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Sorteo Entradas Jazz y Teatro

28 de junio, 2022

“Nuestros comercios y hostelería tienen cultura para dar y sortear”

The merchant associations “San Javier Centro abierto” ("San Javier Open Center") and “San Javier Ciudad de compras” ("San Javier Shopping City") and the hostelry association "Hostesan", in collaboration with the San Javier City Council, present this campaign.

Tickets for the Jazz and Theater Festivals will be raffled there. Two tickets per day will be raffled for the concerts that we specify within the period between June 28 and August 25. The performances of the Jazz Festival on July 15 and July 22 are excluded from the draw; and on August 18 and August 20 the Theater Festival.

You can find out about all the details of it by consulting its Terms and Conditions.



2022 Poster and advance program presentation

30 de marzo, 2022

XXIV San Javier International Jazz Festival

The San Javier Jazz Festival anticipates the presence of the guitarist Steve Vai, the band Vintage Trouble, the quartet of the guitarists Peter Bernstein and Mark Whitfield, the trio of the pianist Emmet Cohen and Terell Stafford & the Bruce Barth Trio.

The illustrator, Dr. Juanpa, highlights the female presence in the world of jazz on the poster of a 24th edition that will be held during the first three weeks of July, with more street concerts.

The Valladolid illustrator Dr. Juanpa is the author of the poster for the 24th San Javier International Jazz Festival to be held during the first three weeks of July, dedicated especially to guitar and piano. The Festival will continue to care for Spanish and European music in a program with a great presence of North American musicians such as the great guitarist Steve Vai, one of the names announced today in a preview of artists that includes the band Vintage Trouble, which will play for the first time in the Región, guitarists Peter Bernstein and Mark Whitfield and pianist Emmet Cohen, and the Terell Stafford and Bruce Barth Trio, with Sara Dowling as guest artist.

The mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo, the Councilor for Culture and director of the Festival, David Martínez, the former director of the Festival, Alberto Nieto, who continues to collaborate in the artistic direction, and the author of the poster, Dr. Juanpa, presented today at the San Javier Museum, the poster and a preview of the Festival's program that "includes many novelties not only among the artists on the program but also in parallel activities with more music in the street," announced David Martínez. The Festival will take free concerts to La Manga del Mar Menor, Santiago de la Ribera and the center of San Javier and as a novelty, "it will fill different green or landscaped areas of the municipality with music in these three weeks, giving great prominence to the Conservatory of Music of San Javier and local artists like vocalist Dora Helena”.

The presence of women in the Festival and in the world of jazz has its tribute in the poster of the illustrator, Dr. Juanpa, who had already done a job for the Blue Note in New York, or the Jayhawks tour poster, which was what made Jazz San Javier recruit him, admitted David Martínez. Dr. Juanpa signs the poster for the 24th edition with a work in which he opts for color, for the classic theme of the world of jazz and that shows his predilection for the design of the 60s, as he himself acknowledged during the presentation at which thanked the trust placed in him by the Festival.

Alberto Nieto reviewed the names of the five artists announced today as Steve Vai, considered by specialized magazines as “one of the 10 best rock guitarists in the world”. Trained with Joe Satriani and with Frank Zappa as a mentor in his professional beginnings, Steve Vai has a career spanning more than 40 years, with 15 million records sold and 3 Grammy Awards. He now returns to San Javier, where he left an indelible memory five years ago, with his new album “Inviolate”.

One of the most surprising novelties and performances will be that of Vintage Trouble, an unclassifiable band from Los Angeles, "difficult to describe in words", admits Alberto Nieto, who invites you not to miss this first performance in the Región by a group that his own singer describes as "James Brown singing with Led Zeppelin". Blues, Rock and Soul go hand in hand in this formation that invites you to dance, made up of vocalist, guitar, drums and bass.

Another of the concerts announced in today's preview is that of the great American guitarists, Peter Bernstein and Mark Whitfield, old acquaintances, who visit San Javier with their own production of the Festival "We all Remember Wes ”, referring to the great American jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery and the atmosphere generated by his trios.

Trumpeter Terell Stafford, ranked at the top of contemporary trumpet players after Wynton Marsalis, is another of the guests at the 24th edition of Jazz San Javier, with the trio of the pianist Bruce Barth, the former musical director of Tony Bennett and habitual of the great names of jazz. Vocalist Sara Dowling, one of the UK's hottest new musical talents, will be the guest artist for the last part of the concert.

Finally, the Festival announced the name of the pianist Emmet Cohen, an artist who was already on the 2020 program, suspended due to the pandemic and who we will finally be able to see at Jazz San Javier, Nieto admitted. At 31 years old, Emmet combines the tradition of North American music with that of classic jazz from the 70s and 80s, he has won the main prizes and distinctions for pianists in the United States and has played alongside great artists such as Benny Golson, Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb or George Coleman, among others.

The mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo, pointed out the fact that he is presenting a Festival with which he has returned to maximum normality since 2019 and pointed out the fact of the commitment to bring music and the Festival to the streets. Luengo also highlighted the municipal management of the Festival and thanked the role of the sponsoring companies that also attended the presentation. The mayor of San Javier congratulated his director, David Martínez, the entire team of officials involved in the organization of the festival, and Alberto Nieto, for his association with the Festival that he has directed so far. Luengo reiterated the commitment of the San Javier City Council for Culture and underlined the step that the new winter theater will entail, next to the auditorium, in order to expand the cultural offer of the municipality.



Homage to Alberto Nieto at Jazz San Javier 2021

October 14th, 2021

Homage to Alberto Nieto

Article by Pedro Antonio Hurtado in El Noroeste about the tribute to Alberto Nieto at the 23rd edition of the San Javier International Jazz Festival.

"Alberto Nieto Meca, fundador del “Festival Internacional de Jazz”, de San Javier, deja una estela difícil de superar."



In Memoriam Chick Corea at Jazz San Javier 2021

September 23rd, 2021

7RM will broadcast the concerts of the San Javier Jazz Festival 2021

The regional channel will broadcast a weekly concert every night from Saturday to Sunday, from next Saturday, October 9, 2021 to January 15, 2022.

The regional television channel 7RM will broadcast the concerts of the 23rd edition of the San Javier International Jazz Festival 2021 every Saturday night, from October 9, 2021 to January 15, 2022, with the broadcast between the 11:45 PM on Saturday and 01:00 AM on Sunday.

The concerts and the dates on which they will be broadcast are as follows:

October 9, 2021: The Jayhawks.
October 16, 2021: Alana Sinkëy Quintet.
October 23, 2021: Iván “Melón” Lewis & The Cuban Swing Express with Arahí Martínez.
October 30, 2021: Matthieu Saglio Quartet and guests: Isabel Julve, Abdoulaye N’Diaye, Camille Saglio and Carlos Sanchis.
November 6, 2021: Daniel García Trio & Maureen Choi.
November 13, 2021: Mauri Sanchis Band featuring: Damon Robinson & Oneida James.
November 20, 2021: Giovanni Mirabassi & Cyril Mokaiesh.
November 27, 2021: Marc Berthoumieux & Giovanni Mirabassi Quartet.
December 4, 2021: Monty Alexander Trio.
December 11, 2021: Steffen Morrison.
December 18, 2021: In Memoriam Chick Corea: Carles Benavent, Jorge Pardo, Tino di Geraldo, Niño Josele, José de Josele and Tomasito.
January 8, 2022: Lucrecia.
January 15, 2022: Pepe Rivero Trio.



The Jayhaws at Jazz San Javier 2021

September 17th, 2021

Radio 3 special program

Here you can link and listen to the special Radio 3 program about the 23rd edition of the San Javier Festival in 2021.

Festivales En Radio 3 - Festival de Jazz de San Javier - 28/08/21



Iván Melón Lewis at San Javier

August 5th, 2021

“La 2 de TVE” will broadcast 10 concerts of the XXIII edition of the San Javier Jazz Festival

“La 2 de TVE” will broadcast from Wednesday, September 1, ten concerts of the XXIII edition of the San Javier International Jazz Festival, at variable times, starting at 00:30, within the program "Festivales de Verano" de la 2.

During the 15 days following the date of its broadcast, nine of the ten concerts can be viewed on the website “ a la carta”. The concerts and their broadcast dates are as follows:

(*) The MONTY ALEXANDER TRÍO concert will not be available on “ a la carta”; therefore, it can only be viewed at the time of its broadcast on TVE 2.



Monty Alexander Trio performance at San Javier

August 5th, 2021

Special program on Radio 3

We announce that Radio Nacional, Radio 3, will carry out a special program of the San Javier International Jazz Festival..

Its broadcast is scheduled for August 27, the last Friday of this month.



General view of the Auditorium during the Alana Sinkëy concert

July 27th, 2021

Mandatory COVID rules when attending Festival concerts

Due to the rules established by the Health Council of the Region of Murcia to avoid contagion and spread of Covid-19, we have had to carry out a Contingency Plan so that the events to be held can be carried out, and must be strict in its fulfillment.

These rules are mandatory when attending the concerts of the San Javier International Jazz Festival.

Among the rules to be observed, we highlight the following:


We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. Sorry for the inconvenience.



Monty Alexander actuará en el Festival Internacional de Jazz de San Javier 2021

June 15th, 2021

Jazz returns to San Javier from July 16th to August 1st

Jazz returns to San Javier from July 16th to August 1st with its International Jazz Festival, which after last year's suspension returns with a format adapted to sanitary measures in a 23rd edition that, although a “transition”, is plagued of leading figures of jazz.

The San Javier Jazz Festival, which for the first time will present two awards dedicated, one of them to its former director, Alberto Nieto, and another musical to the Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander, will feature 15 bands in 11 nights of live shows, 8 of them in the auditorium and 3 on the streets.

El alcalde de San Javier, José Miguel Luengo, el director del Festival, David Martínez y Alberto Nieto, que ha seguido colaborando como asesor musical, presentaron esta mañana en el Conservatorio de Música de San Javier, el cartel de un programa con mucha presencia de grandes músicos de Cuba, protagonismo del piano y otros instrumentos de cuerda como el chelo, el violín y la viola, menos habituales en la música de jazz. La organización del Festival no ha ocultado la dificultad que ha supuesto este año su programación “pero teníamos claro que este año, más que nunca, había que apostar por la cultura” señaló David Martínez.

The 23rd San Javier International Jazz Festival will commence on July 16 with one of its unavoidable events that brings to the auditorium for the first time one of the best country rock and alternative country bands, The Jayhawks, who with 35 years of experience history come to San Javier after the publication of one of the best albums of his career, “Back Roads and Abandoned Motels” (2018). Another of the Festival's highlights will be the presence of Brad Melhldau, the best pianist of his generation and a jazz star who returns to Jazz San Javier on July 28th with his Trio composed of musicians such as Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard. It will take until July 31st to see Monty Alexander, the Miami-based Jamaican pianist, one of the jazz greats with more than 75 albums and a long career that oozes jazz, blues and the Jamaican echoes of his roots. On July 31st, there will be a double program with a second part starring Steffen Morrison, a native of Suriname living in Amsterdam, considered one of the values of European soul with influences from the most romantic classical soul.

