Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival 2012
World-Class Jazz & Blues on the slopes of Volcan Baru
February 29 - March 4, 2012
Open-air festival in the valley of rainbows and eternal spring in Boquete/Chiriqui
in cooperation with the Boquete Chamber of Tourism
Sponsors $ 100 or in kind
The Haven Spa
Prestige builders, Boquete
MGG Caddy Marketing
Boquete Outdoor adventures
Finca dos Jefes
Mr. Roger Pentecost
Mr. Cliff Sellie
Ms. Leslie Landreth
Ms. Carol Good
The first-ever New Orleans style parade in Boquete on Feb. 29, led by The Smoking Time Jazz Club street band from New Orleans...everybody was having a blast! Photos by Mark Heyer, Gaby Bacon, Bruce Tohill, Howard Hill, Michael Moore
Saturday, February 25, 2012
5pm - 8pm Wine tasting at La Casa del Risco, Hacienda Los Molinos
Thursday, March 1, 2012
1pm - 3pm New Orleans style street parade (beads and all) in Boquete with the Smoking Time Jazz Club from New Orleans
3pm - 5pm Garden party at the Panamonte hotel
7pm - 9pm Evening concert with Betty Bryant and friends at the BCP theatre in Boquete. Tickets are $13
9pm - ??? Mitch Woods and friends at Mike's Global Grill
Friday, March 2, 2012
1pm - 4pm Free concert in the Boquete central park with life music
5pm - 8pm Saskia Laroo and her Jazzkia band at Las Ruinas restaurant
9pm - ??? Jam session at Baru restaurant at central park, Boquete
Saturday, March 3, 2012
12pm - 7pm Open-air at the amphitheatre at Valle Esconcido
Betty Bryant, Grand lady of Jazz from L.A.
Smoking Time Jazz Club, street band from New Orleans
Mitch Woods, Boogie Woogie and Jump Blues master
Saskia Laroo and Jazzkia from the Netherlands
Andy Egert Blues Band (Switzerland) with Bob Stroger on bass
Doors open at 11am
9pm - ??? Jam session at Amigos restaurant
Sunday, March 4, 2012
12pm - 6pm Open-air at the amphitheatre at Valle Escondido
Ron Hacker. low down, dirty blues from San Francisco
Carlos Ubarte Jazz Quartet with special guest Idania Dowman (Panama)
Mitch Woods and Johnny Sansone, Blues &Zydeco from New Orleans
Rigoberto Coba Jazz Big Band (Chiriqui)
Doors open at 11am
Here are some links to pics and videos of the 2012 festival...
Mardi Gras parade on the opening day of the 2012 festival (courtesy of Mark Heyer)
One of the outstanding “International” events during this year’s Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival was the Jam Session held at Amigos on the Saturday night, March 3rd. In all, about 25 different musicians showed up from all the groups and they made for some of the most entertaining performances of the entire weekend. All the tunes were spontaneous and unrehearsed, with various artists (and instruments!) coming and going over several exciting hours.
Here is a noteworthy performance of Herbie Hancock’s iconic Cantaloupe Island by eight musicians representing Panama, USA, Canada, Netherlands and Kenya. The horn playing is remarkable (Carlos Ubarte, Jon Day, Saskia Laroo), followed by an electrifying keyboard solo (Warren Byrd), great guitar breakouts (Edgar Vargas, Maarten Bakker) and some inspired drumming (Willem Smid, Amadou Seck).
If you like this, look for the 4 DVD set of the entire 2012 Festival, available in mid September 2012 for only $20. All proceeds will go towards next year’s BJBF.
John Hampton, NotSereyus Productions (chief festival videographer)
Betty Bryant and Boquete's Fantazy Jazzband at the Boquete Jazz&Blues Festival 2012
Betty Bryant (p), Paul Day (b), Jon Day (tp), John Dodge (sax), Caesar Sherrard (dr)
Soundtrack "Night sounds" taken from Betty Bryant's CD 'No Regrets'
An animated slide show of the fantastic, first ever street parade New Orleans style in Boquete and the en suite garden party at the Panamonte hotel that started the festival with a bang! (photos by Mark Heyer, slide show arrange by Hans Lebuser, music 'Panama' by the Smoking Time Jazz Club)
Great footage of the Panama Jazz Festival in January 2012, and the Boquete Jazz&Blues Festival in March 2012, authored and presentend by Panamanian TV and Radio personality Noris Miranda. This video was aired on Panamanian TV.
Footage of the Boquete Jazz&Blues Festival starts at 12:49...