The 21ª edition of the Ribadesella Jazz Festival has jazz, blues and gospel artists of high artistic level during 3 nights, those of the 24, 25 and 26 for July. The concerts are held in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento riosellano, they are free to the public and therefore you have to arrive early to guarantee the seat. The artists in this twenty-first edition are:
Friday 24 July, 23 h
Red House is "the Blues institution" led by Jeff Espinoza and Francisco Simón. They both have very extensive curricula, but the public will remember Simón as the guitarist of the first period of the television program "Caiga Quien Caiga" that left Spain in awe with his virtuosity. He is also known for his work with groups such as Duncan Dhu, Willie DeVille, Miguel Rios, Raymond Amador, Tom Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis and many more. Espinoza gained his international reputation as a vocalist and lyricist for the Vargas Blues Band. He has collaborated with artists such as Flavio Jiménez, Chris Rea, Junior Wells, Canned Heat, Blue Lou Marini (Blues Brothers, Eric Clapton) and many more.
Saturday 25 July, 23 h
BLACK LIGHT GOSPEL CHOIR
Director: Rebeca Rods
The Black Light Gospel Choir represents the influence of the music of the black spirituals. Rebeca Rods has been active in music since the 8 years and has extensive experience in Spanish pop music and gospel.
Rods fue corista para grandes artistas como Alejandro Sanz, Paulina Rubio, Pastora Soler, Paco Ortega, Pitingo, Malú, El Sueño de Morfeo… Desde su fundación en 2011, el coro ha realizado más de 120 actuaciones en toda España y varias actuaciones en TVE, incluyendo la última edición del Festival de Jazz de Madrid. El repertorio mezcla canciones tradicionales con obras de artistas como Stevie Wonder, Leonard Cohen, Michael Jackson o Robbie Williams, llevados al terreno de gospel coral.
Sunday 26 July, 22,30 h
Skytrain is one of the most lauded and talked about jazz projects in recent years in Spain. Led by Mariano Díaz (piano, keyboards) and Joaquín Chacón (guitar), two of the most international veterans of the Spanish scene, Skytrain is the direct heir of the current jazz rock that emerged in the 70 years in historical bands like Miles Davis (with John Scofield), Weather Report, Chick Corea, Woody Shaw and many more. Skytrain comes in quartet, with the great Víctor Merlo on bass and César de Frías on drums. Vibrant, moving, original and virtuous, this concert can not be missed.
Photo by Mariano Gutiérrez.