On July 17th, the Portuguese singer and guitarist living in Madrid, Alana Sinkëy, accompanied by her Quintet, will be seen at Jazz San Javier. Vocalist for groups like Patax and Cosmosoul, she is considered one of the best soul and R&B voices in Spain. It will be a double program night that will be completed with the Cuban pianist living in Spain, Iván “Melón” Lewis who will present “The Cuban Swing Express”, a supershow with 11 musicians on stage with the Cuban singer Arahí Martínez as a guest. On July 23rd, the cellist Matthieu Saglio will perform with his usual Quartet and four guests such as Isable Julve on singing and dancing, Carlos Sanchis on accordion and the vocalists Abdoulaye N’Diaye and Camile Saglio. On July 24th, the piano returns with Daniel García, who follows in the wake of the greats of flamenco jazz and who will perform with the Cuban musicians with whom he has recorded his album “Travesuras”, Reinier “El Negrón” on double bass and Michael Olivera on drums with violinist Maureen Choi. The second part of the night will star Mauri Sanchis, one of the best European organists closely linked to the San Javier Jazz Festival where he returns accompanied by vocalist Damon Robinson and bassist Oneida James.

The piano will be the protagonist again, on July 30th, with another old acquaintance of Jazz San Javier, the great Italian pianist Giovani Mirabassi who will perform accompanied by the singer Cyril Mokaiesh with whom he has recorded an album “Naufragés”, in which the French chanson and jazz merge. Mirabassi will complete his concert playing with one of the great jazz accordionists, Marc Berthoumieux, accompanied by his quartet. The final party will arrive on August 1st with a tribute to Chick Corea, winner of the San Javier Jazz Festival in 2018 and one of the most beloved jazz stars at the San Javier Festival that has brought together a large group of artists who They had worked with him at some point in his career as Carles Benavent, Jorge Pardo, Niño Josele, José de Josele, Tino di Geraldo and Tomasito to remember him from the stage with a unique show.

The San Javier Jazz Festival will also take to the streets, with the collaboration of different councils of the San Javier City Council, with three nights of free concerts that will start with the presence of the Cuban Lucrecia in the Plaza de España in San Javier on Sunday, July 18th. In Santiago de la Ribera, the Barnuevo esplanade will host the concert of the Cuban pianist Pepe Rivero with his Trio and the violinist Raúl Marquez with Enrique Heredia “El Negri”, as guest artist, on July 21st. Finally, in the port Tomás Maestre, of La Manga del Mar Menor, the Murcian singer Sara Zamora will perform on Sunday, July 25th, who performed one of her songs and an a cappella version of a bolero during the Festival presentation this morning in San Javier.

The director of the Festival, David Martínez announced that tickets and season tickets are on sale from today at the Festivals Office, located on the ground floor of the Town Hall and through the website The price of tickets will be 15 euros, except for July 16 with The Jaywawks, which will cost 25 euros and the nights of July 28th with Brad Mehldau Trio, and July 31st with Monty Alexander, which will cost 20 euros. The price of the tickets will be 80 euros and includes all the concerts. The organization will contact the subscribers to confirm their locations that will be relocated due to capacity limitations imposed by social distance. At this time, it is expected that the capacity limitation will not be less than 750 seats, which is equivalent to 50 percent of the total capacity of the auditorium.

The mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo praised the quality of the Festival despite the difficulties of a year like this and highlighted what it means to “return to culture, return to life and experiences”. Luengo highlighted the fact of the entirely municipal organization of the San Javier Jazz Festival and stressed that it continues to go out to meet the public in other parts of the municipality.



Presentation of the 2021 San Javier International Jazz Festival poster

April 22, 2021

Designer and publicist Jorge Martínez uses the work of the painter Luis Feito to reflect jazz music on the poster of the 23 San Javier International Jazz Festival

The Festival, which has announced the presence of the country rock band The Jayhawks, shortens its program in times of pandemic to 8 nights of concerts from July 16 to August 1.

The San Javier International Jazz Festival, which will be held from July 16 to August 1, returns this year with an edition of "transition to normality" as defined by the Councilor for Culture, David Martínez, who assumes the direction of the Festival after the retirement of its previous director, Alberto Nieto. David Martínez, accompanied by the mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo and Alberto Nieto himself, who continues to collaborate with the Festival as musical and programming advisor, presented at the San Javier Museum, the poster for this 23rd edition signed by the designer and publicist Jorge Martínez who pays tribute to jazz music through the creative freedom of the painter Luis Feito.

David Martínez announced that the next edition of the Festival "will be more humble" than the previous ones due to the ravages of the pandemic, to which is added the uncertainty of international tours. The Festival will offer 8 nights of concerts, 3 of them double, with a total of 12 groups, most of them national with some international ones such as The Jayhawks, one of the most recognized country rock bands in the world. The announcement of the Minneapolis band is the only preview of the program revealed today about a Festival that will be dedicated to the memory of Chick Corea, a musician especially loved in San Javier, who will be remembered with his own project that will be unveiled along with the rest of programming in the second half of May.

The Festival intends not to give up music in the street, although it is under study, within the health protocol to be followed to guarantee the safety of the public and which will be marked by the current health situation. In any case, and after the suspension for the first time in its history of last year's edition, "today's presentation has added value because it symbolizes the return, albeit with limitations, of our summer festivals," said the mayor who announced that this year the Festival Award, which in each edition is awarded to a musician, will go to Alberto Nieto in recognition of his work at the head of the Festival since its inception. Nieto, who thanked the mayor, José Miguel Luengo and the director, David Martínez, for their willingness to give continuity to the Festival, reiterated his offer to continue collaborating with the Jazz Festival, which maintains the same team in the entirely municipal management of the Festival “that he faces the future without forgetting his past”, said David Martínez.

Presentación del cartel del Festival Internacional de Jazz de San Javier 2021

A memorable poster for a very special edition of the Festival

Cartel del Festival Internacional de Jazz de San Javier 2021The designer and publicist Jorge Martínez has found in the painter Luis Feito "the drive, agitation, tension, chaos and freedom of jazz music" to which he pays tribute. An admirer of the one of the founders of the artistic group El Paso, whom he met in the filming of a documentary, he obtained the rights to the work for the poster with which he also alludes to the cry of freedom that is in the origins of jazz and of the avant-garde of the artists' collective that emerged in Spain at the end of the 50s.

The legacy of Luis Feito, who died on February 7 because of Covid, serves Jorge Martínez also to honor the victims of the pandemic with a poster that breaks with the image of recent years, announcing a new stage of the Festival.

"For me it's like coming home," said Jorge Martínez, who grew up in Santiago de la Ribera, and who was the author at the beginning of his career of the poster for the first edition of the San Javier Jazz Festival. The multi-award-winning designer and publicist, author of several successful documentaries and an expert in creativity and social innovation, has changed the image of the performers and musical instruments on the posters of recent years for a tribute to sound, the jazz music that he has found reflected in Feito's free play.



Chick Corea  en el Festival Internacional de Jazz de San Javier 2018

February 12, 2021

Chick Corea passes away

The great piano master Chick Corea, one of the great jazz legends and a good friend of the San Javier International Jazz Festival, who awarded him the Festival award on his visit in 2018, has passed away. Rest in peace.

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Chick Corea - My Spanish Heart, at the San Javier International Jazz Festival, 2019

April 24, 2020

Cancellation of the San Javier Jazz Festival 2020

Because of the health crisis caused by the coronavirus, the San Javier City Council has decided to suspend all the massive events planned until October 2020, including the two crowning jewels of the municipality: The International Jazz Festival and the International Festival Theatre, Music and Dance. Despite the painful and difficult nature of the decision, the seriousness of the situation requires that all the City's human, material and financial resources be dedicated to combating the effects of the pandemic.

We hope that the evolution of events will allow us, in July 2021, to resume the normal course of the festival's history, now interrupted, and to recover, as much as possible, the attractive projects that were planned for the 2020 edition.



Maceo Parker, at the San Javier International Jazz Festival, 2019

October 24, 2019

7RM will broadcast the concerts of the San Javier Jazz Festival 2019

The regional chain will broadcast a weekly concert from Friday to Saturday, from next Friday, October 25 to March 20, 2020.

Regional chain 7RM will broadcast the concerts of the International Jazz Festival of San Javier 2019 every Friday night, from next October 25, 2019 to Friday March 20, 2020, starting hours between 12 pm and 1 am.

The concerts and the dates on which they will be broadcast are the following:

October 25, 2019: BVR Flamenco Big Band. Guests: David de Jacoba, Ricardo Moreno and Karen Lugo
November 1, 2019: Tony DeSare Quartet
November 8, 2019: Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles
November 15, 2019: Karen Souza
November 22, 2019: Niels Lan Doky Trio
November 29, 2019: Buddy Whittington & Santiago Campillo “Tribute to the legends of Texas”. Guests: Mauri Sanchis and Ñaco Goñi
December 6, 2019: Steve Gadd Band
December 13, 2019: Marcus Miller
December 20, 2019: Maceo Parker
December 27, 2019: Ron Carter Foursight Quartet
January 3, 2020: “San Javier loves Michel Legrand” with Pierre Boussaguet Quartet and Natalie Dessay
January 10, 2020: Roberta Gambarini and Frabrizio Bosso “Homage concert to Roy Hargrove”
January 17, 2020: Miles Sanko. Special guest Vanessa Haynes
January 24, 2020: Jamison Ross
January 31, 2020: Bill Evans & The Spy Killers
February 7, 2020: Jazzmeia Horn
February 14, 2020: Thierry Lang & David Linx Project
February 21, 2020: Antonio Lizana Sextet
February 28, 2020: Kennedy Administration
March 6, 2020: Zenet
March 13, 2020: Anna Luna
March 20, 2020: Andrea Motis

The dates of the second broadcast of some of these concerts will be published as soon as possible.



Ron Carter, ganador del Premio Festival 2019

August 1, 2019

TVE 2 will broadcast 14 concerts of the XXII edition of the San Javier Jazz Festival, the largest number of broadcasts in its history

Channel 2 of Spanish public television, TVE, will broadcast from Wednesday, August 28, 14 concerts of the XXII edition of the International Jazz Festival of San Javier, in variable hours, from 00:30.

During the 15 days following the date of its broadcast, the concerts can be reviewed on the website. The concerts and their broadcast dates are as follows:

Wednesday, August 28: Steve Gadd Band
Thursday, August 29: Marcus Miller
Monday, September 2: Maceo Parker
Tuesday, September 3: Ron Carter Foursight Quartet
Wednesday, September 4: “San Javier Loves Michel Legrand” with Natalie Dessay and Pierre Boussaguet
Thursday, September 5: “Homage to Roy Hargrove” with Roberta Gambarini and Fabrizzio Bosso
Monday, September 9: Myles Sanko. Special guest Vanessa Haynes
Tuesday, September 10: Jamison Ross
Wednesday, September 11: Zenet
Thursday, September 12: Jazzmeia Horn
Monday, September 16: Thierry Lang & David Linx Project
Tuesday, September 17: Antonio Lizana Sextet and Guests
Wednesday, September 18: Kennedy Administration
Thursday, September 19: Bill Evans & The Spy Killers

The broadcast of the concerts of the San Javier Jazz Festival on TVE, as it has been happening in recent years, marks a milestone in this XXII edition, which was held from June 28 to July 27, as it reaches the maximum of broadcasts of its history, with 14 days dedicated to Jazz San Javier, which will be an extraordinary diffusion for the Festival.



Jazzmeia Horn at the XXII San Javier International Jazz Festival

August 14, 2019

RNE Radio 3 devotes a special three-hour program to the San Javier International Jazz Festival

On Friday, August 30, channel Radio 3 of RNE (Radio Nacional de España, Spain national radio) will broadcast a special three-hour program on the XXII International Jazz Festival of San Javier with a selection of the best moments of the concerts that took place at the Festival during the last July.

The program, which will begin at 11 pm, can also be heard within 15 days of its broadcast, on the Radio 3 website,



XXII San Javier International Jazz Festival

San Javier Jazz 2019 presents its poster and advances a part of the program, which includes Chick Corea, Ron Carter, Steve Gadd and Niels Lan Doky, among other artists.

