Everything’s ready to go for the Festival, to run in San Sebastian from July 24-28, with 100 performances on 15 stages, more than two-thirds of them free
John Zorn will receive the Donostiako Jazzaldia 2019 Award
The 54th Heineken Jazzaldia will run in San Sebastian from July 24 to 28 with a programme of 100 performances, more than two-thirds of them free for the general public, on 15 different stages. Last year the Festival attracted more than 171,500 spectators to its different venues, including the Zurriola Beach, the Kursaal Auditorium, the Plaza de la Trinidad and the Victoria Eugenia Theatre, all hugely iconic parts of the city.
Among the first-class Festival headliners are Joan Baez, Jamie Cullum, Diana Krall, John Zorn, Donny McCaslin, Maria Schneider, Sílvia Pérez Cruz, Joshua Redman, Joe Jackson and Neneh Cherry, not to mention a long list also including Houston Person, Charles McPherson, Atomic, Moppa Elliott, Martirio & Chano Domínguez, Zahara, Dorian as well as a representation of contemporary Japanese jazz, with figures like Eri Yamamoto and Chihiro Yamanaka.
Donostiako Jazzaldia Award
The Donostiako Jazzaldia Award was introduced in 1994 to acknowledge the career and example of enormously important artists in the past and present of jazz.
The 2019 Award will be presented during the Festival to the North American saxophone player and composer John Zorn, an essential figure of avant-garde jazz.
Those to have been presented with the Award constitute an impressive list of some of the leading jazz talents. They include Doc Cheatham, Hank Jones, Chick Corea, Kenny Barron, Ray Brown, Elvin Jones, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, Shirley Horn, Wayne Shorter, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Ellis Marsalis.