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Jazz stars back the Euskadi Basque Country brand
Jazz festivals are a summer holiday landmark in the Basque Country

Once again the Basque Country is to be the setting for three major jazz festivals, taking place in Getxo, Vitoria-Gasteiz and San Sebastián and featuring top stars in the genre. First up is Getxo Jazz, now in its 40th year and taking place from 1st to 5th July, with a bill including major artists like the famous flautist and saxophonist Jorge Pardo, one of the leading pianists on the music scene, Uri Caine, one of the great fathers of the fusion of Brazilian traditional music with jazz and other sounds, Hermeto Pascoal, a top voice on the international scene like Dee Dee Bridgewater and the young double bass player Esperanza Spalding, one of the highest-profile figures on today’s scene. The Vitoria-Gasteiz Jazz Festival, which begins on Tuesday 12th, reaches its fortieth year true to its philosophy of billing major events and exclusive concerts. As well as the world exclusive reuniting Kenny Barron with Dave Holland and the only European date for the Gospel Victory Singers, the Mendizorrotza sports centre will be playing host to great legends like Taj Mahal, Pat Metheny duetting with Ron Carter and big stars like Jamie Cullum and Joshua Redman. The 51st Heineken Jazzaldia presents a host of big stars headed by names of enormous prestige like Diana Krall, Gloria Gaynor, Ellis Marsalis, Branford Marsalis with Kurt Elling, Brad Mehldau with John Scofield and Mark Guiliana, Jan Garbarek, Steve Coleman, Marc Ribot and The Young Philadelphians, Ibrahim Maalouf, Christian Scott, Cyrus Chestnut, Snarky Puppy, Jack DeJohnette, José James and Steps Ahead. As usual, Heineken Jazzaldia will be using a dozen venues spread throughout San Sebastián, in an effort to bring jazz to audiences of all kinds. Ninety concerts are planned, of which two thirds will be free.

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