Foto: Tadeu Rocha
Foto: Tadeu Rocha
Since its first edition in 2006, the Amazonas Jazz Festival has been guided by the excellence of its programming, along with a pedagogical grid that contributed to the technical and aesthetic improvement of various segments of the public. While on the one hand the event attracted an avid audience of jazz shows never before presented with such dynamism in the States of Amazonas, on the other, it contributed to the education of music students, audio operators and technicians, training them to maintain and repair musical instruments, expanding the scope of its range and economic potential. In its 10th edition, the event renews organizational concepts in synergy with society by life-changing actions implemented by the State Government of Amazonas through the Culture Secretariat of Amazonas.
If you need proof of how universal jazz has become, check out the Amazonas Band. This group can stand up to any professional big band worldwide. Rui Carvalho is single handedly teaching these great naturally gifted musicians in the ways of the big band jazz tradition.
The festival itself is so unique. Manaus, home to the ‘Encontro das Águas,’ is ideally suited to host an international festival that encompasses the cross-cultural spirit inherent in the jazz idiom. We really don’t have anything like it in the States. The state of Amazonas, the city of Manaus, Maestro Rui Carvalho, and the great people of Manaus should be extremely proud of this international festival.
I've spent a considerable amount of time playing with some of the most impressive big bands in the world, such as Frank Foster's Loud Minority Big Band and Gerald Wilson's Orchestra. I am very pleased to say that I have the highest regard for the Amazonas Big Band. Their groove is unmatchable!