Loud Jazz is the latest work by maestro & guitarrist José Carlos Díaz with his new quartet. José Carlos himself defined it like this: “ I don’t like listening to jazz with the volume turned down low, and even less playing it! For me, all jazz is loud. Even the sweetest ballads by Miles Davis are loud. When I hear jazz being played pleasant & suave, I have to leave”.
Loud Jazz is played with intense passion, with the spirit of maximum expression and with the sole purpose of total communication with the audience. With a repertoire of their own compositions, new standards & blues, the Jose Carlos Díaz Group take the stage to celebrate this 25th anniversary of the Canarian jazz festival.
Self-taught during his early years, José Carlos Díaz began playing the guitar at the age of twelve. When he was eighteen, he surrounded himself within a circle of the best musicians and most important albums; Teddy Bautista being his main mentor in Madrid during the end of the ‘70s.
In 1982 he entered the prestigious Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T) in Los Angeles, where he studied with some of the best musicians of that time: Larry Carlton, Joe Pass, Robben Ford, Joe Diorio, Pat Martino, Scott Henderson & Allan Holdsworth, among others.
He graduated and returned to the Canaries, and managed the ‘Aula de Jazz’ (Jazz Classroom) in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with unprecedented success in student enrolment. It was then that he embarked on his course as teacher, educator & promoter of jazz on the islands, in which he is considered in high regard.
Founder of the ‘Instituto de Enseñanzas Musicales’ (Institute of Musical Education), IDEM, and director of the musical education centre that carries his name. His work as a teacher, his collective methodology in different books, his concerts, conferences & masterclasses have all helped many youngsters to progress & develop in the field of contemporary music.
With the ‘Jose Carlos Díaz Group’ which was formed in 1984, with the group ‘Tour de Force’ and with other ensembles, he has participated at the “Gran Canaria Jazz Festival” and subsequently at this very “Jazz & Más” on different occasions.
JOSE CARLOS DÍAZ GROUP
Alexis Canciano – Piano & Synthesizer
Alfonso Soto – Fretless Bass
Oscar López – Drums and Percussion
José Carlos Diaz – Guitar