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Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival 2011

Wilbert Sostre reports from the 21st edition of the jazz festival in Puerto Rico

David Sanchez
Stanley Clarke

On its 21th Anniversary, the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival has become an international event. Each year the event features a diversity of local artists as well as the best jazz musicians from around the world.

The first night featured local virtuoso percussionist Richie Flores and Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander. More than 20 years ago, Richie Flores played in the first Puerto Rico Jazz Festival. On the 2011 edition, Richie came back to be the opening act of the festival. This time Richie played with his own group of excellent musicians including Puerto Rican bassist John Benitez, drummer Robby Ameen and pianist Elio Villafranca.

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