Gibraltar's third jazz festival

The Gibraltar Jazz Festival returns for its third year this October, featuring Eliane Elias, Randy Brecker and a week of workshops and jam sessions

Following its successful second edition in 2013, reviewed here, the Gibraltar jazz festival returns this autumn with another week of local and international jazz.

The festival begins 20 October and will feature 16 shows and events including concerts, street parades, jazz workshops and jam sessions.

The concert programme opens 22 October with a launch party at the O’Callaghan Elliott Hotel and a pre-festival jazz night showcasing local talent with the George Posso Trio and other musicians. The trio will also play 23 October prior to the main performance by Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias (pictured) with special guest Randy Brecker.

On Friday 24 October, the Queen’s Cinema will showcase local performers, including Levanter Breeze and The Soul Mates. The festival finale, 25 October, features the Massias/Galiardo collective, followed by Fillet O Soul, featuring musicians from Jools Holland’s orchestra and the jazz-peopled house band from Strictly Come Dancing with special guests Mica Paris, Omar and Madeline Bell.

A ticket for all three concert nights is £100, with tickets for individual nights also available.

The jazz workshops take place 20-22 October at John Mackintosh Hall and are led by Elie Massias with Pedro Cortejosa (s), David Leon (d, pc) and Jose Lopez (b). The cost is £20 per day or £50 for three days.

The festival is part of an initiative to raise the cultural profile of Gibraltar. The Minister for Culture, The Hon Steven Linares MP, described the festival as “a wonderful opportunity to highlight that ‘Gibraltar sounds good!’.” George Posso, president of the Gibraltar Jazz Society, said he was encouraged by reaction so far “to plan more Gibraltar International Jazz Festivals and become part of the international jazz circuit.”

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