The 19th Dominican Republic Jazz Festival starts on Wednesday, 4 November 2015 with five nights of free concerts scheduled for Santiago, Sosua, Puerto Plata and Cabarete through Sunday, 8 November. The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival is an annual event organized by FEDUJAZZ with the backing of the Ministry of Tourism. It is regarded as the longest running jazz festival in the Caribbean.
This year, Matt Marvuglio, dean of the Performance Division at Berklee College of Music, and Marco Pignataro, Managing Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute are joining the Artistic Advisory Board for the festival. They will also serve as advisors to FEDUJAZZ, the education foundation that provides free music education for young people in the Dominican Republic.
While the festival is free, VIP tickets are available for a price, with priority seating, complimentary beverages, and other festival perks with proceeds benefiting the FEDUJAZZ music foundation. The foundation enables 150 students to attend free music lessons at the Fedujazz center in Cabarete, with over 1,000 children from the north coast attending master classes with the famous musicians who come for the event.
Since its inception, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival has brought over internationally acclaimed Latin Grammy and GRAMMY Award winning musicians such as Ignacio Berroa, Joe Lovano, Chuck Mangione, Ray Baretto, Nestor Torres, Chucho Valdes, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez and Arturo Sandoval and many other talents.