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Costa Rica’s International Jazz Festival to return in July

An international ensemble of renowned jazz musicians will be performing live in San José from July 26 to Aug. 7 as part of the third Costa Rican International Jazz Festival, organized by the Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center.

The lineup will feature some of the United States’ most prestigious university groups. Musicians from the Juilliard School, New York University and Boston’s Berklee College of Music will be participating in the festival. In addition, professional artists including 19-year-old autistic savant pianist Matt Savage, Afro-Cuban jazz specialist Joel LaRue Smith, Israeli pianist Roy Assaf and many others will perform live, joined by artists, trios and full bands from Europe, South America and Asia for an international display of jazz.

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U.S. pianist Matt Savage is among the musicians slated to perform in the third Costa Rican International Jazz Festival July 26 to Aug. 7.

“This year’s festival will be a cultural fusion of great music from around the world,” said Rodrigo Durán of the cultural center. “It represents the continued cultural development of the city.”

Local groups such as the Costa Rica New Jazz Project will be featured in the lineup as well.

In San José, performances will be held in the Eugene O’Neill Theater at the cultural center in Barrio Dent and at the National Theater downtown. Extension concerts will be given around the Central Valley in Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago, and farther afield in the Guanacaste and Limón provinces.

Keep an eye on The Tico Times’ Calendar pages for the festival’s program, or call the cultural center at 2207-7500 for information.

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