April 5, 2019

Although it remains to be unveiled more than half of the program, Jazz San Javier announces new features such as Kennedy Administration, Jazzmeia Horn, Karen Souza, Andrea Motis, Anna Luna, the return of Zenet, Tony DeSare and the presence of Roberta Gambarini and Fabrizio Bosso.

The pianist Chick Corea, with his tour "My Spanish Heart", the bass player Ron Carter, world reference of the jazz double-bass, the drummer Steve Gadd, who has just won the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Album for his album “Steve Gadd Band”, and the Danish pianist Niels Lan Doky are some of the leading figures that appear in the preview of the program of the 22nd San Javier International Jazz Festival, presented this morning at San Javier City Hall by its the mayor José Miguel Luengo and the Festival director, Alberto Nieto. In the same ceremony, the poster of this edition of the Festival was unveiled, which recovers its previous iconic style with a colorful image and a retro air, with a double bassist and a jazz singer as protagonists of the poster designed by Grafyco.

The XXII San Javier International Jazz Festival, which premieres a Declaration of National Tourist Interest and will be held from June 28 to July 27, will host one of the only three Chick Corea concerts in Spain this summer along with those of Madrid and Barcelona, with a tour that takes the name of its legendary 1976 album "My Spanish Heart", in which he already declared his admiration for Spanish music. Chick Corea will perform at San Javier Jazz on July 25 accompanied by a macro band with guest artists such as Jorge Pardo on sax, Niño Josele on guitar and Luisito Quintero on percussion, among others.

Ron Carter, one of the most important bassists in the history of jazz, accompanied by his Foursight Quartet, will also visit this summer San Javier Jazz, as well as the great drummer Steve Gadd, accompanied by his band. The 2019 Grammy for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for his recording "Steve Gadd Band" keeps him as the most demanded session drummer in the world, and who will offer at San Javier Jazz his only concert in Spain this summer. The European jazz will feature one of its greatest models, the Danish pianist Niels Lan Doky, one of the most outstanding disciples of the great Bill Evans, who will act in trio formation.

In the preview of the program released today there is also a concert produced by the Festival, a tribute to the great trumpeter Roy Hargrove, who died in November 2018, starring Roberta Gambarini, the Italian singer based in the United States, whom the critics have compared with his admired Ella Fitzgerald, among other jazz greats, and Fabrizio Bosso, one of the most outstanding jazz trumpeters in Italy.

The director of the Festival advanced novelties and premieres at Jazz San Javier as the Texas singer Jazzmeia Horn, considered by critics as the best young jazz singer appeared in the last decade. The Argentine singer Karen Souza, whose evolution from Chill out music to jazz rock has resulted in a more jazzy style that includes bossa nova, will be accompanied by several Spanish musicians such as pianist Jaume Vilaseca. The female presence in Jazz San Javier will also feature the great revelation of New York soul jazz, the Kennedy Administration, a band led by the charismatic vocalist Kennedy whose style refers to the great stars of classical soul, in a first concert in Spain.

The young trumpeter and Catalan jazz singer, Andrea Motis, one of the most internationally renowned Spanish artists, who has just released a documentary based on her brilliant career, “La trompeta silenciosa”, directed by Ramón Tort, will visit for the first time Jazz San Javier accompanied by an old acquaintance and award-winner of the Festival, the pianist Ignasi Terraza. The singer and pianist Tony DeSare returns to Jazz San Javier in a quartet format and with the harmonica player Antonio Serrano as guest artist. The versatile Zenet will present his new album, “La Guapería”, with versions of old Cuban boleros, accompanied by excellent musicians such as Pepe Rivero on piano, Antonio Machado on trumpet, Öve Larson on trombone, and Raúl Márquez on violin, among others. The drummer and singer, Jamison Ross, excellent balladeer and one of the most interesting young jazz musicians in the United States, also appears in the program preview announced today in San Javier.

Regarding the free outdoor concerts, the presence of Anna Luna, singer of jazz and popular Brazilian music led by a six-piece band with Jaume Vilaseca on piano was announced for the Plaza de España in San Javier. The Festival will be held from June 28 to July 27 and will offer 27 concerts spread over 16 nights, of which 13 will be held at the Almansa Park Auditorium, and three will take place outdoors in free concerts in La Manga del Mar Menor, Santiago de la Ribera and San Javier. The rest of the program will be announced in two weeks, when the sale of tickets and tickets commences.

The mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo, highlighted the fact that for the first time, the Jazz Festival of San Javier has the Declaration of National Tourist Interest, and recalled that its organization and management is one hundred percent municipal. He also pointed out the fact that yet another year the Festival goes on the streets with three free concerts in San Javier, Santiago de la Ribera and La Manga del Mar Menor. The Observatory of Culture, in its report of 2018, ranks the Jazz Festival of San Javier as the second most outstanding cultural event in the Region of Murcia.

Download the poster of the XXII San Javier International Jazz Festival.



march 1st, 2019

The regional television channel 7RM has updated the programming in the broadcast of Jazz San Javier 2018 edition concerts, that will be as follows:






oCTOBER, 24TH, 2018

The regional television channel 7RM will rebroadcast all performances from the 2018 edition of the San Javier Jazz Festival on friday nights starting on October 26th. The concerts broadcastings are scheduled to begin from 12:00 am to 1:00 am.

Broadcast Schedule:

October 26th: PEPE BAO GROUP
December 14th: VONDA SHEPARD
January 4th: THE MAVERICKS
January 18th: SARAH MCKENZIE
February 1st: KURT ELLING QUINTET with special guest MARQUIS HILL
March 1st: JOAO BOSCO

Starting March 22nd, 2019, 7RM TV will broadcast, for a second time, the following concerts:


March 22nd: PEPE BAO GROUP




The San Javier Jazz Festival has been declared as an event of National Tourist Interest by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, through the Secretary of State of Tourism. It is a festival that has brought the top names in national and international Jazz throughout its 21 year run. Additionally it has promoted the municipality of San Javier, the Costa Blanca, and the entire Region of Murcia. The councillor of Tourism and Culture, Miriam Guardiola, was pleased by this well deserved recognition. "This distinction will mean an important boost with repercussions for tourism for a festival that has consolidated itself as reference in the jazz genre."

The declaration of National Tourist Interest and International Interest is an honorary distinction that are awarded to events that suppose manifestations of cultural values and popular tradition, with special consideration to its ethnologic characteristics and that are of special importance as a tourist attraction.

The San Javier Jazz Festival celebrated its first edition in july of 1998 and was created, promoted, organised and supported by the Ayuntamiento of San Javier since the first edition. Throughout the years some of the top names in international jazz and other genres like blues, bossa nova, funk, rock and blues have performed in San Javier. Musicians like George Benson, Pat Metheny, The Mavericks, Steve Vai, Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, B.B. King, Van Morrison, Wynton Marsalis, Eric Burdon, Michel Camino, Paul Anka, John Fogerty, Dianne Reeves, Toquinho, Maria Creuza and a long of others. All together some 2,000 musicians in about 400 bands have performed in the festival.


British Soul Singer zalon replaces maceo parker

american sasophonist and siger has cancelled his tour of spain


Jazz San Javier announces the suspension of the Maceo Parker concert, scheduled for Friday, July 13, due to the cancellation of the Americab singer and saxophonist Spanish tour for reasons beyond the control of the Festival.
Maceo Parker's concert has been replaced with the one by British soul singer Zalon, who was the choir leader and vocal director of Amy Winehouse's latest album. Zalon started a brilliant solo career after the death of the soul diva, who has taken him to stages around the world earning a well deserved position among the referents of contemporary soul.

In Jazz San Javier he will be accompanied by a seven musicians band plus three vocalists with whom he will offer a concert in which there will be a selection of the great classics of soul, a tribute to Amy Winehouse and a third part with Zalon's own songs.

The new ticket price for the night of July 13, which includes concerts by Zalon and trumpeter and singer Keyon Harrold, goes down from 25 to 20 euros. The exchange or return of tickets already sold can be done at San Javier Festivals Office, located on the ground floor of the City Hall, or at the box office of the Parque Almansa auditorium, where the festival takes place.




The pianist Chick Corea will receive the award of the San Javier Jazz Festival 2018, that will be given to him at the end of the concert that he will offer at the closing of the festival, on July 28, along with his legendary Trio, Akoustic Band with the bassist John Pattituci and the drummer Dave Weckl. This will be his second concert at the San Javier Jazz Festival, where Chick Corea performed in 1999 with the group Origin and the vibraphonist Gary Burton.

Chick Corea, one of the greatest pianists of his generation, who has won 20 Grammy awards, has a special feeling with Spanish music and has stated on many occasions that part of his heart is Spanish. Precisely, "My Spanish Heart", that gives name to one of his classic albums, served the Jazz Festival of San Javier to name the tribute gived to him two years ago under the title "Our Spanish Heart" that brought together some of the Chick Corea's closest jazz musicians in a well-remembered concert produced by Jazz San Javier, under the musical direction of bassist Carles Benavent.




Tickets and season passes


Tickets and Season Passes for the XXI International Jazz Festival of San Javier are on sale from May 2nd. The purchase of individual concerts can be made directly from each concert page, as well as at the Festivals Office (968 19 15 88 or 968 19 15 68 -, located on the ground floor of the San Javier Town Hall, where you can also buy the Season Passes, whose price is 120 euros and includes all concerts except Pat Metheny, which is sold separately.






The Regional television station will continue to retransmit concerts from the previous edition of the san Javier International Jazz Festival


Januiary 15th 2018
The regional television station will continue to retransmit concerts from the 2017 edition of Jazz San Javier, some of which have not aired on TVE's La 2. The retransmissions will begin on Saturday January 20th and will be aired every Saturday until June 9th, exceot on March 31st due to the Easter processions. The concerts will air around 12:30 am. The program is the following:

• 20 JANUARY. Thierry Lang
• 27 JANUARY. Pegasus
• 3 FEBRUARY. Tajmo': The Taj Mahal & Keb Mo' Band
• 10 FEBRUARY. John Pizzarelli & Daniel Jobim
• 17 FEBRUARY. Patax
• 24 FEBRUARY. Fourplay
• 3 MARCH. Buddy Whitington & Santiago Campillo
• 10 MARCH. Jorge Pardo Especial Jazz San Javier 20 Aniversario
• 17 MARCH. Funkystep & The Sey Sisters
• 24 MARCH. Ximo Tebar Band
• 7 APRIL. Sole Giménez
• 14 aPril. Charenee Wade
• 21 aPril. Chantz Powell Meets Shankin'all
• 28 aPril. Allan Harris
• 5 may. Mingo-Coloma. Simón Blues Express
• 12 may. T.S. Monk Sextet con Nnenna Freelon
• 19 may. Charles Lloyd Quartet
• 26
may. Toni Lynn Washington & Luca Giordano Band
• 2 junE. Barcelona Big Blues Band
• 9 junE. Buddy Whitington & Santiago Campillo

After they air, the concerts will be available for one year on the festival's youtube channel.



The contest to select the poster art for jazz san javier 2018 NAMED THE winneR


on December 19th 2017, RubÉn Alesandro Lucas GarcÍa, identified under the theme "conceptual", was chosen by the panel of judges as the winner of the contest organised to select the poster art for the 21st edition of the san javier jazz festival.










The regional television channel 7RM will rebroadcast all performances from the 2017 edition of the San Javier Jazz Festival on friday nights starting on October 7th. The performances are scheduled to begin from 12:00 am to 1:00 am.


The rest of the program (January 6 - May 26th) will be announced at a later time.





5 JULIO 2017


Radio 3 de RNE emitirá el sábado 26 de agosto, de 10 a 12 de la noche, un programa especial dedicado íntegramente a los conciertos de la XX edición del Festival Internacional de Jazz de San Javier.







