Barcelona 42nd Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival

Nov 03 - Dec 02, 2010

Founded in 1966, the Barcelona International Jazz festival is among the oldest jazz festivals in Europe, The annual Fall jazz marathon spans from October to November and includes lectures by journalists and scholars, artists interviews and upwards of 50 paid and free concerts. City-wide programming at a multitude of venues is geared for all ages plus wine tastings and gastronomical themed events related to jazz. The 2009 festival concluded in New York with Chano Dominguez premiering 'The Flamenco Side of Kind of Blue' for U.S. audiences at Jazz Standard.

According to Larry Blumenfeld at 'The Wall Street Journal', the festival «speak of a still-vital and deep-rooted Catalan connection to American jazz. […] The festival was created in 1966; its 1969 edition included a performance of Duke Ellington's second Sacred Concert at Barcelona's Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral, with the Ellington orchestra augmented by a Catalan choir. 'Our concert hit a new and unforgettable high,' Ellington recalled in his autobiography, 'Music Is My Mistress.'» "In Barcelona, the audience entered into the spirit of the finale, they burst into the aisles and joined in the dancing."

Besides its roster for 2010, the festival will present highly anticipated programs at the world renowned Monvínic, which the 'Wall Street Journal' proclaimed as "the best wine bar in the world." Between them, the "Kurt Rosenwinkel Monvínic Experience," where the American guitarist will improvise to the taste of classic Spanish wines presented by the vignerons themselves and the highly-regarded sommelier Josep Roca, co-owner of the famous three-star restaurant El Celler de Can Roca. Blue Note Records President Bruce Lundvall will also present the "Story of Blue Note" along with pairing wines in a discussion with Joan A. Cararach, artistic director of the festival since 2003.

Palau de la Música, Auditori, Luz de Gas and some other venues


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