- The acclaimed American musician will perform on the islands of Gran Canaria, Lanzarote & Tenerife on the 18, 19 & 20 July
- The billing features a good number of artists & groups, headed by women of such calibre as Karrin Allyson, Sinne Eeg, Judith Hill, Miryan Latrece and Carita Boronska
- The concerts commence on Friday 5 July and will continue till Sunday 21 July, also covering the islands of La Palma & Fuerteventura
The 28th edition of the Festival Internacional Canarias Jazz & Más Heineken features the participation of Maceo Parker, a key player in the evolution of contemporary music, a musician without whom it would be difficult to define terms like Funk or Groove: a genuine explorer of black music who has taken the limitations of the saxophone to the extreme. There will be three concerts featuring this incomparable performer, on Gran Canaria (18 July, Santa Ana Square), Lanzarote (19 July, Arrecife) and Tenerife (20 July, Puerto de la Cruz). Parker will be one of around 30 artists that form part of the programme at this new edition, which will be held from 5 to 21 July and once more will cover the islands of La Palma, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria & Tenerife.
As is customary, there will be a combination of free-entrance open-air concerts and others with paid entrance at venues including the main theatres & auditoriums of the archipelago. The billing at this 28th edition once again will feature a mixture of new talents, established & renowned artists, a few long shots and a blend of familiar yet equally distinctive sounds with many common attributes. And for yet another year Africa Night will be staged (Friday 5 July, at the Pilar Square in Guanarteme) with performances by FRA! & Kyekyeku & Ghanalogue Highlife, two bands selected this year at the Vis a Vis contest, which took place in Ghana.
Among those artists confirmed for the event this year, we find a number of female vocalists & musicians, such Karrin Allyson, Sinne Eeg & Peter Sprague, Judith Hill, Miryam Latrece Cuarteto, Carita Boronska Quartet and the local group ST Fusion. To these one can add artists like the Avishai Cohen Trio, Tony DeSare, Marquis Hill Blacktet, FNF Trio featuring Lionel Loueke and Chris Cheek, Kennedy Administration, Munir Hossn Quartet, Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet, Joel Ross, Mamas Gun… and a host of local bands, ST Fusion & Barreiro Project being among those that have been confirmed to date.
Maceo Parker comes to the Canaries with a band featuring Greg Boyer (trombone), Will Boulware (keyboards), Bruno Speight (guitar), Rodney Skeet Curtis (bass), Nikki Glaspie (drums) and Darliene Parker (vocals). Born in North Carolina 76 years ago, many historians of modern music attribute the creation of funk to him. Drawn to music by the sound of the wind section accompanying Ray Charles, he formed part of James Brown’s great band during the 60s, for whom he created some of the most sampled rhythms in the history of hip-hop. Also, together with George Clinton he created & developed P-Funk and was an accompanying musician for Prince on his historic and quite unparalleled tours.
Now, during the last two decades, Maceo Parker has been enjoying a somewhat passionate solo career, building a new funk empire; one that is both fresh and stylistically different. Moving skillfully between the soul music of James Brown in the 60s and the fantasy of George Clinton in 1970, while exploring smooth & mellow jazz and hip-hop rhythms. His collaborations over the years have included Ray Charles, Ani Difranco, James Taylor, De La Soul, Dave Matthews Band and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. His timeless sound has given a base to young fans and is in constant renewal.
Together with Parker, another star attraction of this festival is the Israeli contrabassist Avishai Cohen, member of Chick Coreas sextet in the 70s, until he formed his own group with Mark Guiliana on drums and Shai Maestro on piano. In the course of his long career, during which he has released more than fifteen discs, Cohen has accompanied, recorded and performed with a good number of musicians, some of the more prominent ones being Bobby McFerrin, Roy Hargrove, Herbie Hancock, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Nnenna Freelon & Paquito D’Rivera.
There will be around 50 concerts staged under the title of the Festival Internacional Canarias Jazz & Más Heineken; made possible for yet another year by the collaboration of the municipalities of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Adeje, Puerto de la Cruz, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Santa Brígida, Puerto del Rosario & Los Llanos de Aridane; and the sponsorship of the Canarian Government and the Island Councils of Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, Fuerteventura & Lanzarote, Casa África, the Tenerife Auditorium, the Auditorium & Theatre Foundation of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Theatres Leal & Guiniguada. Organised by Colorado Producciones, yet another edition has received the sponsorship of the company Heineken.