5 JULIO 2017


Un año más, TVE emitirá una buena parte de los conciertos de Jazz San Javier, en su edición 2017, dentro de la programación de noche de La 2.

La emisión de los conciertos dará comienzo en un horario variable, entre las 00:30h y la 01:30h de la madrugada.
Durante los 15 días siguientes a su emisión, los conciertos estarán disponibles en la sección 'A la Carta' de la web de RTVE.


La fechas de emisión de los conciertos serán las siguientes:





JUNE 29TH 2017

Due to health problems, guitarist Chuck Loeb, member of the super-group Fourplay, will not be able to take part in the group's European Tour. The group will proceed with their scheduled tour with three original the members, Bob James, Nathan East, and Harvey Mason who will be joined by the prestigious sax player Kirk Whalum, one of the most notable virtuosos of the fusion tenor saxophone in the U.S. Fourplay will perform at the San Javier Jazz Festival on Saturday July 22nd.



JUNE 29TH 2017

ElThe San Javier Jazz Festival will be dedicated to the saxophone and will include some of the best jazz and blues saxphone players in the world . Throughout this edition of the Festival, which will come to an end on July 30th there will be numerous performances by great jazz sax players like Charles Lloyd, Houston Person, Kirk Whalum, Jorge Pardo, José Luis Gutiérrez, Jim Tomlinson and Ray Gelato. R&B and Blues will be represented by greats like Sax Gordon and Dani Nel.Lo.
As is customary, the 2017 edition of the San Javier Jazz Festival will be dedicated to the memory of musicians who have performed in San Javier and who have passed away in the last year like Al Jarreau, Boby Hutcherson, Larry Coryell, Toots Thielemans, and musical promoter Manolo Serra.




JUNE 1ST 2017

The San Javier Jazz Festival will bestow the Festival Award for the 20th edition upon the American guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli. Son of the legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli is one of the best represetatives of the neotraditionalism in the school of Italian American jazz singer, whose maximum representatives has been Frank Sinatra.
One of the most beloved artist by the Jazz San Javier public, John Pizzarelli will receive the award after the concert dedicated to one of his greatest musical loves, the Bossa-Nova, where he will perform side by side with Daniel Jobim, grandson of the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim in a duet inspired by 1967's mythical album "Sinatra - Jobim".




MAY 30th 2017

For reasons outside of Jazz Festival's control, pianist Ramsey Lewis has cancelled his performance which was to take place on the night of July 8th of this year. The performer has been replaced by the new trio of the Swiss pianist Thierry Lang, who will be joined by a special guest, Olivier Ker Ourio, a virtuoso of the chromatic harmonica .

The second performance of the night by American singer Stacey Kent remains unchanged.

Additionally another performance has been added to the ones previously announced, saxophonist José Luis Gutiérrez and his trio will perform before George Benson on Thursday July 20th.


Michel Legrand, Fourplay, T.S. Monk Sextet WITH Nnenna Freelon, Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, Ivan Lins & Houston AMONGST OTHER STARS WILL PERFORM DURING THE FESTIVAL

MAY 10TH 2017
The Teatro Circo de Murcia was the chose venue to present the program for the 20th San Javier Jazz Festival. A preview of the program which included George Benson, Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' and Charles Lloyd Quartet had previously been unveiled. The full program will consist of 29 concerts which will take place throughtout 17 nights between June 30th and July 30th of this year. The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Enviroment, Javier Celdrán accompanied the Mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo, the councillor of Culture, David Martínez, and the director of the Festival, Alberto Nieto in the presentation of the festival which celebrates its 20th edition and more than 400 nights of concerts which has included more than 2,000 elite jazz artist. David Martínez announced an exposition which sums up the 20 years of the festival which can be visited throught the next edition.


Javier Celdrán closed out the presentarion, which also included the General Director of the Instituto de las Industrias Culturales, Marta López-Briones, who praised the San Javier Jazz Festival for its "investment in excellence and for being able to put San Javier and the Region of Murcia on the front row of Jazz festivals in Spain, with a modest budget." For the Minister, events like the San Javier Jazz Festival "also reenforce, the image as quality destination of the municipality and the entire Region."


Alberto Nieto was in charge of presenting the latest news regarding the festival, which will begin on June 30th with the Mediterranean Jazz guitar of the Spanish composer Ximo Tébar who will present his latest album Soleo, alongside the singer Carmen Rodríguez. One of the most admired voices in Spain, Sole Giménez will be the second performer of the night to present her most recen album Los Hombres Sensibles, who will be joined by Antonio Carmona to pay tribute to Manolo Tena.


On Saturday July 1st it will be a night of new discoveries with North American singer Charenee Wade, the new voice of Jazz Soul with a tribute to the poet Gil Scott-Heton. Chant Powell, trumpet player, singer, dancer and multi faceted artist part of the new generation of musicians out of New Orleans will perform along his band from Barcelona Shakin' All, a production of the Festival designed to get the audience out of their seats.


The New York singer, Allan Harris, located among the top Jazz crooners will perform on July 5th in a night that will come to a close with two giants of Jazz, guitatist Lee Ritenour and pianist and composer Dave Grusin, to present the latest Lee Ritenour's latest album A Twist of Rit.


The Spanish presence will return on July 7th with a proyect sponsored by the San Javier Jazz Festival which joins Blues Express and the great Spanish Blues musicians: Mingo Balaguer, Francisco Simón and Lluis Coloma, alongside Calfornia Blues singer Tia Carroll. The second performance of the night will feature pianist, composer and singer, Ivan Lins, one of the most prestigious Brazilian musicians in the world of Jazz and an old friend of Jazz San Javier.


North American singer Stacey Kent, one of the most respected voices in the Jazz world, will perform accompanied by her husband, British saxophonist Jim Tomlinson on July 8th, followed by Ramsey Lewis, one of the greatest Jazz pianists of all time and creator of Jazz-Funk, who returns to San Javier with his Electric Band.


Pegasus, a historic Jazz group in Spain, formed in Barcelona in 1981, returns after their successful performance in Jazz San Javier in 2014, and for the first time they will include the voice of the American singer Monica Green to the instrumental Mediterranean sound. The night of the 14th of July will close with two great legends of Blues, guitarrists Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' who will present their new album with their band Tajmo: The Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' Band.


The son ofthe great Thelonious Monk, drummer T.S. Monk leads a sextet which on July 15th will present a concert to celebrate the centennial of the great pianist, called "Monk on Monk: A Centannial of Thelonious S. Monk", with a special guest, the presitigious vocalist Nnenna Freelon. The second concert of the night will star guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli, and pianist, guitarist and singer Daniel Jobim, grandson of the great Antonio Jobim, who will be remembered with a tribute to the album "Sinatra-Jobim" which turns fifty.


The night of the 20th of July is reserved for George Benson, an icon of the San Javier Jazz Festival where he has performed on five occassions and has received the love of the audience which awarded him the Festival Award of during the XIII edition. Benson returns to Jazz San Javier with a magnificent band.


Percussionist Jorge Pérez leads the Fusion supergroup Patax which on the night of the 21st of July will present their intense Latin Jazz, Funk and Flamenco proposal which includes special guest, American violinist Maureen Choi. On the same night we'll be able to enjoy saxophonist Charles Lloyd, a living legend of jazz, who visits San Javier for the first time where he will present his new album I Long to See You accompanied by three great musicians, Gerald Clayton, Reuben Rogers & Eric Harland.


The program for the 20th edition of the festival also includes the supergroup Fourplay which returns eleven years later to San Javier, with their well known and admired Fusion proposal which incorporated R&B and Pop to Jazz. On the same night of July 22nd, Texas guitarist Buddy Whitington one of the main figures of U.S. Blues and Souther Rock will perform with the Blues Rock musician from Murcia, Santiago Campillo, founder and ex-guitarist of M-Clan, and pianist Mauri Sanchis.


On the next to las night of the Festival, July 29th we will receive the Barcelona Big Blues Band with their energetic Blues, R&B, Swing and Jazz proposal with special guests, saxophinist Dani Nel.lo and British tenor saxophinist and singer Ray Gelato. The night will be completed with the most distinguished vocalist in Boston Blues, Toni Lynn Washington who will be accompanied by Italian Luca Giordano's superband with Sax Gorgon on the saxophone.


The closing night of the festival, July 30th wil be dedicated to one of the European Jazz greats, French Michel Legrand, pianist, arranger, and composer of more than 200 soundtracks and songs which have become jazz classics. Michel Legrand, winner of 3 Academy Awards and 5 Grammy Awards, is the most important living French musicians and along with Chales Aznavour, the top current representatives of the golden age of French music.


Free Outdoor Concerts
After last year's success, the San Javier Jazz Festival returns to the streets with free concerts in Santiago de la Ribera, La Manga del Mar Menor and San Javier. The first of the concerts will be on July 12th in San Javier's Plaza de España with Funkystep & the Sey Sisters, a band of six formidable musicians with a vocal trio formed by the three Sey sisters. On July 18th the septet of musicians from Murcia and Alicante, Zoot Suiters will take their festive Swing and Jazz to the Barnuevo boardwalk in Santiago de la Ribera. On Sunday July 23rd it will be Sammy Miller and the Congregation's turn, a band lead by drummer and singer, Sammy Miller, composed by different and talentes young musicians who perform a joyous and virtuoso jazz. FInally, on July 26th the Cuban pianist, singer and composer Lucrecia will in the Barnuevo Boardwalk in Santiago de la Ribera, "America cómo te adoro", a selection of her favorite Latin American songs, accompanied by great musicians like Cuban pianist Ramón Balle, bassist Yeltsi Heredia and German percussinist Nils Fischer.


Tickets and Season Tickets

Tickets and season tickets will go on sale on May 11th through the festival website and in the Festival Offices. The price of the season pass will be 120€, which will not include the George Benson concert which will cost 40€, or Tajmo: Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' Band which will cost 25€ and 20€ for season ticket holders. The price of the rest of the performances will be 15€ for six of the nights and 20€ for the remaining five nights. The four concerts which will take place outside of the Auditorium will be free.



George Benson, Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’, Charles Lloyd Quartet, John Pizzarelli & Daniel Jobim, AND Ramsey Lewis, ARE THE FIRST CONFIRMED STARS IN THE PREVIEW OF THE PROGRAMME FOR THE 20TH EDITION OF THE SAN JAVIER JAZZ FESTIVAL



APRIL 4TH 2017

George Benson, an "icon of the San Javier Jazz Festival" where he has performed on numerous occasions could not be absent from the 20th edition, according to festival director Alberto Nieto during the presentation of the poster art along with a preview of the program. The preview includes several notable performers like two legendary blues guitarists: Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' who will present their new album with the band 'Tajmo: The Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' Band'.

Another confirmed performer for this year's edition which will be held from June 30th to July 29th is saxophonist Charles Lloyd, who could not perform in last year's edition, but is back this year to present his new album
I Long to See You, which he will present quartet formed by three great musician Gerald Clayton, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland.

Once the program is finalized, the Festival, will feature thirteen nights of concerts which will take place in the Auditorium, and four outdoor concerts in San Javier, Santiago de la Ribera, La Manga and Mar Menor. The music will primarily be Jazz, but will also include Blues, Soul and Bossa Nova. This last one will be represented by John Pizzarelli and Daniel Jobim, grandson of Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. Together they will pay tribute to the great Jobim, along with some American Jazz Book classics with Bossa Nova arrangements.

Ramsey Lewis, another old friend and Award recipient will return to Jazz San Javier with the Electric Band to perform the genuine jazz soul he helped pioneer. The fusion of Jazz and Bossa Nova will also be included with American singer Stacey Kent, a lover of Brazilian music who will perform joined by her husband tenor saxophonist Jim Tomlison.

