10th Version of the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

Best Jazz Festival in the Dominican Republic set to start November 6th

The news of a new version of a Jazz Festival in the Dominican Republic is reason to celebrate and be joyful, even more so when it is of a festival that has earned the respect and admiration of musicians and jazz lovers all over the country and recognition around the jazz world.

This is the case with the DR Jazz Festival, which arrives at it’s tenth version and will be celebrated from November 6-8 on the beach on the island’s north coast town of Cabarete, worldwide renown for Kite and Wind Surfing.

Every year Lorenzo Sancassani, Niurka Rodriguez, Dario Nicodemo and the artist Adolfo Farihnton (his artwork adorns the poster in this article) and the rest of the staff of Cabarete Events provide a festival program of excellent quality, musically and artistically, of world class musicians mixed with very high level local acts. The Festival is an effort to promote the area of Cabarete, providing the opportunity of attending a major jazz fest while being able to enjoy the world class beaches.

Each year the additional highlights include the Saturday morning workshops and Master Classes, the Saturday afternoon Youth Concerts that motivate the young ones to take up, study and develop their musical talents and the Saturday Night Instrument Encounter (a full blown Jam Session whose star is the instrument chosen and it’s players), this year – the saxophone.

The countdown has begun.

Jazz en Dominicana will be reporting on the festival, with articles, concert write-ups, exclusive interviews and more.

We begin by providing the formal program:

Friday 6th of November, 9:00 PM 

1,- Ania Paz Group, (Peru and Dominican Republic)

2,- Holograma Quintet con Chembo Corniel (Puerto Rico and USA)

Saturday 7th of November
10:00 AM 
- Workshops and Master Class
2:00 PM – Youth Concerts
8:30 PM
1,- Fellé Vega + Un Folklore Imaginario (Dominican Republic)

2,- Antonio Sanchez Quintet (Mexico, USA)

3,- Saxophone Encounter – Featuring: Dave Binney, Seamus Blake, Alejandro Aviles, Marco Pignataro & Carlos Estrada

Sunday 8th of November, 9:00 PM

1,- Marco Pignataro Quintet (Italy, USA)

2,- El Canario Jazz Band (Dominican Republic)

Jazz en Dominicana shall continue to inform on the festival in days to come.

Please visit the Festival’s Web Site at:

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