Several world-renowned jazz figures participate in the 17th edition of the Jazz ao Centro Festival – International Jazz Meetings of Coimbra, which takes place from October 18th to 27th, in various venues in the city.
Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Fred Frith Trio and Rodrigo Amado, Joe McPhee, Kent Kessler, and Chris Corsano Quartet are headliners of a program that the Jazz Club Center organization wants to be “rich and balanced.”
The Coimbra International Jazz Meetings are concentrated on two weekends: October 18th and 19th and 25th, 26th and 27th, distributed by the São Francisco Convent, Brazil Hall, Gil Vicente Academic Theater, Norton de Matos Center, College da Graça, Bissaya Barreto House of Arts, House of Mutuality, Center for Visual Arts and Coola Bola, University of Coimbra Radio and Machado de Castro National Museum.
During the festival, eight of the 16 scheduled concerts are free, which, according to José Miguel Pereira, “signals a bet of ours to facilitate access to these shows, which is only possible thanks to the set of partnerships.”
The president of the Jazz Club Center also highlighted the presence of a collective of six Dutch musicians who, for four days, will interact with five Portuguese musicians, in an artistic residence that will offer five concerts, in different combinations.
The Luso-Dutch partnership will act side by side with other jazz notables participating in the festival, such as Carlos Zingaro, Wilbert De Joode and Michael Moore.
With a budget of 50 thousand euros in this edition, the Jazz ao Centro Festival – International Jazz Meetings of Coimbra is organized simultaneously with the municipality of Coimbra.
At the presentation of the event, Councilwoman Carina Gomes, responsible for the area of Culture in the municipality of Coimbra, stressed that the festival is increasingly decentralized by the city and that its “success is the result of a joint work of the various partners”.