Joe Lovano Leads Chile Jazz Festival

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Thursday September 28, 2017

From La Tercera

Joe Lovano leads the third Chile Jazz Festival
By: Rodrigo Gonzalez

A festival takes the post of another already disappeared, of fleeting life and reflection of the activities of a radio related to the syncopated rhythm. At least that is one of the possible interpretations of the current Chile Jazz Festival, which will bring the country for the second time to the great American saxophonist Joe Lovano. The first opportunity was in 1992, when the Cleveland musician appeared in one of the meetings organized by the late Radio Classica, the only Chilean radio station exclusively dedicated to jazz, in the former Baquedano Theater.

At that time, Lovano was already a figure to take seriously, but still neither the Grammys nor the preferences of Downbeat magazine. Now, 25 years later, the artist is a name with capital letters in the scene of the genre and Chile Jazz will have it in its four days, from Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 October.

The musical meeting is in its third version and although in 2016 it had counted on the Spanish pianist Chano Domínguez, now the star guest does give him a private flight: Lovano has had four Grammy nominations, he has won one and, at the same time , is consistently in the top spot of the critics’ and public elections of Downbeat magazine.

The tenor sax man will always be presented at 9.30 pm, as a closing of the shows that will be held in Santiago (11, Teatro Oriente), Concepción (ju 12, Teatro Sala Dos), Valparaíso (vi. , Teatro Municipal) and La Serena (14th, Teatro Centenario).

Formed alongside guitarist Bill Frissell at Berklee College in Boston, and musical heir to guitarist Bill DeArango, Joe Lovano has always sought to break new ground without taking his eyes off classics. Proof of this are the 17 albums and numerous presentations with drummer Paul Motian, one of the pianist’s fundamental musicians Bill Evans (1929-1980). Chile comes with a discography of 28 albums and next to Joe Lovano Classic Quartet, also composed by Lawrence Fields on piano, Lamy Istrefi on drums and Peter Slavov on bass. The other two artists invited to the Third Chile Jazz Festival are the group Camila Meza Quartet and the Mapocho Orchestra.

Based in New York since 2009, Chilean guitarist and singer Camila Meza (1985) has garnered accolades from the US media, including The New York Times, which called her “a brilliant new vocalist and guitarist, along with a band of first level”. In the festival will be presented next to the group composed also by James Francies in piano, Rick Rosato in double bass and Jeremy Dutton in drums. His concerts will precede those of Joe Lovano in Valparaíso and La Serena.

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