Names that pack a punch and heaps of trends among the first confirmations for San Sebastian’s 59th Jazzaldia festival


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The Festival, to run from 23 to 28 July 2024, launches the sale of individual and season tickets for the Trinitate Plaza, Kursaal Auditorioa, San Telmo Museoa and Victoria Eugenia Antzokia


This year’s programme features extraordinary singers: Canadians Rufus Wainwright and Diana Krall, the former making his first-time appearance at the Jazzaldia and the latter, the unquestionable doyenne of female Jazz voices; the Brazilian Marisa Monte, marvellous and unique, a brilliant composer and performer of tremendous charm; the Catalan Sílvia Pérez Cruz, in unbeatable creative form, who brings her latest project; the great Gregory Porter, the most fabulous and iconic of all male Jazz singers; the Korean Youn Sun Nah, delicate and elegant, a performer of delightful allure and spectacular voice.

Particularly interesting are the two seasons dedicated to two extraordinary creators in the field of contemporary Jazz. In the first of the two, sax-player John Zorn will take the lead in three shows – two in the Kursaal Auditorium and a third in the Plaza de la Trinidad. A total of six different line-ups will perform at these three events, with proposals uniting fantastic instrumentalists including Julian Lage, Brian Marsella, Ches Smith, Jorge Roeder, John Medeski, and many others. Providing the cherry on the cake this season, the immense sax-player and composer Zorn himself will perform in the Plaza de la Trinidad with his New Masada Quartet.

The second season dedicated to another great contemporary creator is the one featuring the bass player William Parker, a musician rarely seen in Europe who will give three concerts, with his trio, his duo and his quartet, on three separate stages.

Season tickets have been put together for those wishing to attend all concerts in either of these two seasons.

The list of names announced today includes many other leading lights in the Jazz scene: today’s most creative Jazz pianist, Brad Mehldau, co-fronting a top-notch quartet with Chris Potter on the sax, John Patitucci on the bass and Johnathan Blake on the drums; a pair of legends in our music, formed by John Scofield and Dave Holland; three incredible pianists from the new generation of stars, Marco Mezquida, hailing from the Balearics, Marta Sánchez from Madrid, and Júlio Resende from Portugal.

As a new feature, held of course yet again in the San Telmo Museum, are the strictly unplugged (unamplified) performances by great pianists, but this time coming with the option to enjoy offers in duo format.

For the fourth year in a row, the Victoria Eugenia Theatre will host the tenth edition of JazzEñe, organised by the SGAE Foundation. This year will see four double bills featuring the best of Spanish Jazz. The programme with the eight selected proposals will be announced in spring 2024.

Individual and season tickets for the above concerts are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased in person from the ticket offices, and online from the Jazzaldia and Donostia Kultura websites.

Programme of free concerts:

While tickets are now on sale for concerts in the four paying venues, a large part of the Jazzaldia programme is yet to be announced. Many of these concerts, equally or more important than those announced today, are free of charge and will inundate our city on stages such as the Kursaal Terraces, Keler Gunea and Nauticool.

PDF programme here.

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