Last year 90,000 spectators enjoyed the one hundred performances by 400 musicians in six different venues at the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival. As of last night, opened by New York artist, Peter Bernstein, in the Usina del Arte, we have a whole week to be whisked away into the dreamy onda of the greatest jazz musicians in the world. (If you missed Berstein last night, fear not, he is performing again in La Sala De Cámara de la Usina at 7.30PM tonight.)
Launched in 2002, it has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors over the years, culminating into the greatest festival of its kind in Latin America. Adrian Iaies, the named directed of the annual festival for almost a decade, says that the event “aims not only to provide jazz with a privileged space in the city but also to intervene in this cultural dimension of the city.”
The week long entertainment comes from all four corners of the globe. Artists have come from as close as the barrio next door to as far away as Japan (Satoko Fujii), for concerts, jam sessions, lectures and interviews. But it doesn’t stop there. The Buenos Aires Jazz Festival offers activities beyond music. Expect photography exhibitions, jazz themed cinema, conferences, master classes and workshops with leading musicians.
Each day of the festival closes with a spontaneous gathering of musicians and spectators for a massive improvised jam session. It doesn’t get much better than that.
This year, Teatro Colón (Libertad 611), AKA the porteño venue reference, will be hosting much of the festival’s concerts. But here are the other venues:
- Usina del Arte (A. Caffarena 1)
- Anfiteatro del Parque Centenario (Ángel Gallardo y Leopoldo Marechal)
- AMIA (Pasteur 633)
- Café Vinilo (Gorriti 3780)
- Thelonious Club (Salguero 1884)
- Margen del Mundo (Concepción Arenal 4865)
Although many of the activities are free, a lot of the concerts do have a fee so check the official pages of the venues first for more information.