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Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico presents its XIV Jazz Festival, from November 22 to 23, 2019



The Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico presents its XIV Jazz Festival, featuring an impressive lineup of musicians and educators.

San Juan, Puerto Rico — On November 22 & 23, 2019 will be held the fourteenth edition of the Jazz Festival organized by the Department of Jazz and Caribbean Music (DJCM) of the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. Directed by master drummer and educator Fidel Morales, this edition will be dedicated to honoring and celebrating Puerto Rico’s contribution to universal jazz.

It will feature musicians such as Jerry Medina, Luis “Perico” Ortiz, William Cepeda, and the Peruvian Álex Acuña, a legend of world percussion whose career is closely linked to the island.

“We’re really excited about the exceptional line-up we’ve assembled for the 14th edition of our Festival; an enjoyable and exciting reunion of some of the most inspiring performers and educators in Puerto Rican jazz,” said Fidel Morales, artistic director of the Conservatory of Music Jazz Festival and director of the Jazz and Caribbean Music Department. “From jazz legends to up-and-coming jazz leaders, these artists have left an indelible mark on the history of jazz.”

This festival is the most important academic and artistic event for jazz students, educators and music lovers organized by the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, that is focused exclusively on the development of Latin jazz, and combines a comprehensive program of masterclasses, forums, books presentations, concerts, and jam sessions. All activities will be held in the halls of the Bertita & Guillermo L. Martinez Theater of the institution. The jam sessions will be held in the trendy Lote 23, at Ponce de Leon Avenue, just steps from the Conservatory of Music, in Santurce.

This edition of the Jazz Festival would not be possible without the generous contribution of companies such as Lote 23, DW, Gon Bops, Sabian, Gretsch, Vic Firth, Zildjian, Latin Percussion and Paiste.

The forums, master classes, and jam sessions will be open to the public and free of charge. Tickets for concerts will cost $10 for the general public and $5 for students, and are available at the Collection Office of the Conservatory of Music at 951 Ponce de Leon Avenue in San Juan, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, you can call 787-751-0160, extensions 260, 274, or 257, visit the Facebook pages of the DJCM and the Conservatory of Music or at the web address http://cmpr.edu. The Conservatory has convenient parking and security.

A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Editor-in-Chief Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject. His writing appears on Latin Jazz Network; Chamber Music America magazine and numerous other publications.


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