The anniversary party will arrive by way of Jorge Pardo, Jazz and Flamenco musician, saxophonist, flutist, recent recipient of the Premio de la Artes, in Spain and the best Musician of European Jazz Award, in France, who will premiere a unique concert conceived for Jazz San Javier accompanied by Niño Josele, one of the most brilliant guitarist in Flamenco Jazz, Flamenco dancer Tomasito, and pianist Albert Sanz.

Singer Toni Lynn Washington, considered "The Queen of Boston Blues" is also on the bill, alongside a super-band lead by Italian guitarist Luca Giordano, with special guest Sax Gordon on the saxophone.

One of the staples of the Jazz Festival is it's support of rising stars, like the new voice of Jazz Soul Charenee Wade, a Jazz professor, who has released two albums, and who will pay tribute to the music of Gil Scott-Heron. Another treasure to be discovered is Allan Harris, whom Tony Bennett, one of the last active great crooners, considers his favorite singer.

Jazz Fusion will be represented by PATAX, a super-group lead by percussionist Jorge Pérez, with a frenetic proposal which will fuse Latin Jazz, Funk and Flamenco; and will include special guest Maureen Choi on the violin.

One of the four open air performances which will take place away from the Auditorium will be Funkystep & The Sey Sisters who will perform in the Plaza de España. The band made up of six musicians started with Etna Sey in lead vocal and later incorporated her two sisters Cathy and Yolanda, forming a formidable vocal trio to pay tribute to the big names of Black Music.

The Festival Director was joined by the Deputy Mayor Teresa Foncuberta and Celebrations Councilman Pedro López in the presentation which was held in San Javier Town Hall, where the Poster Art for this edition was unveiled. This year's poster, created by Ramón Torres features a trumpet player swinging from a street light, in a nod to the movies and jazz of the 1930s and 1940s.

Councilman Pedro López reaffirmed the municipality's support of the Jazz Festival which is among the best in Spain and is also a reference in Europe. He also congratulated the Director "not only for the program but for the twenty editions."

Director Nieto took this opportunity to thank everybody who has helped make the festival what it is, both past and present, and the members of the municipal corporations and political parties for the support they have always shown towards the festival.








The local television channel 7 Region de Murcia will retransmitt the concerts from the San Javier Jazz Festival 2016 including those not shown on TVE's La2, begining on October 8th.
Those concerts not shown on TVE can be seen from October 8th to December 3rd, from December 10th to February 8th the concerts which were already aired by the National Channel will be aired.
The concerts on 7RM are scheduled for Friday nights around 12:30 am.


After the concerts are aired, they will be available on this website's video section for one year.





AUGUST 22ND 2016

RNE's Radio 3 will air a special program entirely dedicated to the San Javier International Jazz Festival on Saturday August 27th at 10:00 p.m.



AUGUST 11TH 2016

Once again TVE will retransmitt a large portion of the concerts from the 16th edition of the San Javier Jazz Festival as part of its nightly schedule on La 2.

The retransmission dates are the following:
1. Tuesday AUgust 30th: Lars Danielson New Quintet.
2. Wednesday August 31st: Nik West
3. Thursday September 1s:: Ignasi Terraza Cuarteto+Ronald Baker
4. Monday September 5th: Keb'Mo'
5. Tuesday September 6th: Myles Sanko
6. Wednesday September 7th0: Spyro Gyra
7. Thursday September 8th: Bill Evans & Dean Brown Band. Featuring: Darryl Jones y Dennis Chambers
8. Monday September 12th: The JB's, James Brown Original Band. Featuring: Martha High
9. Tuesday September 13th: Sarah McKenzie
10. Wednesday September 14th: The London Community Gospel Choir
11. Thursday September 15th: Kevin Mahogany, Dado Moroni & Ulf Wakenius

The retransmission of the concerts will begin on a variable schedule between 12:30 am and 1:30 am.


The London Community Gospel Choir WILL PAY TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES

JULY 25TH 2016

During the performance which will take place on July 29th in the Almansa Park Auditorium in San Javier, the London Community Gospel Choir, by request of the festival's management, will include a tribute to The Beatles, the world's most famous group, in their repertoire.





JULY 11TH 2016

Due to the injuries suffered in an accident, guitarist Mike Stern was forced to cancel his participation on the Mike Stern-Bill Evans Eropean tour who are scheduled to perform on Wednesday July 20th at the San Javier Jazz Festival.

The concert will go on with the other three participating stars: Bill Evans, Dennis Chambers and Darryll Jones. Dean Brown will be playing the guitar in substitution of Mike Stern.

The program for Wednesday, July 20th is as follows::

  • Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
  • Bill Evans & Dean Brown Band. Featuring Darryl Jones & Dennis Chambers



Catalonian pianist Ignasi terraza and american singer kevin mahogany will both receive the jazz san javier 2016 award

MAY 17th 2016
For the first time in the 15 year history of the San Javier Jazz Festival Award, the organisers have applied the municipal Rule of Honours and Distinctions, which allows, exceptionally, awarding an artist from the European Union and another one from elsewhere in the world the same year.

Ignasi Terraza is one of the most distinguished pianist in Spain, winner of the Jacksonville International Jazz Piano Competition, 2009. He has published 27 albums, and this will be his fourth visit to San Javier.

Kevin Mohagony, considered the best living Jazz baritone voice has been compared to the legendary Johnny Hartman and Joe Williams. This year will also be his fourth visit to the San Javier Jazz Festival, where like Terraza, he is loved by the public.

The San Javier International Jazz Festival Award is awarded annually to an artist in recognition of their career and to the contributions made to the history of jazz as artist.

Melody Gardot, Keb’Mo’, Charles Lloyd, Spyro Gyra, Kevin Mahogany, Rosa Passos y Jon Cleary, se incorporan al programa del 19 Festival de Jazz de San Javier

28 de ABRIL 2016
Junto a los artistas ya anunciados anteriormente como Steve Vai, Mike Stern and Bill Evans, The JB’s, James Brown Original Band, Joshua Redman, Ellis Marsalis, Lars Danielsson, Nick West, The London Community Gospel Choir, Dorantes y Renaud García Fons, Myles Sanko y Ken Hensley se incorporan también al cartel de Jazz San Javier 2016 otros muchos nombres como Sarah McKenzie, Kirk Lightsey-Antonio Serrano, Jaume Vilaseca Trio y Mar Vilaseca con Ravi Chari. El Festival de Jazz de San Javier, que se celebrará, principalmente, en los fines de semana del 1 al 30 de julio, ofrece este año 12 noches de conciertos, la mayor parte de ellos dobles, en su sede habitual del auditorio del Parque Almansa, y cuatro conciertos gratuitos en espacios abiertos, como la plaza de España de San Javier con King Solomon Hicks, la playa Barnuevo en Santiago de la Ribera con Pike Cavalero, y Trouper’s Swing Band, y el puerto Tomás Maestre, en La Manga, con Ray Gelato’s Enforcers.

El alcalde de San Javier, José Miguel Luengo, el concejal de Cultura, David Martínez y el director del Festival Alberto Nieto presentaron en La Muralla del Rincón de Pepe, en Murcia, el programa completo de la 19 edición del Festival en un acto que contó con la presencia del consejero de Desarrollo Económico, Turismo y Empleo del Gobierno murciano, Juan Hernández, quien destacó la calidad de un Festival “del que la Región de Murcia debe estar orgullosa y agradecida por la proyección internacional que brinda a toda la Región”.

Alberto Nieto desgranó un programa ecléctico “en el que hay mucho jazz y también rock, blues, soul, y gospel”. Una de las presencias destacadas será la de la gran dama del jazz internacional, a pesar de su juventud, Melody Gardot, cantante y compositora de jazz en constante evolución, que volvió a deslumbrar al mundo con su último álbum “Currency of Man” lleno de canciones comprometidas y calidad impecable.

Keb'Mo', el rey del blues postmoderno y ganador de tres Premios Grammy, vuelve a San Javier tras publicar “Keb’Mo’ Live”, un doble álbum en el que resume su gira 2015 y que recoge gran parte de los temas que lo han convertido en un icono de la música americana.


Charles Lloyd, leyenda viva del jazz y uno de los tres grandes saxofonistas históricos vivos, junto a Sonny Rollins y Wayne Shorter, presentará un excepcional cuarteto junto a Jason Moran (piano), Reuben Rogers (contrabajo) y Eric Harland (batería).


Con 40 años de historia, 31 álbumes y 10 millones de discos vendidos en el mundo, uno de los grupos más prodigiosos del jazz fusión y smooth jazz, Spyro Gyra, vuelve a Jazz San Javier donde, ya triunfó en la edición de 2008.


El admirado e icónico cantante barítono Kevin Mahogany protagonizará otro esperado regreso con una producción propia de Jazz San Javier 2016, junto al pianista italiano Dado Moroni y el guitarrista sueco Ulf Wakenius, con un concierto único que clausurará la presente edición el 30 de julio.


La diva de la bossa nova Rosa Passos, la única que desde Astrud Gilberto ha conseguido que la bossa nova suene sexy de nuevo, según All About Jazz, recalará en el Festival de Jazz de San Javier, después de varios años sin actuar en Europa.


El pianista, vocalista y compositor británico afincado en Nueva Orleans, Jon Clearly, reciente ganador de un Grammy 2016 por su álbum “Go Go Juice”, visita Jazz San Javier, en su primera gira en España, con su banda, The Absolute Monsters Gentlemen, como una de las novedades más importantes de esta edición, entre las que también destaca el nuevo prodigio de la guitarra de Nueva York, King Solomon Hicks, o la última gran revelación femenina del jazz, la pianista y cantante australiana Sarah McKenzie.


La mirada de Jazz San Javier al jazz español incluye en esta edición al pianista de flamenco-jazz Dorantes, que presenta su nuevo disco “Paso a Dos” junto al contrabajista francés de origen español Renaud García Fons, con la cantante Esperanza Fernández como artista invitada.


También actuará el pianista Ignasi Terraza, que visitó Jazz San Javier con la Barcelona Big Band y que ahora presenta a su propio cuarteto en un nuevo proyecto con el trompetista y cantante norteamericano Ronald Baker como invitado.


El genio de la armónica Antonio Serrano, un viejo amigo de Jazz San Javier, junto al prestigioso pianista americano Kirk Lightsey y Jaume Vilaseca Quartet con Mar Vilaseca y el reputado sitarista Ravi Chary, que aporta un toque indú al jazz mediterráneo del pianista catalán, completan la presencia española junto a Pike Cavalero, músico de potente puesta en escena, estética y sonido inconfundible que va del rock’n’roll clásico, al rockabilly y blues y la banda de neo swing Trouper's Swing Band.


El alcalde de San Javier, José Miguel Luengo y el concejal de Cultura David Martínez, coincidieron en destacar la calidad y las expectativas que un año más, y van 19, suscita el Festival de Jazz de San Javier, que cuenta con el apoyo de TVE mediante las retransmisiones de gran parte de sus conciertos. El alcalde quiso destacar, asimismo, “que se trata de un Festival al alcance de todos los públicos” refiriéndose al precio de las entradas como “uno de los más competitivo de Europa”.


Las entradas, que se podrán comprar desde el próximo MONDAY 2 de mayo en la Oficina de Festivales (plaza de España, San Javier. Teléfonos: 968 19 15 88 968 19 15 68) y la web del festival, tienen un precio medio de 15 euros, con dos noches de 30 euros. El precio del abono numerado, que incluye 10 noches de conciertos, excluyendo el de Steve Vai, y Melody Gardot, será de 115 euros.


