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Jazz Festival to feature five nights of free concerts

The 19th Dominican Republic Jazz Festival will celebrate five nights of free concerts Nov. 4-8 in Santiago, Sosúa, Puerto Plata and Cabarete. Presented by the Dominican Ministry of Tourism, the renowned cultural event enjoyed a combined audience of 12,000 people for the 2014 festival.2015 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

The addition of a fifth night, to be held Nov. 4 at Centro Leon in Santiago, marks the first time the festival will reach all five cities in the same year and the first time in five years since the festival was held in Santiago.

Confirmed artists for the 2015 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival include Grammy Award winners David Sánchez (Puerto Rico) and John Patitucci (USA) and the Grammy nominee Pedrito Martinez Group. Other outstanding talents include Josean Jacobo (Dominican Republic), Roy Assaf Trio (Israel), Berklee Global Jazz Institute (USA), Javier Vargas and The Big Band Conservatory of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) with special guests Jim Kelly, Jim Odgren and Jason Camelio (USA). Additional artists include the Student Loan String Band (USA), Manuel Tejada (Dominican Republic), Mario Canonge Trio (France) and Pengbian Sang and Retro Jazz (Dominican Republic).

Since its inception, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival has presented internationally renowned Latin Grammy and Grammy Award winning musicians such as Ignacio Berroa, Joe Lovano, Chuck Mangione, Ray Baretto, Néstor Torres, Chucho Valdés, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez and Arturo Sandoval among many other talents.

The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival provides more than culture and entertainment with its affiliation with FEDUJAZZ, a non-profit organization that conducts music education workshops for Dominican youth. Hundreds of schoolchildren from the North Coast of the Dominican Republic annually attend educational music workshops with jazz festival musicians.

The FEDUJAZZ music program held in Cabarete aims to educate children with structured music programs that enhance their education and increase their opportunities in life. Over 150 students receive free music education and training in the new center in Cabarete.

The 19th Dominican Republic Jazz Festival is presented by the Ministry of Tourism, and sponsors include Ron Macorix, JetBlue, the United States Embassy, Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Gratereaux Delva & Associates Law Firm, Sea Horse Ranch Luxury Resort, Ultravioleta Boutique Residences, Millennium Resort & Spa, Casa Linda, the Municipality of Sosúa, Cibao Recycling and Ban Reservas.

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