The city finally heated up yesterday, helped out no doubt by Peter Bernstein Quartet’s opening of the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival.
Held in the Usina del Arte, the “Art Factory”, a modernist recital and exhibition space in La Boca, sneakers were seen and the crowd was of all ages. All of this a testament to the feeling of jazz in Buenos Aires, removing the uptightness while keeping the class.
For the next five days, venues open up around the city with both free and paid jazz shows. The gigs are split between Argentine and international guests including Japanese free jazz with Satoko Fujii and US Saxophonist Branford Marsalis, winner of three Grammy awards.
There will also be “Cruces”, shows where artists who do not usually play together are paired for one night, creating an international and local one night experience. Argentine rock nacional and trumpet legend, Marcelo “Gillespi” Rodríguez, will be leading the nightly jazz jams.
The large venues include historic landmarks in the city, including the Teatro Colon opera house and the Teatro Presidente Alvear. Artists also play in the open air at the Eva Perón Amphitheatre in Parque Centenario.
For intimate live shows where you can practically make eye contact with the musicians, sit with a glass of wine and take in the moody atmosphere, try clubs Cafe Vinilo and Thelonious. Meanwhile, the Jewish organisation AMIA is holding swing nights while Margen del Mundo is showing documentaries about the inner life of Argentine jazz followed by live shows.
More information and program here.