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Ricardo Toscano Quartet Opens Funchal Jazz 2018

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Funchal Jazz Festival, an event of the Municipality of Funchal that, like previous years, promises to bring great names to the Park of Santa Catarina. This time to open the concerts of the main stage of the Funchal Jazz Festival, will be the acclaimed saxophonist Ricardo Toscano, ahead of his not less acclaimed quartet. The Festival runs from the 12th – 14th July 2018

Ricardo Toscano has been a frequent presence in the most important national jazz festivals (Angrajazz, Estoril Jazz, Seixal Jazz, among others) and in several of the most important concert halls in the country (such as the CCB , Culturgest and Casa da Música).

Toscano has also been establishing partnerships with musicians such as pianist João Paulo Esteves da Silva and guitarist Bruno Pernadas (who, incidentally, will come to the Festival Aleste de Maio), as well as having performed as a soloist invited by the Orchestra Jazz de Matosinhos and the Angrajazz Orchestra, and to integrate the Septeto of the Hot Clube de Portugal.

Funchal Jazz organization promises to open this year’s concerts at Parque de Santa Catarina, on July 12, punctually at 9.30 pm.

Paulo Barbosa reveals that the concert at Funchal Jazz by Ricardo Toscano Quarteto will be recorded, both in audio and video, with the aim of its subsequent publication, possibly on disc and on DVD.

It also reveals that all members of this quartet will join, at the end of each night of the festival, the guitarist André Santos, constituting Andre Santos / Ricardo Toscano Quinteto, the group responsible for opening the traditional ‘ jam sessions’ which, with the expected participation of several musicians from the main stage, should be extended until the wee hours of the morning.

In addition to the Ricardo Toscano Quartet, the Funchal Jazz Festival 2018 has already confirmed the presence, as already reported in the DN, of the trio consisting of the iconic musicians Dave Holland (double bass player), Zakir Hussain (virtuoso of the Indian table) and Chris Potter (saxophonist) which will be played in the early evening of July 14, as well as the pianist’s sextet of the year, Vijay Iyer, composed of the musicians Jeremy Dutton, Graham Haynes, Mark Shim, Steve Lehman and Stephan Grump.

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