Funchal Jazz Festival 2018 Photography
The 2018 edition of the Funchal Jazz Festival, as in previous years, provided a varied programme featuring some of the most intriguing names from the US and Portugal.

Funchal Jazz Festival Photography

Opening this year with the Ricardo Toscano Quartet, Ricardo (pictured below, right) is a leading light on the Portuguese Jazz scene and an alto saxophonist drawing on influences from John Coltrane to Wayne Shorter amongst others melded into his own unique style, supported by a solid rhythm section of Joao Pedro on double bass and drums respectively.
Funchal Jazz Music Festival 2018
Jazzmeia Horn Image
Ricardo Toscano Image

Jazzmeia Horn(pictured above, centre), a Grammy nominated vocalist and Concord Jazz recording artist followed with her quartet comprising Marcus Miller, alto saxophone, Victor Gould, piano, Geraud Portal, double bass and Henry Conerway III, drums. A prodigious talent yet to receive a much deserved wider acceptance did not fail to deliver with a well received set of original material and standards.

Veteran drummer Billy Hart (pictured below, left) and his quartet featuring tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman (pictured below, centre) provided a solid set on mainly original material to open the second evening. At 78 years, his inventive and varied technique certainly belied his years. Having over the years occupied the drum stool with the likes of Miles Davis, Stan Getz and Herbie Hancock et al.
Billy Hart Image
Joshua Redman Image
Dave Holland Funchal

Redman, 28 years his younger, provided his uniquely creative tenor style with vigour and sensitivity, ably supported by Ethan Iverson on piano and Ben Street on bass.

The Vijay UIyer Sextet followed with an intriguing set of original material featuring Graham Haynes on trumpet, Steve Lehman on alto, Mark Shim on tenor, Stephan Crump on bass, and Jeremy Dutton on drums.

The final day of the 2018 festival started with the superb pairing of British born bassist Dave Holland with Indian table plater Zakir Hussain and US tenor and soprano saxophonist Chris Potter. Featuring a set of entirely original compositions coupled with supreme improvisation and soloing from all.
  This wonderfully varied and superbly organised festival, once again in Santa Catalina Park with its enchanting views of the harbour and surrounding hillside closed with Jason Moran and Bandwagon.

Steeped in influence from a wide gamut of Black American music combined with a nod to the more contemporary hip-hop, and drum and bass. With a rhythm sections comprising Tarus Mateen on electric bass and Nasheet Watts on drums, the 2018 festival finished on the highest of notes.