Los Cristianos And All That Jazz There’s a treat for all jazz lovers on Saturday 18 May when the Arona Jazz Festival takes place in Los Cristianos church square from 9.30pm. Now in it’s 6th year this annual free event has become a popular fixture on the local music scene and it’s just a short walk down the hill from Hotel Paradise Park.
This year brings a great combination of the Enrique Valdivieso Band and Edith B, a leading jazz singer with a wide range of musical influences. Enrique is a master of the organ and is backed by Brahma Johnson on trumpet, bass player Mark Foster, Pascal Pascalis on bouzouki, drummer Ivan Bargas, and tenor sax wizard Fernando Barrios. The band have performed together in Amsterdam, Paris and Beirut after wowing crowds at the Granada International Jazz Festival in 1990. Edith B has a great vocal range and mixes classic tunes with modern mainstream and is a real crowd pleaser.
The Plaza de la Iglesia makes a great open air venue with the enchanting backdrop of the church and several hundred seats and plenty of standing room for those who want to dip in and out of the evening’s performances. There are also plenty of cafes and bars nearby for refreshments while enjoying the music.