Guitarist Steve Vei, Mike Stern and Bill Evans, THe Jb'S James Brown Original Band, Joshua Redman and Ellis Marsalis are the highlights of the preview of the program for the 19th Edition of the San Javier International Jazz Festival

April 5th 2016
The 19th Edition of the San Javier Jazz Festival presented a preview of this year's program, which includes names like Steve Vai, Mike Stern and Bill Evans Band, Joshua Redman and the JB's James Brown Original Band with Martha High. The festival's director, Alberto Nieto also confirmed the presence of the Marsalis family patriarch, Ellis Marsalis, Ken Hensley with the band Our Propaganda, Lars Danielsson, Nik West, The London Community Gospel Choir, Myles Sanko, Ignasi Terraza with Ronald Baker, and Dorantes with Renaud Garcia Fons.

Accompanied by the Mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo, and the Councillor of Culture, David Martínez, the festival's director announced the first confirmed performances of this edition which will take place from July 1st through July 30th of 2016, and will include four free concerts, one in La Manga, two in Santiago de la Ribera, and the fourth one in San Javier. Nieto presented the poster art for the 19th edition, designed Ramón Torres of Grafyco based on a photograph taken by Rafa Mellado, and dedicated to the drums, coinciding with an edition which will have a special focus on projects led by drummers.

Rock guitarist Steve Vai, is considered on the 10 best guitarist on the planet by the musical press, has sold more than 15 million albums, has won three Grammy Awards, and has never stopped innovating throughout his long career which began with Frank Zappa's band. Vai will present a revision of his album Passion and Warfare (1990) which marked a milestone in the history of rock.

Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the death of James Brown, the original band who accompanied him on stage, The JB's, will present a concert where they will revisit Brown's repertoire with the impressive soul singer, Martha High, presented by James Brown's own Master of Ceremonies, Danny Ray.

Two of the great jazz fusion musicians, guitarist Mike Stern and saxophonist Bill Evans, will perform in San Javier, accompanied by the spectacular drummer Dennis Chambers and Darry Jones, the official bassist for the Rolling Stones since the departure of Bill Wyman.

Saxophonist Joshua Redman, one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz U.S. musicians of the 90s will perform in a quartet formation, which will include one of the Spanish drummers with the biggest international, projection, Jorge Rossy, who for many years played drums for Brad Maldhau's trio.

Pianist Ellis Marsalis, father of Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason is an institution in his native New Orleans where he has formed several generations of great jazz musicians. Accompanied by his quartet, he will perform for the first time in San Javier, where his son, Wynton Marsalis received the Festival Award in 2009.


The announced preview of the program includes one the greatest British rock organist of all time, Ken Hensley, one of the founders and coleader of the progressive rock band Uriah Heep, who also performed in Jazz San Javier. Hensley will be accompanied by a young and vigorous British band, Our Propaganda to revisit many Uriah Heep classics, as well as hits from his solo career.

Young electric bassist Nik West will star in the high voltage night of the festival. A Standard bearer for the new generation of bassist, she has performed with artists like John Mayer, Marcus Miller and Prince, a source of inspiration for this very young and brilliant bassist who flows seamlessly from funk, to rock to soul.

Among the emerging artists in the next edition of the San Javier Jazz Festival will be soulman Myles Sanko, one of the great assets of the new British soul. Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye are the primary influences for this young singer with an ascending career.

Also arriving from Great Britain will be The London Community Gospel Choir, considered by many to be the best gospel choir in Europe. Five instrumentalists and nine voices form The London Community Gospel Choir, which harvests classic American gospel with African and Caribbean influences.

Spanish flamenco-jazz pianist Dorantes presents his new album Paseo a Dos, alongside the French double bassists of Spanish roots, Renaud Garcia Fons, a great specialist of the arco technique. Singer Esperanza Fernandez and flamenco percussionist Javier Ruibal with guest star.

The preview of the program includes another Spanish musician, pianist Ignasi Terraza, who visited Jazz San Javier with the Barcelona Big Band, who this time will present his own quartet, a project which includes American trumpet player and singer Ronal Baker, currently residing in Paris.

The Mayor of San Javier highlighted the quality of the confirmed artist for the next edition of the Festival, whose complete program will be presented at the end of the month. Luengo noted the importance of culture in the promotion of San Javier, "with a festival that is up there with best in Spain, and has the unanimous backing of the municipal corporation", whose members were present in the presentation which took place in San Javier Municipal Hall.

The San Javier Jazz Festival, which will maintain popular prices, "is one of the jewels of San Javier's cultural heritage," said the Councillor of Culture, David Martínez, who thanked the participation of sponsors like Estrella de Levante and Fundación la Caixa, who were also present at the event.


televisiÓn autonÓmica 7 RegiÓn de Murcia will retransmit all the remaining concerts from the 18th edition of the San Javier Jazz Festival

february 2ND 2016
The San Javier International Jazz Festival returns to Murcia's channel 7 for a second serving of concerts from the last edition of the festival which took place last year. The concerts will air from February 19th up until April 29th at 12:30 a.m. on Friday nights. The retransmission schedule is as follows:

  • FEBRUARY 19TH:: Royal Southern Brotherhood
  • FEBRUARY 26TH: Picazo, De Lera, Cucciardi e Invitados
  • MARCH 4TH: Ginesa Ortega y Raynald Colom Cuarteto
  • MARCH 11TH: Lynne Arriale, Grace Kelly and Cécile Verny presentan “Cinema”
  • MARCH 18TH:: Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne & The Drew Davies Rhythm Combo
  • MARCH 25TH:: Janiva Magness
  • APRIL 1ST: Nettwork. Featuring: Charnett Moffet, Stanley Jordan, “Jeff Tain” Watts & Casimir Liberski
  • APRIL 8TH: Enrique Heredia “Negri” Invitados: Jerry González y Montse Cortés
  • APRIL 15TH: Carla Cook & Albert Bover Trio
  • APRIL 22ND: Flamencuba con Antonio Carmona
  • APRIL 29TH: CMD & The Nomads. Featuring: Chris Minh Doky, Dave Weckl, Dean Brown George Whitty

TVE'S LA 2, will broadcast 11 concerts from the 18th edition of the san javier jazz festival from september 1ST to the 17th

august 12th 2015
Between September 1st and the 17th, TVE's La 2 will broadcast a total of 11 concerts from the 18th edition of the San Javier Jazz Festival as part of their special, "Summer Festivals", which includes the most important jazz and blues festivals in Spain. The concert will air in a varied schedule between 1:00 am and 3:00 am.
The schedule is the following:

  • TuesdaY 1st: Tony DeSare Quartet
  • Wednesday 2nd: John Hiatt
  • Thursday 3rd: Jethro Tull's Martin Barre
  • Monday 7th: Larry Graham & Graham Central Station
  • Tuesday 8th: Antonio Lizana Septeto
  • wednesday 9th: Dianne Reeves
  • Thursday 10th: Bill Charlap Trio Feat. Peter Washington y Kenny Washington
  • monday 14th: Richard Galliano New Musette Quartet
  • tuesday 15th: Our Spanish Heart feat. Carles Benavent, Antonio Serrano y Tomasito
  • Wednesday 16th: Joe Louis Walker
  • Thursday 17th: Ruthie Foster


AUGUST 19TH 2015

Murcia'as regional television station 7RM will retransmit concerts from the 18th edition of the San Javier Jazz Festival 2015 on Saturdays after the Saturday night movie, at around 12 midnight, starting on August 22nd. The first concerts will be the following:

    • FlamenCuba w/ Antonio Carmona
    • Picazo, De Lera, Cucciardi & GUESTSInvitados
    • Ginesa Ortega & Raynald Colom Quarteto
    • Lynne Arriale, Grace Kelly and Cecile Verny presentan “Cinema”
  • SATUrDAY SepTEMber 5TH:
    • Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne & The Drew Davies Rhythm Combo
    • Janiva Magness
    • NetTwork. Featuring: Charnett Moffett, Stanley Jordan, Jeff “Tain” Watts & Casimir Liberski
    • Enrique Heredia “Negri”. GUESTS: Jerry González y Montse Cortés
    • Carla Cook & Albert Bover Trio
    • Royal Southern Brotherhood

We will update more information on the remaining concerts when it becomes available.


AUGUST 20TH 2015
On Saturday August 29th at 10:00 p.m., RNE's Radio 3 will air a special in the San Javier Jazz Festival.


aUgUst 15th 2015
The Festival del Cante de las Minas in La Unión, Murcia, currently hosting its 55th edition has honoured the San Javier International Jazz Festival with the 'Pencho Cros' award in the "Promotion of Music" category in recognition of the festival's "exceptional job in the spread and promotion of flamenco-jazz". On August 14th in La Unión City Hall, de Mayor of La Unión, Pedro López Millán handed the award over to the Mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo Gallego, as a representative of the town. Also present for the award ceremony were San Javier's Cultural Councillor David Martínez Gómez, and the Director of the Festival, Alberto Nieto.

John Hiatt, Larry Graham, Richard Galliano, Joe Louis Walker y Janiva Magness, se incorporan, junto a otros grandes artistas, al programa de Jazz San Javier 2015

El Festival completa un programa en el que también figuran Jackson Browne, Dianne Reeves, Brad Mehldau, y Tony DeSare, entre otras estrellas

MAY 5tH 2015
El Festival de Jazz de San Javier ha hecho pública la programación completa de su 18 edición que incluye numerosos artistas que visitan por primera vez el Festival, en una de las ediciones más eclécticas de los últimos años. La vocalista Dianne Reeves recibirá el Premio del XVIII Festival de Jazz de San Javier dedicado a la memoria de Joe Sample, Charlie Haden, Jimmy Scott y Tim Hauser, (uno de los fundadores de Manhattan Transfer), fallecidos el pasado año.

El Festival, que se celebrará del 3 al 31 de julio, con 24 conciertos en 13 noches, otorga un gran protagonismo a grandes bajistas como Chris Minh Doky, con su nuevo proyecto CMD&The Nomads, el legendario Larry Graham, que fuera bajista de la mítica banda Sly & The Family Stone, que actuará con la Graham Central Station, Carles Benavent que lidera “Our Spanish Heart”, un tributo a la música de Chick Corea, y Charnett Moffet, líder del supergrupo Nettwork.

Alberto Nieto, director del Festival de Jazz de San Javier compareció, acompañado por el alcalde de San Javier, Juan Martínez y la concejal de Cultura, Inmaculada García para dar a conocer la totalidad del programa que incluye la presencia de John Hiatt, uno de los músicos más influyentes de Estados Unidos, compositor, guitarrista y cantante que presentará su nuevo disco “Terms Of My Surrender” en Jazz San Javier, donde protagonizará un aclamado regreso tras su memorable concierto de hace tres años.

Martin Barre, guitarrista de los legendarios Jethro Tull durante 43 años y toda una referencia en la historia del rock, ofrecerá un concierto junto a su banda en el que sonarán grandes éxitos tanto de Jethro Tull como de su carrera en solitario.

Las novedades desveladas hoy por el director del Festival, Alberto Nieto, incluyen el estreno en Jazz San Javier del Trío de uno de los mejores pianistas del jazz americano, Bill Charlap al que acompañan dos prestigiosos músicos como el contrabajista Peter Washington y el baterista Kenny Washington.

Entre los regresos más esperados figura el del gran acordeonista francés Richard Galliano que vuelve al Festival con su nuevo grupo, y acompañado por el guitarrista Sylvain Luc para rendir homenaje a Edith Piaf con un concierto dedicado a la gran dama de la canción francesa en el centenario de su nacimiento.

Tres grandes del blues-rock pisarán por primera vez el escenario del auditorio Parque Almansa, sede de Jazz San Javier como Janiva Magness, cantante de soul y blues norteamericana, de gran capacidad interpretativa, que acaba de recibir tres nominaciones a los 2015 Blues Music Award, por su último disco “Origin” (2014), que presentará, junto a su banda, en Jazz San Javier.

