Jazz San Javier remembers the great organist Joey DeFrancesco with The New Champs “In memoriam Joey DeFrancesco”, a concert featuring three great masters such as Ximo Tebar, Byron Landham and Pat Bianchi, who will perform in the first part of the evening of Wednesday 19 July. Ximo Tebar will do double duty as the headliner of the second concert with the Brazilian guitarist and singer Gladston Galliza.
The New Champs “In memorian Joey DeFranceso” is a tribute to the remembered organist, trumpet and saxophonist, by the group “The New Champs”, promoted by the Spanish musician Ximo Tebar, who was part of the original group “The Champs”, together with Joey DeFranceso himself and Idris Muhammad. Lou Bennet and Lonnie Smith are other great organists with whom the brilliant Spanish guitarist Ximo Tebar has played. The New Champs is completed with two great masters, drummer Byron Landham, Joey DeFrancesco’s regular partner with whom he played at Jazz San Javier in the 10th edition of the festival, and keyboardist Pat Bianchi, master of the Hammond, who was part of Lou Danaldson’s quartet and Pat Martino’s group. Another renowned Spanish musician, tenor saxophonist Josvi Muñoz, will be playing as a special guest.
Spanish guitarist Ximo Tebar, who performed on the opening night of the Festival in 1998, is one of the old friends of Jazz San Javier who are returning for the 25th anniversary. He does so together with the Brazilian guitarist and singer Gladston Galliza with the “Brazilian Jazz Project”, a project with clear Brazilian and Mediterranean accents. His eagerness to investigate, to break frontiers, his virtuosity and his passion for jazz, which he has fused with flamenco and Mediterranean son, have made Ximo Tebar one of the most important jazz musicians in the country and one of the most outstanding jazz guitarists on the international scene. Ximo Tebar’s imprint on Jazz San Javier is important both with his own projects and historical collaborations with Louie Bellson, Lonnie Smith, Dennis Rowland, Luis Salinas and Rosa Passos. On this occasion, he will do so with a joint project with the Brazilian musician Gladston Galliza, who lives in Spain. With a career spanning more than 30 years, the Brazilian musician, blind since birth,
Concert: The New Champs “In memoriam Joey DeFrancesco” – Ximo Tebar & Gladston Galliza Brazilian Jazz Project
Date: Wednesday 19 July
Venue: Parque Almansa Auditorium, San Javier
Ticket: 20 Euros