Given the current conditions of the pandemic, this edition of the Jazz Festival will not have a face-to-face audience, but will be broadcast and the program will be available free of charge on the platforms of RTP Palco
The 18th edition of the Jazz Festival takes place at the Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), in Lisbon — but without a face-to-face audience. Alternatively, all concerts and activities will be broadcast live through the RTP Palco online platform.
It will take place this weekend, September 12 and 13, with performances by, among others, Tomás Marques Quarteto, Andy Sheppard Quartet, João Barradas, Susana Santos Silva and Angélica Salvi, Sound of Desire and a tribute to Bernardo Sassetti, with the participation of João Mortaágua (alto saxophone), João Pedro Coelho (piano), Carlos Barretto (bass) and Alexandre Frazão (drums).
The Sons of Lusophony Association (ASL) with artistic direction of musician Carlos Martins, program, organizes and produces the Jazz Festival that culminates in a weekend of concerts and other activities that allow to reflect on the moment that this area of culture currently lives.
Since its first edition, the Jazz Festival has been dedicated to supporting Portuguese musicians. In 2020 this support becomes even more urgent and relevant due to the difficulties that technicians, producers, musicians and all those involved in this area face. Thus, the Jazz Festival 2020 joins the Solidarity fund with Culture launched by Santa Casa da Misericórdia, GDArtes, Audiogest and GEDIPE through the collection of donations, via the Website Association Sons of Lusophony, which revert to 100% to the fund.
The program includes the launch of the Book Jazz Festival, which tells the story of the event, which is confused with the careers of many artists of the genre in Portugal. On Sunday, there will also be a debate on Portugal, Jazz and the Racial Issue.