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Porta-Jazz Festival turns 10 in February

The 10th edition of Porta-Jazz Festival takes place on the 7th, 8th and 9th of February at Teatro Rivoli, in Porto. Promoted by Porta-Jazz Association, which for 10 years has excelled in a powerful and uninterrupted program, this Festival is the reflection of the great movement that is this platform for the encouragment , the creation and dissemination of Jazz. Presenting more than 100 concerts a year, the Associação Porta-Jazz is also responsible for publishing more than 50 albums, but also for making an artistic community sustainable, feeding the culture of the city and the country. An international reference, recognized for the quality of the projects it supports, it is a mandatory meeting point for musicians of international renown and creative reference for many institutions, a place of convergence of the national and international community, crucial in the definition of what jazz is today in Portugal.

For 10 years democratizing access to Jazz by creating new audiences and a critical mass, Porta-Jazz Festival provides partnerships and exchanges between Portuguese and international musicians, giving rise to unprecedented moments.

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Afternoon Block

Hop Dance Studio is a dance school created in 2015, specialized in American vintage dances (Lindy Hop, Authentic Jazz, Tap, Blues, Shag and Balboa). These dance styles share the same genesis (their roots are in the African culture) and they also shared a time marked by a musical style very characteristic of the 1930s, the Swing and the Blues.

In addition to standard classes Hop Dance Studio offers weekly practice and regular parties where students and the rest of the community can dance socially. If you like to have fun and make new friends, these dances are for you!


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Foyer Rivoli

R. do Bonjardim 143, 4000-440 Porto


Tickets

Tickets for the 10th edition of the Porta-Jazz Festival are on sale at the Rivoli box office and online. Each concert block (afternoon or night) costs 7 €.

The ticket price for members of the Porta-Jazz Association is 2.5€

Activities at the Café and Foyer are with free access.

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If the city of Porto has six bridges (and a new one is on the way, so they say), nothing could be more natural than an association of this city establishing solid connections with counterparts from other countries. This is what the Porta-Jazz Association has done with the well-known AMR, an association of musicians created in the 1970s in Geneva. The national team is composed by João Guimarães (saxophone) and Acácio Salero (drums), with Benoît Gautier (double bass) and Thomas Florin (piano) on the Swiss side. They have been together in an artistic residence and each musician will be responsible for leading 1/4 of the proposal to be presented in this Festival Porta-Jazz, in a most certainly unforgettable concert. This is the fourth edition of a partnership between the two associations, which began with an interprogram of bands and this year has gained a much more ambitious dimension. Not to miss!


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Thomas Florin Piano

João Guimarães Saxophone

Benoît Gautier Double Bass

Acácio Salero Drums


Palco GA Rivoli

R. do Bonjardim 143, 4000-440 Porto


Tickets

Tickets for the 10th edition of the Porta-Jazz Festival are on sale at the Rivoli box office and online. Each concert block (afternoon or night) costs 7 €.

The ticket price for members of the Porta-Jazz Association is 2.5€

Activities at the Café and Foyer are with free access.

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Photo montage: Maria Mónica

No doubt that some music projects leave us with a smile on our lips. The Blechbaragge are definitely in that group. They have a cutting tone that increases our dopamine levels, even when they want to be mean and go the wrong way on the cacophony road. The explanations may be various, but there is no doubt that the combination of a tuba, a drum and a saxophone (or clarinet) gives us, in the very first instance, the guarantee of facing something quite different. However, the sense of humour of Joe Bärr, Alfred Vogel and Andreas Broger is an indispensable asset, outstanding both in the studio and on stage. But you'd better not believe everything they say. For example, the fact that they have called their first album "We Play the March For You" is not in any way a sign that they are going to play us a march. A very slight concern to be taken so that everything goes well in their appearance at the Porta-Jazz Festival, resulting from the partnership with the Bezeau Beatz Festival.


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Joe Bär Tuba

Andreas Broger Saxophone e Clarinet

Alfred Vogel Drums


Sub Palco Rivoli

R. do Bonjardim 143, 4000-440 Porto


Tickets

Tickets for the 10th edition of the Porta-Jazz Festival are on sale at the Rivoli box office and online. Each concert block (afternoon or night) costs 7 €.

The ticket price for members of the Porta-Jazz Association is 2.5€

Activities at the Café and Foyer are with free access.

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Photo: Lukas Haemmerle

The word Utopia is central to the MAU trio. Starting by the name, which in full stands for Miguel Ângelo Utopia. Then, by his first album, which is precisely called "UTOPIA". Well, this is a word with history and which, since Thomas More, has become a synonym of fantasy. However, it can also be seen in the perspective of future fulfillment, taking into account its Greek origin. The Porta-Jazz Festival will present the combined bass of Miguel Ângelo, the guitars of Miguel Moreira and the drums of Pedro Melo Alves (recorded by Mário Costa in the album), an utopia in quest for the perfect theme, with both improvisation and writing, guided by merely circumstantial rules. If in theory it had everything to go well, in practice it has materialized even better, forming a musical archipelago where one goes with one's senses wrapped in the mysteries of the path. Note: the Porta-Jazz Festival is only responsible for the single sound trip, the return plans will depend on the criteria of each viewer.


