The Afro-Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés and the tribute to Amy Winehouse star in Xàbia Jazz 2022

The festival will celebrate its XXI edition from August 6 to 8 without capacity and with free tickets to popularize jazz in the Marina Alta
The councilor and the Culture technique in the presentation of the Xàbia Jazz festival / Town Hall of Xàbia

He Xàbia Jazz it exceeds the barrier of twenty editions with more force than ever. the veteran festival, a classic of summer nights in Xàbia, will celebrate its XXI edition from August 6 to 8. There is no capacity quota, so it will not be necessary to reserve a seat or any formality, and the entrance will be completely free.

The councilor of Culture, Quico Moragues, has revealed this year's poster, which has the Afro-Cuban pianist as its main protagonist chucho valdes, winner of 6 awards Grammys and another 4 Latin Grammys (among them the best jazz album 2022).

Valdés is the most influential figure in the modern history of Afro-Cuban jazz. Throughout a career spanning more than 60 years, both leading his orchestras and as a soloist, he has distilled elements of the Afro-Cuban musical tradition, jazz, classical music, and rock into an intensely personal style.

In Xàbia he will perform on the night of Saturday August 6 in quartet format. The concert will be at 10:30 p.m. in the Plaza de la Constitución and admission will be free. And it is that, as Moragues explained, like last year, .

The festival will have its second assault on the night of Sunday the 7th with another very interesting proposal; The Original Jazz Orchestra (OJO, from the Taller de Músics de Catalunya) and the powerful singer Monique Makon will offer Back to Amy, the first tribute to Amy Winehouse with a big band in Spain and which will review 12 of the best-known songs by the late British performer.

The event will close with a totally festive concert on the night of Monday 8, that of Le Dancing Pepa Swing Band, a Valencian band specialized in New York music from the 20s and with an energy that revolutionizes the dance floors. In the first edition of «World Jam» Le Dancing Pepa positioned itself as one of the best bands in swing International, so there are several swing schools that have been interested in attending the concert in Xàbia to enjoy dancing.

The Culture technician, Pepa Roig, has pointed out that the 2022 festival is presented as very fun, energetic and varied. Roig recalled that in its 21 editions Xàbia Jazz has been the scene of important soloists and the big names on the circuit, as well as emerging values that have later become key names in national jazz, such as Andrea Motis.

Roig has pointed out that this contest has contributed to popularize the jazz genre in the region and to support Valencian jazz, which has always had a place on the programme.

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