinos, Ronda, Alhaurín de la Torre and Nerja.

The festival is closely linked to the Alhaurín de la Torre International Jazz Seminar – which celebrates its 18th anniversary this year – since many of the artists who teach the classes at the seminar will perform the festival concerts.

The event will feature American artists Kikoski, Bobby Broom, Victor Lewis and Essie Okon, as well as musicians such as José Carra, Enrique Oliver and Daniel Torres from Malaga.

American pianist Kikoski won a Grammy Award in 2011 with the Mingus Big Band for Best Live Jazz Ensemble Album. He has an extensive discography as a bandleader and has toured the world performing at top jazz festivals.

Bobby Broom was weaned on the guitar heritage of musicians like Wes Montgomery and Grant Green. He studied at Berklee College of Music, then returned to New York, where he worked with jazz funk trumpeter Tom Browne and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. In the early 80s, he shared the stage with Sonny Rollins, Kenny Burrell and Miles Davis.

Among the artists programmed at the festival are also Portuguese musicians such as João Pereira, Romeu Tristão and Ricardo Toscano; with a group made up of musicians from Cadiz, Barcelona and Valencia. Other ensembles include Little Monster, a group made up of young students from the Alhaurín de la Torre School of Music and Dance.

There will also be a special performance by Cuban saxophonist Inoidel González, who will team up with famous Japanese pianist Atsuko Shimada and famous double bassist Romeu Tristäo.

Some of the highlights of the festival include a concert in which Salvador Sobral, the Portuguese singer and songwriter who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017, will join a sextet of musicians from Malaga on Friday the 4th (today) at the MVA; the performance at the MVA (March 5) by the Jesse Davis Quintet, an up-and-coming jazz musician from New Orleans; and the Jam Session Big Band concert in the municipal park of Alhaurín de la Torre on Sunday, March 6.

Tickets for all performances, which are free, can be downloaded at www.mientrada.net

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