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Miguel Ângelo Double Bass

Miguel Moreira Guitar

Pedro Melo Alves Drums


Pequeno Auditório Rivoli

R. do Bonjardim 143, 4000-440 Porto


Tickets

Tickets for the 10th edition of the Porta-Jazz Festival are on sale at the Rivoli box office and online. Each concert block (afternoon or night) costs 7 €.

The ticket price for members of the Porta-Jazz Association is 2.5€

Activities at the Café and Foyer are with free access.

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Photo: Miguel Bento

Translating Hermann Hesse and Ernest Hemingway's literature into music? It may seem unlikely, but that was exactly what the Jeffery Davis Quintet did. It works as a kind of transcription in free association, with the musical notes acting out as lyrics and assigning the rest of the service to the imagination. But that was just one of the missions of this group. Actually, it was created by this musician to show that the vibraphone can be used innovatively in an ensemble and composition context, filling the tank with the required harmonious and melodic fuel.

It was, by the way, this design that led him to choose the band, having selected a group of musicians with the right characteristics to achieve the sound he desired. In this context, amongst the many figures he could have called, he selected Óscar Marcelino da Graça (piano), José Soares (alto saxophone and soprano), Nelson Cascais (double bass) and Marcos Cavaleiro (drums). A group with several geographical origins, from Basel to Lisbon, Figueira da Foz and Aveiro, not forgetting our host musician’s Canada (with many years of permanence in Portugal).


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Jeffery Davis Vibraphone

Óscar Marcelino da Graça Piano

José Soares Alto and Soprano Saxophone

Nelson Cascais Double Bass

Marcos Cavaleiro Drums


Pequeno Auditório Rivoli

R. do Bonjardim 143, 4000-440 Porto


Tickets

Tickets for the 10th edition of the Porta-Jazz Festival are on sale at the Rivoli box office and online. Each concert block (afternoon or night) costs 7 €.

The ticket price for members of the Porta-Jazz Association is 2.5€

Activities at the Café and Foyer are with free access.

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Photo: Filipa Carvalho

Night Block

Asceticism is associated with the idea of deprivation. Hugo Carvalhais found a source of inspiration for his translucent sound there, made of clarity and silence for a timeless hearing. It is the perfect epilogue to the journey that the musician has undertaken throughout recent times, materialized in the albums "Nebula, Particle and Grand Valis". They are sound recordings with a spatial background, and even with some references to science fiction, giving the right motto to his sound routes. In this contemplative stage, the bassist has gathered a sextet to which he invited a long-time friend: the Lithuanian saxophonist Liudas Mockunas, an unquestionable name in the new European improvised music. An excellent time for Hugo Carvalhais' premiere at the Porta-Jazz Festival.


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Hugo Carvalhais Double Bass

Liudas Mockunas Sax Soprano, Sax Tenor, Clarinet

Fábio Almeida Sax Tenor

Gabriel Neves Sax Tenor

Ricardo Moreira Hammond Organ

João Martins Drums


Grande Auditório Rivoli

R. do Bonjardim 143, 4000-440 Porto


Tickets

Tickets for the 10th edition of the Porta-Jazz Festival are on sale at the Rivoli box office and online. Each concert block (afternoon or night) costs 7 €.

The ticket price for members of the Porta-Jazz Association is 2.5€

Activities at the Café and Foyer are with free access.

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Photo: Festival Imaxinasons

The Spanish composer and trumpeter Ricardo Formoso is coming to the Porta-Jazz Festival to present his second original project. The title is "Implosion" and succeeds the well received "Origins", edited with the Porta-Jazz Stamp, bringing to the stage a true mosaic of talents and geographies. We are talking about a quintet formed by Ricardo Formoso himself (trumpet and flugelhorn), the Canadian Seamus Blake (tenor saxophone), the Catalan Albert Bover (piano), the Argentinian Demian Cabaud (double bass) and the Portuguese Marcos Cavaleiro (drums). Some of them have chosen Portugal to live in, others will only be passing through, but it's a fact that, among themselves, they form a beautiful sample of the recent jazz history, with careers linked to remarkable personalities from the music scene and from several generations. It will be a privilege to see them together on stage bringing to life the themes of Ricardo Formoso, an author who has already crossed the stage of promises to become a certainty on the global scale.


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Ricardo Formoso Trumpet, Fliscorne and Composition

Seamus Blake Tenor Saxophone

Albert Bover Piano

Demian Cabaud Double Bass

Marcos Cavaleiro Drums


Grande Auditório Rivoli

R. do Bonjardim 143, 4000-440 Porto


Tickets

Tickets for the 10th edition of the Porta-Jazz Festival are on sale at the Rivoli box office and online. Each concert block (afternoon or night) costs 7 €.

The ticket price for members of the Porta-Jazz Association is 2.5€

Activities at the Café and Foyer are with free access.

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Photo Montage: Maria Mónica

There will be a Jam Session after the concert.


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Hugo Caldeira Trombone

Rui Catarino Guitar

Rafael Santos Guitar and Clarinet

Gonçalo Ribeiro Drums


Café Rivoli

R. do Bonjardim 143, 4000-440 Porto


Tickets

Tickets for the 10th edition of the Porta-Jazz Festival are on sale at the Rivoli box office and online. Each concert block (afternoon or night) costs 7 €.

The ticket price for members of the Porta-Jazz Association is 2.5€

Activities at the Café and Foyer are with free access.

Foto ESMAE Jazz Ensemble