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GRAMMY Award Winners Perform at Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

Cabarete, Dominican Republic, October 26, 2017 --( The 21st Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, presented by FEDUJAZZ and the Ministry of Tourism, will host six nights of free concerts recognizing music, culture and the arts beginning in Santo Domingo on October 29, and from November 1 - 5, 2017 in Santiago, Sosúa, Puerto Plata and Cabarete.

Celebrating a rich history spanning over twenty years, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival has enjoyed participation by internationally acclaimed artists such as the prestigious GRAMMY Award winners Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, David Sánchez, Ray Barretto, Néstor Torres, Chucho Valdés, Arturo Sandoval, John Patitucci, Chuck Mangione, and Grammy Award nominee Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martínez.

"The 2017 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival honors the contemporary global dimension of jazz and every night will be dedicated to different countries and their specific point of view," states Marco Pignataro, Artistic Advisor to the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, and Managing Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. "Jazz is truly a modern expression of democracy which keeps renewing itself through the creative encounter of music cultures around the world,” Mr. Pignataro continues.

Festival Date, Show Location, Country Dedication
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - Santo Domingo, Plaza España - France

Big Band of National Conservatory of Music of Santo Domingo Featuring Alain Mallet (Dominican Republic, France)
The Jazz Ensemble from Paris Conservatory Featuring Riccardo del Fra (France)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - Santiago, Centro Leon - Argentina

El Eco with Guillermo Nojechowicz featuring Marco Pignataro, Brian Lynch, Helio Alves, Kim Nazarian & Fernando Huergo (Argentina, Brazil)
Rafelito Mirabal & Sistema Temperado (Dominican Republic)

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - Sosúa, Amphitheatre Hotel Casa Marina - Israel

Javier Vargas and Atre (Dominican Republic)
Roni Eytan Quartet (Israel)
Anat Cohen with the Berklee Global Ambassadors (Israel, USA)

Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, October 29, and November 1 - 5, 2017 (Continued):

Friday, November 3, 2017 - Puerto Plata, Independence Park - Brazil

Guy Frómeta Trío (Dominican Republic)
Trío da Paz (Brazil)

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - Cabarete Beach - United States

George Garzone with the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors (USA)
Sean Jones (USA)
Brian Lynch (USA)

Sunday, November 5, 2017 - Cabarete Beach - Puerto Rico, Italy & DR

Marco Pignataro “Almas Antiguas Quartet” featuring Alan Pasqua, Adam Cruz, Ehud Ettun (Italy, Puerto Rico)
William Cepeda (Puerto Rico)
Fefita la Grande and Special Guests (Dominican Republic)

The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival is sponsored by companies including Jet Blue, Brugal, Berklee Global Jazz Institute, United States Embassy, Lifestyle Holidays, Sea Horse Ranch, Cibao Recycling, Casa Linda, Gratereaux Delva & Associates, Millennium, Viva Wyndham Tangerine, Amhsa Marina, Gansevoort, Banco del Progreso, Israel Embassy, Centro León, Reef Condos, Villa Taina, OK Motors, VH Hotels – Gran Ventana, Blue JackTar, and Emisora Raíces, among others.

All Dominican Republic Jazz Festival shows are free and open to the public, with VIP tickets and priority seating available for purchase. Proceeds of VIP ticket sales benefit FEDUJAZZ, the music education foundation of the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival.

FEDUJAZZ provides free music education for youth of the Dominican Republic. Currently there are one hundred students attending classes at the foundation’s center in Cabarete. Throughout the festival, free music workshops and master classes for local children and FEDUJAZZ students are held at each concert location, led by the renowned international musicians participating in the festival.

Contact FEDUJAZZ for more details at (809) 809-571-9350,

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Dominican Republic Jazz Festival
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Kelly Mearkle
(809) 571-9350

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