Jazz builds on Rock

Building on last year’s success, the second Gibraltar Jazz Festival in October will feature Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with Spice Girl Melanie C

The second Gibraltar Jazz Festival will take place this autumn from 17 to 19 October, with Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra headlining.

Holland will be joined by former Squeeze drummer Gilson Lavis, former Spice Girl Melanie C, and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.

Other acts confirmed for the three-day festival are saxophonist and Berklee professor Dan Moretti, guitarist and singer Elie Massias, singer/songwriter Kirsty Almeida and her Troubadours, the Juan Galiardo Quintet, bassist and president of the Gibraltar Jazz Society George Posso and his trio, and the New Orleans Jump Band. The festival will take place on Main Street, Gibraltar, on the western coast of the peninsula.

Berklee workshops
Jazz workshops will also run with Dan Moretti, Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, from 14 to 16 October. Application forms for the workshops can be downloaded from gibraltarjazz.gi and submitted after 1 October. Workshop enquiries can be made to The Ministry of Culture, tel: +350 20049167 or +350 54010061 or +350 20047592, or email: francis.rumbo@culture.gov.gi.

The power of jazz
Steven Linares, Gibraltar’s Minister for Culture, said: "Following on from our first festival last year, which was a great success, we are happy to announce the second Gibraltar International Jazz Festival. The combination of local talent and internationally recognised musicians which worked so well last year will again be repeated this year."

Last year's inaugural festival came after several years' apparently unsuccessful lobbying by local enthusiasts Dominique Searle and George Posso.

Searle explained: "Just as we gave up hope of anything happening, and with no contact at all from us, I opened the election manifesto for the 2011 general election and was amazed to see that a jazz festival for Gibraltar was an electoral promise and part of a wider cultural programme aimed at stimulating cultural tourism and adding to local cultural activity. The new government once elected - such is the power of jazz -  contacted the society for advice and guidance and basically gave us a couple of months to come up with a festival.

"June 2012 was fantastic although we had a lot to learn on venue etc, overall it went down really very well. It was also free, a model I had suggested as it had been the way the Granada Costa festival in Almunecar, Granada had evolved in its first years. At that stage free can be cheaper than charging. The main challenge Gibraltar had was to building on hotel infrastructure and that is something that the government has made moves on, not least with a floating hotel which is due to be operational in a few weeks time."

More information can be found and will be added over the summer at gibraltarjazz.gi, as well as on the festival’s Facebook page.

Sally Evans-Darby

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