The other shining star in San Sebastián’s festival galaxy.
Donostia Kultura and the Organising Committee are going for a new and more ambitious version of the San Sebastián Jazz Festival, and this year it will feature stages scattered throughout the city, with performances by dozens of different groups.
The San Sebastián Jazz Festival was first held in 1966 and from 24 to 28 July 2013 it will celebrate its 48th edition. It is the oldest and most prestigious of all of Spain’s jazz festivals, and throughout its history, more than 1,400 musicians have taken part, making it a faithful reflection of jazz creativity over the years.
It takes place on 11 stages peppered throughout the city. Since the early years of the festival, the main stage has been that of the Plaza de la Trinidad. Others include the Kursaal auditorium and the terraces above Zurriola beach, Anoeta’s Velodrome, the Teatro Victoria Eugenia and the Museo San Telmo.
Since 1994, the festival has given the Jazzaldia Donostiako award to a prominent figure, as recognition of their contribution to the enrichment of jazz music and its influence on later generations of musicians. The award consists of a commemorative plaque reproducing the most emblematic festival stage, Plaza de la Trinidad.
Tickets are on sale at www.heinekenjazzaldia.com
, TeleKutxa 94 431 03 10 and at the ticket office of Teatro Victoria Eugenia (from 11.30am to 1.30pm and from 5pm-8pm).www.heinekenjazzaldia.com
Teatro Victoria Eugenia
On 25 July the theatre will host a concert by the Vijay Iyer Trio from 6.30pm. The following day, Sílvia Pérez Cruz will be appearing at 11.55pm.
Paseo de la República Argentina, 2 (Price: € 12-€20)
Auditorio del Kursaal
Some of the festival’s headliners will be appearing on the stage at Kursaal auditorium. This year, the Lee Konitz Quartet will be appearing on 26 July, John Zorn on 27 July, Masada Marathon will offer a five-hour concert and, on the 28th, Diana Krall will close the festival with one of the most eagerly awaited performances of the year.
Avenida de la Zurriola, 1
Plaza de la Trinidad
This open-air stage is one of the most emblematic in the festival. It’s located in the old quarter, flanked by two historical monuments: Museo San Telmo and the Basílica of Santa María. The sheer charm and intimacy of this space make the concerts held here unforgettable, for audience and musicians alike. This year will see performances by The Swallow Quintet, Dave the Douglas Quintet, Pharoah Sanders, China Moses, Buika, the Youn Sun Nah Quartet and Hiromi, among others.
Free music in the open air every day next to Zurriola beach. This year, the free opening concert by singer and pianist Jamie Cullum at 8pm on 24 July is set to be a big draw.