The 18th edition takes place on 12 and 13 September at the Small Auditorium of the CCB, the organization says that in view of the current conditions of the pandemic, this edition of the Jazz Festival will not have an in-person audience, however all content will be made available for free on the platforms of RTP Palco – all the Jazz 2020 Festival content will be available on this platform, in addition to the concerts being broadcast live.
There will be concerts and other activities that allow us to reflect on the moment that this area of culture is currently experiencing, showing the best of improvised Portuguese music.
Since its first edition, the Jazz Festival has been dedicated to supporting and caring for Portuguese jazz musicians, the organization stresses that in 2020 this support becomes even more urgent and relevant due to the difficulties that technicians, producers, musicians and all those involved in this area face.
In the 18th edition, the program starts with the presentation of the “Livro Festa do Jazz”, which tells the story of the event, which, in many points, merges with the contemporary history of jazz in Portugal, and outlines the profile of some of its stakeholders.
For the 13th, the debate “Portugal, Jazz and the racial issue” is scheduled, with the participation of activist Mamadou Ba and singers Maria João and Selma Uamusse.
Recalling that jazz has in its genesis a strong connection to black communities, to their rhythms and forms of musical interpretation, the organization says that in this debate it intends to recover these historical references, bringing them to the present in order to reflect on the current moment with respect to racial issues, but also gender difference.
The musical program includes performances by, among others, Tomás Marques Quarteto, Andy Sheppard Quarteto, João Barradas solo, Susana Santos Silva and Angélica Salvi, Sound of Desire (trio by Ricardo Toscano), Maria João and Carlos Bica and a tribute to Bernardo Sassetti, with the participation of João Mortágua (alto saxophone), João Pedro Coelho (piano), Carlos Barretto (double bass) and Alexandre Frazão (drums).
As in previous years, the program of the 18th Jazz Festival includes the National Meeting of Schools, allowing young new talents in national jazz to show their work and value, integrated in an excellent program.
The program also includes the RTP Awards / Jazz Festival, which promotes Portuguese improvised music and makes the best national musicians of the year known to the public.
Organized by the Associação Sons da Lusofonia, the 18th edition of the Jazz Festival takes place with the support of Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, the Directorate-General for the Arts, CCB and DST Group.
In 2019, after 15 editions at the São Luiz Theater and one in several spaces in Bairro Alto, the Jazz Festival, an initiative of the Associação Sons da Lusofonia, took place in the various spaces of the Capitol, in Parque Mayer