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Puerto Plata.– The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism is proud to announce the sponsorship of the culturally renowned Dominican Republic Jazz Festival.

Returning to the island country for its 17th year, the popular event brings together music aficionados, beach bums, foodies and nature lovers from around the world to celebrate international Latin Jazz musicians.

From Oct. 31-Nov. 3, the island resonates with hybrid Jazz and traditional Dominican Merengue soul. Visitors are invited to this free festival to enjoy rich island culture and gastronomy among breathtaking scenery, while dancing the night away wrapped in the island breeze.

"The Jazz Festival is the largest free cultural event in Dominican Republic," says Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. "The festivities are popular with locals and international tourists alike, and we are proud to host some of the world's most renowned musicians. Music is a key element of our culture and is deeply engrained into our everyday lives."

This year, the sounds of musician and former New York Yankee player Bernie Williams (USA), Rufus Reid (USA), Johnny Ventura (Dominican Republic), Alex Acuna (Peru), Marco Pignataro (Italy), Richie Flores (Puerto Rico), Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez (Cuba), Pengbian Sang & Retro Jazz (Dominican Republic), Abraham Laboriel (Mexico), the Berkelee Global Jazz Institute and many more can be heard at the event.

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5 comment(s)
Written by: GringoRandy, 26 Oct 2013 11:59 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Santiago
I wants to go ...
Written by: raulm, 26 Oct 2013 12:44 PM
From: United States
Written by: raulm, 26 Oct 2013 12:44 PM
From: United States

The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival dates and locations include:
•Oct. 31, 2013 - Puerto Plata, Independence Park
•Nov. 1, 2013 - Sosua, Sosua Parque Mirador
•Nov. 2-3, 2013 - Cabarete, Cabarete Beach
Written by: CadeJ, 26 Oct 2013 6:31 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Altamira
Thanks raulm; DT should pay you a reporter fee! Good investigative journalism :)
Written by: GringoInDr, 27 Oct 2013 10:25 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Here's the full line-up, all shows start at 8:00 pm:

Thursday, October 31st – Puerto Plata, Parque Independencia
Pengbian Sang & Retro Jazz
Bernie Williams (USA) with Chris Clarke (USA), Osvaldo Lopez, Luis Edgardo Sierra, Raul Maldonado and Daniel Diaz (PR).

Friday, November 1st – Sosua, Parque Mirador
Miguel Andrès Tejada & Bolero Blue
Richie Flores group (PR) and Horacio “El Negro” Hernández (Cuba), Edsel Gómez, Mike Rodríguez, Iván Renta, Lakshmi Marfil Delgado y Ramón Vázquez (PR).

Saturday, November 2nd – Cabarete Beach
Joshy and his Cuatro Jazz
Students of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute
Abraham Laboriel (MEX.) & Alex Acuña (Perú) with Iván Renta (NY/PR) and Manuel Valera. (NY/Cuba).

November 3rd – Cabarete Beach
Marco Pignataro Trio Màs with Rufus Reid, George Garzone and Billy Drummond. (ITA/USA)
Johnny Ventura and Milly Quezada with “La Gallera” show.
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