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In the poster, Marcos Valle. The  Bossa Nova icon gigged  at Teatro Pavón


By Chris Collings


You and me and all the villanos of Madrid, this one’s for us, this festival for the villagers of Madrid la Villa, leaving out the Corte, the elitist part of the equation. (In 1561 Felipe II installed his court — Corte —  in Madrid.) Villanos del Jazz boasts some 70 performers for an extensive-exciting programming, great for when we transition from early autumn to the pre-Christmas Holidays. In a sense, this should tide us over, big time!

Grammy Award winning Detroit vocalist Dianne Reeves, heir to the likes of Sarah Vaughan and Betty Carter, is slated at the Auditorio Nacional de Musica

Villanos del Jazz is a festival of more than 40 concerts spread out around the city with Teatro Pavon as the focal venue.

Featured artists include American singer-songwriter, Judith Hill, who has worked with big names like Michael Jackson, Prince and Josh Groban; Julian Lage, a North American maestro on the guitar; the Grammy-Award winning American musician and producer PJ Morton; Laufey, singer with a prodigious voice raised between Reykyavik and Washington, USA; Steeve Turre, chosen the world’s best trombonist by Jazz Times, and pioneer in the use of shells as a musical instrument; Nesrine, artist with exquisite sensibility, Algerian by blood, French by musical training and Valencian (Spain) by residence; Abdullah Ibrahim, jazz legend born in Cape Town, South Africa 87 years ago; Melody Gardot, not yet forty and already comparable to Diana Krall, she-master of jazz, funk, rhythm and blues and Brazilian music, and a towering charisma to go with it all. . .

Amazing array!

Give it a miss and you’ll regret it! (And that’s not a threat. It’s just one villano cheering  other villanos on.)

Programming, prices, venues

To Teatro Pavon
> Metro: La Latina (L5)
> Bus: 002, 17, 18, 23, 35, 60, M1, SE712, N26
> Cercanías (Commuter train): Madrid-Sol
> BiciMAD bike-share
Docking Stations: Plaza de la Cebada (Plaza de la Cebada, 16) / Plaza de Nelson Mandela (calle Mesón de Paredes, 35)


Featured image: Villanos poster, Marcos Valle’s pic inserted. Marcos Valle pic/Abramus – Associaçao Brasileira de Musica y Artes, CC BY3.0 via Wikipeida. Frame supplied.
Dianne Reeves/Ça C’est, CC BY-ND2.0 via Flickr