Guimarães Jazz returns in November with Buster Williams, Kathrine Windfeld and Aaron Parks


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The 32nd edition of Guimarães Jazz will take place in November, with names ranging from the American Buster Williams to the countryman Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, passing through the ‘big band’ of the Danish Kathrine Windfeld, among other jazz names released today.

The festival opens on November 9 with the North American Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, founded in 1966 as the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra and today directed by Jim McNeely, while the closing of Guimarães Jazz will also be in charge of an orchestra, Kathrine Windfeld’s ‘big band’, on November 18, with Israeli guitarist Gilad Hekselman and American saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins.

Guimarães Jazz returns in November with Buster Williams, Kathrine Windfeld and Aaron Parks

“The 2023 programme of the Guimarães jazz festival is characterized, as always, by the balance between tradition and innovation and by the stylistic, geographical and generational diversity of the proposals and the musicians who participate in them. The observation of this evidence does not, however, prevent the recognition that in this edition particular attention is paid to the current New York jazz scene and to expressions of experimental tendency “, indicated A Oficina, which organizes, in a statement.

Bassist Buster Williams will perform with Something More, with Aaron Parks, Elliot Sharp’s Landline Plus One ensemble, Barry Guy, Michael Formanek’s New Digs septet, and other artists also confirmed.

“Guimarães Jazz faces a scenario in profound transformation, a transformation that now appears not only technological or aesthetic, but a real change in the pure functioning of the system. Thus, the lineup of the 32nd edition may eventually be considered more circumspect and intellectually demanding in terms of its proposals, but, as has always happened throughout the history of this festival, it continues to privilege the primacy of diversity and independent choice”, said the director of Guimarães Jazz, Ivo Martins, quoted in the text.

The concerts all take place at the Vila Flor Cultural Center, with the exception of the presentation of the project between Porta-Jazz and the festival, at the José de Guimarães International Center for the Arts, on November 12.

Tickets are already on sale, with a subscription for all concerts costing €90.

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