Free Jazz Festival on Cabarete Beach – Nov 2018

Dominican Jazz Festival eXtreme Hotel Cabarete

The DR Jazz Festival is back this year to bring you the very best of Caribbean Jazz.

The free live music hits Cabarete Beach on November 3 and 4. Be there.

Cabarete is well-known for its wild party spirit. So, get ready to bust out your slickest dance moves and party all night! You can bet it will be a weekend to remember.

In the past 21 years, the Festival has showcased talent from all over the world. Grammy-winners Esperanza Spalding, Chuck Mangione, and David Sanchez are just a few big names that have played the North Coast shows. You can expect a high-quality line-up from this year’s celebration.

This year, the Festival kicks off in Los Establos, CapCana for a special inaugural show on August 25, followed by a night in Santiago de los Caballeros on October 26.

The sweet sound of Jazz will then make its way to Puerto Plata (Nov 1) and Sosua (Nov 2), before ending up in Cabarete for 2 last crazy nights on the beach.

The Festival is hosted by FEDUJAZZ and the DR Ministry of Tourism.

FEDUJAZZ

FEDUJAZZ is a non-profit foundation that improves the prospects of young people in the DR through music. Their free program currently provides music theory and instrument classes to 150 underprivileged kids (age 7-18).

Right now in the DR, a child starting public school has less than a 10% chance of graduating high school. Studies show that engaging with a musical instrument can really improve these odds. FEDUJAZZ gets the whole family involved in the fun, and believes in the power of music to build community spirit.

The Foundation partnered with the Jazz Festival two years ago, and now many of the performers offer free workshops to the local children.

There are limited numbers of VIP tickets on sale, if you’re interested in supporting the Foundation and the great work it does. (Email info@drjazzfestival.com for more details.)

In case you need any more convincing, I’ll leave you with the words of Marco Pignataro, one of the Festival’s organisers: ‘Jazz is truly a modern expression of democracy, which keeps renewing itself through the creative encounter of music cultures around the world.’

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