Funchal Jazz Festival Photography 2017This year’s Funchal Jazz Festival was an unforgettable experience. Hosted in Madeira, Portugal, this Jazz Festival is set against the backdrop of the bay of Funchal and is one of the most significant cultural events in the Jazz Festival Calendar. This year, the festival brought together some of the biggest names in Jazz from the USA along with some up and coming artists from both the USA and Europe.
The 2017 Festival was headlined by Charles Lloyd’s new quartet featuring Eric Harland and joined by one of the worlds most eclectic guitarists Bill Frisell who appeared earlier in the evening with his own trio.
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I was so privileged to get the opportunity to photograph the Funchal Jazz Festival, and some of my images can be seen in the Jazz Gallery. Whilst travelling the world, I seldom get the opportunity to practice my Jazz Photography, so this opportunity to capture Funchal Jazz Festival Photographs is exceptional.
Saxophone Summit with three of the greatest living exponents of the instrument – Greg Osby, Joe Lovano, and Dave Liebman, supported by the legendary bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Billy Hart. The rhythm section was completed by Phil Markowitz on piano.
Drummer Rudy Royston, a regular visitor to the festival featured Jon Irabagon on both tenor and soprano saxophones with the trio completed by Yasushi Nakamura on bass.
Young Portuguese virtuoso accordionist Joao Barrasas and his Directions band opened the festival joined by Greg Osby on alto saxophone with Kurt Rosenwinkel and Caipi completing the line up.