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Diana Krall, Gloria Gaynor, Branford Marsalis with Kurt Elling, Brad Mehldau with John Scofield and Mark Guiliana, Jan Garbarek, Steve Coleman, Marc Ribot and The Young Philadelphians, Ibrahim Maalouf and Christian Scott, first stars confirmed for the 51st Heineken Jazzaldia

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The 51st Heineken Jazzaldia, to take place in San Sebastian from July 20-25, has confirmed for its programme a line-up of extraordinary stars from all fields of jazz, with the presence of Diana Krall, Gloria Gaynor, Branford Marsalis with Kurt Elling, Brad Mehldau with John Scofield and Mark Guiliana, Jan Garbarek, Steve Coleman, Marc Ribot and The Young Philadelphians, Ibrahim Maalouf and Christian Scott.

The remainder of the programme will be announced at the end of February, when the tickets will also go on sale.

Diana Krall is the most attractive name among contemporary jazz vocalists, and this year she returns to San Sebastian, where we still remember her extraordinary earlier concerts, with a quartet formation taking her back to her jazz origins.

Gloria Gaynor is the undeniable queen of disco music, but she extends beyond these limits to be considered one of the legends of black music. Today her I Will Survive is the ultimate anthem for numerous generations. She maintains her fantastic vocal capacity and sense of rhythm on stage.

Branford Marsalis is one of the most important tenor saxes on today’s jazz scene and will present his quartet with a very special guest: the singer Kurt Elling, a baritone as yet young in years, but who already belongs to the tradition of the great voices of classic jazz.

The groove of great guitarist John Scofield joins forces with the exquisite musicality of pianist Brad Mehldau, all driven by Mark Guiliana, a ground-breaking jazz drummer known to the general public for his participation in Blackstar, last album by the greatly missed David Bowie.

Jan Garbarek is an essential figure of Nordic jazz, colleague and inspiration to the great names of jazz, such as Keith Jarrett. With the presence of Trilok Gurtu in his quartet, Jan returns to San Sebastian to show us the nobility of his art.

Steve Coleman is a genius of the alto saxophone, creator of a new avant-garde jazz trend, followed by this Festival since the early days of his sparkling career. This time he’s back with a new edition of Five Elements at the height of his artistic maturity.

Marc Ribot is an indisputable virtuoso on the guitar, modern and ahead of his time, leader of fabulous projects including this recreation of Philly Soul, the Philadelphia sound, of which the people of San Sebastian have already had an enjoyable taste thanks to his recent concert at the Kursaal. With him are Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Calvin Weston, two musicians who played in Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time Band, both also from Philadelphia.

Ibrahim Maalouf, up-and-coming star of European jazz, a young French trumpet-player of Lebanese origin, is an excellent instrumentalist trained in the melting pot of influences drawing on jazz, Arabic music and the utmost of contemporary sounds.

Christian Scott is a trumpet-player who drew from the wells of jazz in his native New Orleans to create his own style, almost arrogant, assuming the risk of becoming the champion of the new tendencies of American jazz.

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