The Jimmy Glass International Contemporary Jazz Festival launches on 18 October.

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Opening on the 18th of October, the Jimmy Glass, the celebrated Valencian jazz club will celebrate the eleventh edition of its International Contemporary Jazz Festival. Unlike other festivals that present a large number of concerts in a short period, Jimmy Glass takes a different approach by presenting a series of concerts over a six week period. Throughout this period the festival will present a diverse program of international and local artists consisting of ten concerts in the festivals official section and a further seventeen in the fringe festival.

Located in El Carmen, an emblematic neighborhood in the historic center of Valencia with a great cultural legacy. With its small alleys and intimate squares and a large number of bars, pubs and restaurants, El Carmen is one of the most active areas to experience the cities night life. Throughout the clubs thirty year history Jimmy Glass has regularly presented a wide range of both local and international artists on the forefront of jazz gaining the club a well-deserved reputation in the world of jazz.

The Jimmy Glass International Contemporary Jazz Festival was born in 2011 on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Valencian club, with the intention of publicizing the latest jazz trends and the new works of the main international figures of the moment. The enthusiastic response of the public in the ten editions held to date, as well as the quality of the programing, have guaranteed the festivals continuity leading to the festival becoming a tradition for jazz lovers inside and outside Valencia.

This years festival kicks off on the 18th of November with Jerry Bergonzi Quartet featuring of course  Bergonzi on sax along with Carl Winter, piano, Johnny Aman, double bass and Anders Mogensen, drums.

On Thursday, October 20 the Jesse Davis Quartet will take the stage. Known as an authentic heir to the Parkerian style and sound, Davis is set to display his inspired and enthusiastic combination of bebop and blues. Jesse Davis is best known to the general public for his participation in the 1996 film Kansas City , by Robert Altman, in which he played the role of Earl Warren.

To celebrate the 31st anniversary of the club, Jimmy Glass will present a tribute to Duke Ellington, an icon of jazz par excellence, based on the music of his early seventies period. Under the title the Afro-Eurasian Eclipse, Perico Sambeat and Alberto Palau have put together an octet to explore Dukes music of this period.

The quartet of saxophonist Mark Turner will present, on Monday, November 7, their latest album for the ECM label, Return from the stars featuring trumpeter Jason Palmer, double bassist Joe Martin and drummer Jonathan Pinson. The inspired pianist Aaron Parks presents his Little Big quartet at Jimmy Glass on Wednesday, November 9. This concert is the opening of his European tour.

On Sunday the 13th of November, the festival presents the trio of one of the great legends of vocal jazz, the singer Sheila Jordan who, at over ninety years of age, continues to amaze the public with her great talent and sensitivity.

These are just a small sample of the concerts presented at this years festival however the full line-up is available on the Jimmy Glass website here.

Last modified: October 12, 2022