BAJ 2013 attracted 85 thousand people during six full days of excellent live music, what evinces the artistic and conceptual quality of its program as well as confirms the active participation of its audience, composed of locals and thousands of tourists who visited the City over the past long weekend. Held at different places across town including its two outstanding main venues (Centro Cultural Recoleta and Usina del Arte), the legendary Teatro Presidente Alvear and the new stages for the “Crossings” and “The Jam” sections (Thelonious Club, Café Vinilo, La Trastienda), in addition to the free concerts at the Anfiteatro de Parque Centenario and the amazing Brazilian show by Rosa Passos and Banda Mantiqueira on the large stage mounted at Av. del Libertador and Agüero with successful turnout, the Festival offered a lot of good times with performances by renowned international artists and a vast overview of various generations of Argentine musicians, in different formats and with diverse musical visions. Just like a wide palette of colors, it has showcased all available approaches to such lively music as jazz.
Last night, with a standing ovation from a full house at the Auditorio of the Usina del Arte, Italian trumpeter Flavio Boltro, Belgian pianist Eric Legnini and French musicians Franck Agulhon (drums) and Thomas Bramerie (double bass) gave a brilliant concert at the formal closing of BAJ 2013. In a perfect setting, in terms of comfort and acoustic quality, the quartet delivered a solid performance, thanks to Boltro’s talent, who is regarded as one of the brightest stars in contemporary European jazz. The concert proved that he is one of today’s most influential trumpeters, with an extraordinary technique and mastery of harmony, whether as a soloist or quartet member. This was one of the Festival’s highlights, an unforgettable experience for those who had the privilege to attend.
Yesterday, Monday, was an atypical holiday in the Recoleta area, one of the most traditional tourist spots of Buenos Aires. Large crowds visited the Centro Cultural when doors were opened early in the mostly gray afternoon. So thousands of people were able to enjoy the rich program of live music events that started at El Aleph with performances by Julián Midón Trío and notable pianist Nicolás Guerschberg, and ended on the Terraza – along with a spring breeze – with an enthusiastically applauded concert featuring the participants of the Ensemble Workshops (photo) held in this edition, the show by the Paula Shocron Trío, and at the very end of the evening, the performance by the trio of guitarist Lito Epumer, bassist Machi and drummer Cristian Judurcha. Playing some classics by Luis Alberto Spinetta, these three legendary musicians, who have been active on the Argentine jazz and rock scene for the last 40 years, closed the wonderful BAJ 2013.