Also confirmed on the programme are Joe Jackson, Atomic, Moppa Elliott, Charles McPherson and Houston Person
Tickets can be purchased from midday on February 21
The 54 Heineken Jazzaldia will kick off from the heights: two stars of sublime calibre will perform on the Heineken Green Stage in the evening and night-time sessions scheduled for July 24.
Joan Baez is unquestionably one of popular music’s leading icons. Her voice has been up there with the best of the folk scene throughout her career. This will be her farewell tour. The people of San Sebastian will pay a tribute to her by flocking en masse to the Zurriola Beach. Her performance will be a huge event.
The same stage will also be the setting, as previously announced, for Jamie Cullum, one of the most popular and acclaimed vocal jazz frontmen. His charm, energy and unrivalled voice keep him going strong as one of the artists to cause most excitement on the best of programmes. He loves Donostia and Donostia loves him. The love story continues.
Other names join those already announced: Sílvia Pérez Cruz, with the Brazilian guitarist and singer Toquinho and the double bass player from Navarra, Javier Colina, will close the concerts in the Plaza de la Trinidad on July 28. The veteran sax players Houston Person and Charles McPherson will also perform in the Trinidad, fronting their groups on July 27 and 28.
The singer Martirio and the pianist Chano Domínguez have recently recorded an album in homage to the compositions of the brilliant Cuban musician Bola de Nieve. They will present a morning session at San Sebastian’s Victoria Eugenia Theatre – Skoda Space.
Joe Jackson, performing his latest album, will be among the protagonists to give concerts in the Kursaal Auditorium – Kutxabank Space.
The Scandinavian group Atomic, which left a huge impression in their three consecutive performances on the Kursaal Terraces some ten years back, return with a reworked, enlarged version, incorporating 8 musicians from Norway’s Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. Today Atomic is the supergroup of European jazz.
Moppa Elliott has been the bass player and leader since its creation of Mostly Other People Do the Killing. MOPDtK, for short, is one of the groups most difficult to define, a fresh and leading-edge exponent of 21st century jazz. Today, Moppa brings us his new group, Unspeakable Garbage, with all the energy of a rock band and the quality guaranteed by its members, such as the saxophonist Jon Irabagon and the pianist Ron Stabinsky (both members of MOPDtK).
And, of course, the already-announced presence of John Zorn with the 30 musicians who will accompany him on the two dates of his Bagatelles Marathon in the Kursaal Auditorium-Kutxabank Space on July 27 and 28: 14 bands provide members including Mary Halvorson, Marc Ribot, Julian Lage, Dave Douglas, Joey Baron, Craig Taborn, Peter Evans, John Medeski, Ikue Mori, Erik Friedlander, Mark Feldman, Sylvie Courvoisier, Kenny Wollesen, Trevor Dunn and Kris Davis.
Diana Krall will play in the Plaza de la Trinidad, as will Maria Schneider, Donny McCaslin, and Joshua Redman with his group Still Dreaming; Neneh Cherry too is confirmed on the Heineken Green Stage.
We also recently announced the season: Japan: Piano and Guitar, featuring the presence of Eri Yamamoto and her trio, accompanied by the Easo Choir; the pianist Ai Kuwabara, solo and with The Project; the trio Fox Capture Plan; the singer and guitarist Rei and the duo made up of the pianist Yuki Arimasa and the guitarist Ryo Ogihara. Admission is free to the majority of the concerts, except Goshu Ondo by the pianist Eri Yamamoto.
A season ticket will be available for all of the sessions in the Plaza de la Trinidad, and another for the four sessions of the Kursaal Auditorium-Kutxabank Space. Anyone wishing to attend the two Bagatelles Marathon sessions but not wanting a season ticket for the Auditorium, will have the option to purchase tickets for both shows with a 10% reduction in the cost.
Tickets and vouchers can also be purchased from the ticket office at the Victoria Eugenia Theatre and from the FNAC Donostia.