También debutará en Jazz San Javier Ruthie Foster, cantante, guitarrista y compositora de Texas, a la que se ha comparado con Bonnie Raitt y Aretha Franklin. El blues-rock sureño sonará en esta edición de Jazz San Javier con la banda Royal Southern Brotherhood liderada por el cantante y percusionista Cyril Neville, miembro también de la legendaria banda de Nueva Orleans The Neville Brothers.

La pianista de jazz y compositora estadounidense, Lynne Arriale vuelve a colaborar con la joven saxofonista y vocalista Grace Kelly, en su nuevo proyecto, “Cinema”, un concierto dedicado a grandes canciones del cine junto a la prestigiosa vocalista Cécile Verny.

El programa dado a conocer incluye el regreso de Joe Louis Walker, uno de los bluesman en activo más admirados, que se ha ganado su ingreso en el Blues Hall of Fame, y que presenta en Jazz San Javier su último disco “Hornet's Nest”, uno de los más espectaculares de su carrera.

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, pianista y cantante norteamericano que se mueve entre el blues y el boogie-woogie, en la estela de Fats Domino, ofrecerá un concierto en el Festival de Jazz San Javier junto al espectacular combo del saxofonista británico Drew Davies.

La presencia española, que será la mayor de la historia del Festival, aportará sorpresas y novedades. “Flamencuba” reúne lo mejor de la música cubana, el jazz latino y el flamenco, con la participación, a propuesta de Jazz San Javier, de Antonio Carmona. El ex componente de Ketama se suma a un nutrido grupo de prestigiosos músicos cubanos y españoles, liderado por el pianista cubano Javier Massó “Caramelo”.

Carles Benavent, Antonio Serrano y Tomasito participan de la producción del Festival de Jazz de San Javier “Our Spanish Heart” en la que se rinde homenaje a Chick Corea interpretando sus mejores composiciones.

Enrique Heredia “Negri” volverá a Jazz San Javier con “Mano a Mano”, un disco en el que reinterpreta temas de Armando Manzanero y una selección de éxitos de su carrera, acompañado por el trompetista y percusionista Jerry Gonzalez y la cantaora Montse Cortés, como artistas invitados.

El pianista Albert Bover con su trío, ofrecerá, junto a la expresiva voz de la cantante de Detroit Carla Cook, un concierto de estándares del jazz y de la música brasileña.

La frontera entre el Jazz y la música clásica será el espacio en el que se mueva el concierto que ofrecerán el pianista Daniel Picazo, el contrabajista Diego de Lera y el baterista Felipe Cucciardi, que han contado con el saxofonista Kiko Berenguer, y el trompetista Voro García para esta experiencia musical a la que se suma el sonido del cello y la voz de una mezzosoprano.

Los músicos españoles dados a conocer hoy se suman a los que ya figuraban en el adelanto del programa como el Cuarteto del trompetista Raynald Colom con la cantaora catalana Ginesa Ortega, y la presentación de Antonio Lizana, cantante saxofonista y compositor gaditano.

En el avance de programa que se dio a conocer en marzo pasado se anunciaron presencias destacadas como la de Jackson Browne, uno de los grandes cantautores estadounidenses del género conocido como country-rock o “Americana” que presentará su nuevo disco “Standing In the Beach”. La gran dama del jazz norteamericano, Dianne Reeves vuelve a Jazz San Javier con su último trabajo “Beautiful Life” que le ha valido el Grammy al Mejor Álbum de Jazz Vocal 2014. Otra de las presencias ya anunciadas es la del crooner Tony DeSare al que se ha comparado con Frank Sinatra y con otros revivalistas como John Pizzarelli. A todo ello se suman dos supergrupos como Nettwork, formado por un cuarteto de estrellas como Charnett Moffet, Stanley Jordan, Jeff “Tain” Watts y Cyrus Chesnut, y el grupo liderado por Chris Minh Doky, CMD & The Nomads, con Dave Weckl, Dean Brown y George Whitty.

La concejal de Cultura, Inmaculada García anunció novedades en la venta de entradas que en esta edición se podrán comprar de manera directa en la web del festival, sin que suponga coste adicional. Asimismo se podrá imprimir directamente la entrada desde la web lo que evitará su retirada en taquilla. El precio del abono será de 125 euros e incluye todas las noches de concierto excepto la del 6 de julio con Jackson Browne que costará 35 euros. El precio de las entradas será de 15 euros en 9 de las noches del Festival, 18 euros en una de las noches, y 20 euros en las 2 restantes.

El alcalde de San Javier Juan Martínez felicitó a Alberto Nieto y su equipo por la calidad del programa presentado para el Festival de Jazz de San Javier que por sí mismo y junto al resto de festivales de verano del municipio como el de Teatro, Música y Danza, y Pecata Minuta, suponen no solo una atractiva oferta cultural, sino un potente instrumento de promoción turística y económica de nuestro municipio.




The preview for the Jazz San Javier 2015 roster includes several prominent artists like Jackson Browne, Brad Mehldau, Dianne Reeves and Tony DeSare

Vocalist Dianne Reeves will receive the XVIII Festival Jazz San Javier Award. Other musicians included in the program preview are, the quartet "Network" with Charnett Moffet, Stanley Jordan, Jeff "Tain" Watts and Cyrus Chestnut, and the supergroup CMD & The Nomads, led by Chris Minh Doky. The preview also announced the presence of several Spanish musicians like Ginesa Ortega and Raynald Colom Quartet, as well as the Antonio Lizana, a native of Cádiz.

MARCH 17tH 2015
A vintage style blues harmonica player created by applying several techniques to a photograph of two musicians is at the centre of this year's poster, and will serve as the festival's image. The poster was presented on March 18th by the festival's director, Alberto Nieto, who was accompanied by the Mayor of San Javier, Juan Martinez and the Councillor of Culture, Inmaculada García.

One of the most notable performers on the roster is Jackson Browne (1948), one of the great American singer-songwriters of the country-rock or ‘Americana’ genre. On his first visit to Jazz San Javier, he will present his new album
Standing In the Breach (Warner, 2014). This best selling musician has sold over 18 million albums in the US alone, and had a worldwide hit with the famous "Stay" by Maurice Williams. Jackson has had a long career which began back in the 70s, and continues up until present day. With his latest recording he proves that his talent, as well as his social commitment remain intact.

The great lady of American jazz, Dianne Reeves, returns to San Javier after releasing her latest album, the first after a five year hiatus from the recording studios,
Beautiful Live which has earned her the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2014. Hailed by critics as the "successor of Dinah Washington and Carmen McRae", after she emerged into the music scene in the 80s, Dianne is a particularly versatile singer, able to transition from classic jazz to R&B, to soul, to pop and Latin Music. Her latest album has a bit of everything, including versions of songs by Bob Marley like "Waiting in Vain" and Marvin Gaye's "I Want You", among many others.

Brad Mehldau, one of the great jazz pianists promises to be one of the most prominent presences of the next edition of the Festival, where he will perform with his official Trio. Considered to be the best pianist of his generation, he has defined the secret of the piano trio in recent decades, with his highly regarded trio. It is with this trio that he recorded a series of five albums under the title
The Art of The Trio.

Crooner Tony DeSare (1976) who has been compared to Frank Sinatra and other revivalists like Harry Connick Jr., or John Pizzarelli, will perform for the first time in Spain preceded by great success in the United States where he has released four albums. Devoted to the Great American Songbook, Tony DeSare, who is also a pianist and composer, performs not only music by Gershwin and Ray Charles, but also Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney or Prince, whose song "Kiss" is included on the album
Last First Kiss (2007).

The preview released by Alberto Nieto also includes the presence of two supergroups, the first, Network, formed by a quartet of stars led by the great bassist Charnett Moffet, who has performed with some of the greats like Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie and Herbie Hancock. The guitarist Stanley Jordan, who is able to leave audience breathless ever since his famous "Magic Touch" (Blue North 1985); Jeff "Tain" Watts, one of the most popular drummers in the world, and pianist Cyrus Chestnut make up this luxurious quartet.

Another current group that will perform in Jazz San Javier 2015 is CMD & The Nomads. The group's formation includes its leader Chris Minh Doky, the most prestigious Danish bassist; drummer Dave Weckl; the brilliant jazz funk guitarist, Dean Brown, and George Whitty on keyboards. Four stars whose synergy gives rise to one of the best live sounds of electric jazz and funk of today.

As usual, since its inception, Jazz San Javier continues to pay special attention to Spanish jazz, and according to the director, Alberto Nieto, the next edition will feature two Spanish groups that are among the flamenco jazz elite. Catalonian Ginesa Ortega, one of the most interesting and versatile voices in flamenco, as evidenced when she performed with ‘La Fura dels Baus’, or interpreted "El Amor Brujo" de Falla. She will explore the fusion of jazz and flamenco alongside trumpet player Raynald Colom's quartet, also known as the "Catalonian Miles Davis".

A native of Cádiz, singer, saxophonist and composer Antonio Lizana, will debut in Jazz San Javier with his group. Not one for conventionalisms, this excellent saxophonist and singer offers a vibrant live performance, bursting with freshness and intensity, in his own unique style where he effortlessly transitions between flamenco and jazz. In 2012 he recorded his first album,
De Viento (Flamenco de la Isla) and has already completed a second, but still manages to collaborate with other artists like Miguel Rios, Chambao, or Raimundo Amador, among others, as well as with groups like Afro-latin-jazz Arturo O'Farrill Orchestra at Symphony Place in New York.

The mayor of San Javier, Juan Martinez mentioned "the strong commitment between the entire municipal council and Jazz San Javier, which is a very important element for tourism promotion as well as a an income source for the township.

Councillor for Culture, Inmaculada Martinez highlighted everyone's commitment to continue with festival in recent years and the high level of quality of the roster announced in advanced. The councillor thanked the work of municipal staff working for the Festival, as well as the support of the sponsors.

The Festival does not have a definitive schedule yet but it could range from July 3rd to July 31st. The announcement of the full program is planned for the first or second week of April.


DECEMBER 20th 2014
Channel 7 Region de Murcia will retransmit nine additional concerts from the past edition of the San Javier International Jazz Festival starting on December 20th through to February 14th 2015. The retransmission of all the concerts will take place after the Saturday night movie, and will begin between 11:00 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.

The program is the following:


  • Saturday December 20th: Pink Turtle

  • Saturday December 27th: Sergio Monroy Sexteto

  • Saturday January 3rd: Mary Stallings & Eric Reed Trio

  • Saturday January 10th: Triosence

  • Saturday de January 17th: Bassment Project

  • Saturday January 24th: Freddy Cole

  • Saturday January 31st: Giovanni Mirabassi & Melanie Dahan

  • Saturday February 7th: Marc Berthoumieux Quartet

  • Saturday February 14th: Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin

TEN CONCERTS FROM THE XVII Edition of the san javier jazz festival WILL AIR ON CHANNEL 7 Region de Murcia

OCTOBER 9th 2014
Channel 7 Region de Murcia will retransmit ten concerts from the past edition of the San Javier International Jazz Festival starting on October 11th through to December 13th. The retransmission of all the concerts will take place after the Saturday night movie, and will begin between 11:00 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.

The concert which will be retransmitted are the following:


  • Saturday October 11th: Michel Camilo Trio

  • Saturday October 18th: Sole Giménez y la Seda Jazz Band “Recordando a Bebo: la música de Chico y Rita”.

