Today, Sunday, the Auditorium of Tenerife commemorates International Jazz Day with a concert (7.30 p.m.) by British vocalist Sara Dowling in quartet format. Her performance will be preceded by the music of Argentine pianist Federico Lechner.
Dowling is recognised as one of the most talented jazz singers in Europe today. Of Palestinian and Irish heritage, she first trained as a cellist before emerging as a vocalist and composer. Her most important influences are Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan. The Sara Dowling Quartet is completed by pianist Albert Sanz, double bassist Dario Di Lecce and drummer Steve Brown.
Their sound is a lively fusion of nostalgic classical harmonies and intense American post-bop rhythms of the late 1960s. The energy of her voice, her communicative power and her musicality make Dowling one of the UK’s leading jazz vocalists.
She has shared the stage with Ronnie Scott’s All Stars Band, Ian Shaw, Jason Rebello, Bruce Barth, Terell Stafford and Andrea Pozza. Dowling has sung at some of the UK’s most iconic jazz venues and festivals (Ronnie Scott’s, Buxton International Festival, Swanage Jazz Festival, Isle of Wight Festival) and other festivals in Italy (Jazz In Borgo-Ferrazzano, Winter Teata-Pescara, Notte Bianca-Comacchio), Spain (San Javier 2022), France (Jazz En Touraine 2020), Bahrain and Hungary (Budapest Jazz Club).
JAZZ AND THE PIANO
Federico Lechner, born in Buenos Aires in 1974 into a family of musicians, began playing the piano at the age of three with his mother, Lolita Lechner. In Spain, he studied jazz, piano, harmony and arrangements, trumpet, rhythm and ear training. In 2001 he won the IV Premio de Composición de Jazz Teté Montoliú, organised by the SGAE with his song Conversation con Thelonius. In 2002, his duo album with Jerry González, A primera vista, was a finalist for Best Jazz Album at the Premios de la Música de España.
He has made recordings and toured the United States, Europe and South America, performing at such emblematic venues as the Rockefeller Center in New York, the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, the Teatro General San Martín in Buenos Aires, the Flagey Hall in Brussels, the Helsinki Jazz Festival and the Medellín Jazz Festival, among other venues and events. Apart from his numerous collaborations, he has published 12 albums.
A VERSATILE JAZZ MUSIC PROGRAMME
La Laguna has also prepared a varied programme to commemorate International Jazz Day. The cultural association Paradise Swing is giving an open class of this eminently orchestral style of jazz in the Plaza de la Concepción (16:00).
Afterwards (4.30 p.m.) a parade will begin from the Plaza del Adelantado to the Plaza de la Concepción. Performances by Le Good Swing (17:00), EMA Big Band (18:30) and Arrasate Musikal Big Band complete the open-air programme.
In the evening, the Teatro Leal will welcome A Few Colors, the Tenerife jazz fusion trio that will present their third album, Showtime. Eliseo Lloreda, Felu Morales and Pedro Marcos, its members, will offer a musical display worthy of the talent they bring together. The concert starts at 20:00 in the Chamber Hall of the Laguna venue.