  • Saturday October 25th: Booker T. Jones

  • Saturday November 1st: Chicago Blues “A Living History”

  • Saturday November 8: Chuck Loeb & Friends Featuring Eric Marienthal

  • Saturday November 15th: Lluís Coloma Septet

  • Saturday November 22nd: Lucrecia & Havana Street Band

  • Saturday November 29th: Pegasus

  • Saturday December 6th: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

  • Saturday December 13th: The Family Stone

The retransmission dates of the rest of the concerts from the 2014 edition of Jazz San Javier will be announced on a later date.


AUGUST 27th 2014

Next Saturday August 30th, from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 am, Spanish National Radio's Radio 3 will air a special program dedicated to the 2014 San Javier International Jazz Festival.

Spanish tv's La 2 will retransmit ten concerts FROM THE 2014 SAN JAVIER JAZZ FESTIVAL in the month of september

august 10th 2014
The concerts will air between 12:00 a.m. and 01.00 a.m. as part of the Summer Festivals program. The concerts will also be viewable through RTVE's a la Carte section for 15 days after its original broadcast.

The scheduled programming is as follows:

  • Wednesday September 3rd: Michel Camilo Trío

  • Thursday September 4th: Booker T. Jones

  • Monday September 8th: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

  • Tuesday September 9th: The Family Stone

  • Wednesday September 10th: Mary Stallings & Eric Reed Trio

  • Thursday September 11th: Chicago Blues ‘A Living History’

  • Monday September15th: Sole Giménez and the SedaJazz Band

  • Tuesday September 16th: Lucrecia and Havana Street Band

  • Wednesday September 17th: Chuck Loeb & Friends + Eric Marienthal

  • Thursday September 18th: Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin

Also on the radio
On the other hand Spanish National Radio 3 is expected to retransmit nine concerts which will be announced accordingly through this website.



Bobby McFerrin, Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, The Family Stone, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Chicago Blues “A living history”, join other great names in the Jazz San Javier program

MaY 6th 2014

The complete program for the San Javier Jazz Festival was announced on May 6th in the San Javier Museum, in the presence of the Mayor, Juan Martínez, the Cultural Councilor, Inmaculada García and the Director of the Festival, Alberto Nieto. The program includes other great musicians like the guitarist Chuck Loeb with a band that includes saxophonist Eric Marienthal, the pianist from Cádiz Sergio Monroy who will pay tribute to Paco de Lucía, to whom the festival is dedicated, the young British soul band, Bassment Project, and singer Lucrecia with the Havana Street Band, and bolero pianist Moncho as a guest artist.

Jazz, Blues and Soul in a festival completed with the previously announced stars like George Benson, Michel Camilo Trio, Freddy Cole, Lucky Peterson, Mary Stallings & Eric Reed Trio, Giovanni Mirabassi with Melanie Dahan, accordionist Marc Berthoumieux, Triosence and Spaniards Lluís Coloma Septeto, Pegasus and Sole Giménez with the Sedajazz Big Band in a tribute to Bebo Valdés.

One of the most awaited dates will be Bobby McFerrin's first visit to San Javier, a magical singer and one of the most popular jazz singers in the world, partly because of the song "Don't Worry Be Happy" which has become an absolute classic. It has been a long time since he has performed with a large band like he will in San Javier where he will present his latest album Spirityouall, a tribute to spiritual American music.

Alberto Nieto announced another awaited visit, Lee Ritenour, a legend of the guitar who will perform with Dave Grusin, one of the greatest living movie soundtrack composers in the world, who composed amongst many others the Academy Award winning soundtrack to the movie The Milagro Beanfield War. In their performance in San Javier they will joined by two other great musicians, electric bassist Tom Kennedy and jazz fusion drummer, Will Kennedy.

The music of New Orleans has sounded in Jazz San Javier on more than one occasion, and this time it will come from none other than Preservation Hall Jazz Band, one of the most important institutions charged with maintaining and promoting the classical style of New Orleans. It is a band with more than fifty years of history whose permanent venue, Preservation Hall, is located in the French Quarter of the city, and which currently has one of its most impressive lineups in its long history.

The Festival Director broke down one by one all the new acts which were announced, and he highlighted the first and only concert in Spain of The Family Stone, which along with Earth, Wind and Fire, was one of the most important soul-funk bands of the 70s. With three of its original members and two new vocalists, the band from San Francisco, maintains the complete repertoire of the  famous band Sly & The Family Stone.

Chicago Blues: "A Living History", is actually a festival of its own within Jazz San Javier, according to the Festival Director. The band is formed by ten excellent musicians who rotate into different formations to honor and review all the styles of Chicago Blues.

Along with legends of music, Jazz San Javier counts with emerging artists with contrasted solvency, like the young British formation out of London, Bassment Project formed by ten musicians, who after triumphing with their live performances have recorded their first album, which they will perform in San Javier along with their particular versions of current songs and soul classics.

The vocalist Lucreia had a successful debut in Jazz San Javier, and she returns with an excellent band of Cuban musicians residing in Spain, Havanna Street Band, with guest artist, bolero musician, Moncho, whom she has never performed before in a live concert.

Jazz fusion guitarist Chuck Loeb, an old friend of Jazz San Javier, returns with a spectacular band of musicians, among them saxophonist Eric Marienthal, who once formed part of the Chick Corea Electric Band.

The notable Spanish presence will include the presence of the pianist from Cádiz, Sergio Monroy who will present his new album along with his sextet, and will perform a tribute to his compatriot Paco de Lucia, to whom this year's festival is dedicated.

The extensive program for the 17th edition of the Festival which will be held from July 5th to August 5th, with 13 nights and 22 concerts is completed with the artists which were previously announced during the preview, like fantastic guitarist George Benson, who will present his new album A Tribute to Nat King Cole. Precisely Nat King Cole's brother, Freddy Cole will also perform in Jazz San Javier, where he will receive the Festival Award in acknowledgement of his career.

Michel Camilo returns to Jazz San Javier with his new album What's Up, which won the Grammy Award for best Latin Jazz Album. One of the most notable performances of this edition will be Booker T. Jones's, a key figure of classic soul, who will perform for the first time in San Javier, with a repertoire of classics from his legendary band Booker T. and the MG's, and a second part with soul classics.

The program also includes Lucky Peterson, the "Prince of Blues", and vocalists like Mary Stallings and Eric Reed; French singer Melanie Dahan who will perform with Italian pianist Giovanni Mirabassi; and the Spaniard Sole Giménez who alongside the Sedajazz Big Band will pay homage to Bebo Valdés with music from the film "Chico & Rita".

The Spanish presence is reinforced with blues pianist Lluís Coloma, and the legendary Catalonian group Pegasus. Arriving from France, accordion player Marc Berthoumieux whose quartet will present his album In Other Words, with versions of tracks from Sting or Elton John amongst others. European music, ever-present in the Festival also includes the French group Pink Turtle, and the young German group Triosence, one of the best piano trios of the old continent.

The Mayor of San Javier, Juan Martínez, and the Cultural Councilor, Inmaculada García both highlighted the quality of the program, and thanked the support of the Festival's audience. They also emphasized the hard work of the Festival Director and his team. Juan Martínez reiterated the commitment of the local council in support of the Jazz Festival, and outlined its dynamic role, not only culturally and financially, but also in attracting local tourism.

The Cultural Councilor, Inmaculada García, explained the continuity of  the adjusted price policy, which aims to bring  jazz to the general public. García, mentioned that the tickets can be bought on Ticketmaster, or in the Festival Offices (+34 968 191568 - +34 968 191588) located in Plaza España, San Javier starting on Monday May 12th, although reservation for tickets and season passes can be made starting on the day of the preentation. The price of the tickets vary from 15 to 18 euros, except for Bobby McFerrin and George Benson which will cost 35 euros each. These two concerts are the only ones not included in the season pass, which include the remaining eleven nights, and has a cost of 120 euros.


March 13th 2014
The festival which will be held from July 5th to August 3rd and whose promotional image pays homage to the women of jazz, has released a preview of this year's traditional lineup with a very strong presence of jazz, blues and soul..

The Director of the festival, Alberto Nieto, joined by the Mayor of San Javier, Juan Martinez, and the Councillor of Culture, Inmaculada Garcia, presented a preview of the program for the XVII edition of the Festival, which will begin on July 5th with a performance by George Benson, "a living legend of contemporary music, and one of the best guitarists in the history of jazz".

In San Javier, George Benson will present his new album
My Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, which he recorded with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, and the participation of the exceptional Wynton Marsalis.

Another distinguished name on the program which was announced during the presentation which took place at San Javier City Hall, is that of Nat King Cole's brother, Freddy Cole, "one of the still active classic jazz greats", who will receive the San Javier Jazz Festival 2014 Award in acknowledgement of his career. Freddy Cole will come to San Javier after having launched his latest album This and That in 2013,
which features interpretations of classic tracks like "Everybody's Talkin'", from the film "Midnight Cowboy".

Michel Camilo, recent winner of a Grammy Award for best Latin Jazz Album for his album
What's Up?, which combines latin rhythms with jazz, returns to San Javier where he has been acclaimed on two previous occasions, this time in a trio format.

Booker T. Jones, the leader of the legendary band Bookert T. and the MG's, and one of the key figures of classic soul, will perform for the first time in San Javier, dedicating part of his repertoire to the great instrumental songs popularized by the aforementioned band. In the other part of his performance he will sing some of the great classic soul titles and some songs from his latest albums.

Lucky Peterson, "The Prince of Blues", and one of the most complete artists of the genre, as an organist, guitarist and vocalist, returns to San Javier, which has always displayed a special fondness for the blues, and where he has already left a mark with his electrifying performances.

The great vocalist, and lady of jazz, Mary Stallings, with Eric Reed Trio, Sole Giménez with Sedajazz Big Band, and the French vocalist Melanie Dahan who will form a duo with the Italian pianist Giovanni Mirabasi, are three of the first female stars revealed in this edition, which once again honours the women of jazz in its poster, created by Ramón Torres, which features the image of a female jazz vocalist.

The legendary Catalonian band Pegasus, the magnificent blues pianist Lluís Coloma with his septet, and the Sedajazz Big Band, which will perform
Remembering Bebo: The Music of Chico & Rita, alongside Sole Giménez, are three of the Spanish participants revealed by the San Javier Jazz Festival, which, like every year, puts its support behind Spanish jazz.

Jazz San Javier has also historically supported European Jazz, this year's program preview, not only includes the Italian pianist Giovanni Mirabassi, and the French singer Melanie Dahan, but it also features French accordionist Marc Berthoumieux's quartet which will present his album
In Other Words, with versions of tracks from Sting, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Michael Jackson, along with a beautiful mix of French music and jazz.

Also hailing from France is another band which has triumphed at Jazz San Javier, Pink Turtle, which returns with some changes in its lineup of seven musicians, which now will include a female singer. Pink Turtle will continue to present its peculiar interpretations of great songs from rock and pop in a key of jazz, which never fail to win over the audience within the first few minutes of their very entertaining live performances.

The European quota also includes the German band Triosence, one the most solid piano trios in Europe, lead by prestigious pianist and composer Bernhard Schüler.

The complete program will be announced in mid April.

The Mayor of San Javier, Juan Martínez Pastor, highlighted the quality of the Festival's program preview, which this year has increased its budget by ten percent. Martínez reiterated the San Javier City Council's support of the Jazz Festival, and emphasized its cultural, tourist and economic profitability

The Tourism Councillor, Inmaculada García, guaranteed the adjusted price policy of previous years to make jazz accessible to all aficionados, and announced that season pass reservations can be made starting today at the Festival Offices (Tel: +34 968 19 15 68 - +34 19 15 88), as well as tickets reservations for the George Benson concert, which will have a price of 35 euros. García thanked the work of the team which works on the Festival, and the fidelity of its sponsors.

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