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The lineup for the Jazz na Fábrica festival is by far the best and most comprehensive since its 2011 debut. From 1 August through 1 September SESC Pompeia will host artists representing traditional jazz, soul, R&B, jazz-influenced world music – with special attention to Brazil, plus a sampling of experimental and avant-garde sounds.
Audiences will have the chance to check out famous musicians like pianist McCoy Tyner (at the Teatro, on 1, 2 and 4 August), considered one of the all-time greats, known as one of the Impulse! Records’ first stars and for his recordings with legendary saxophonist John Coltrane on some of his most remarkable albums (think anything released after 1961's My Favorite Things). Another heavyweight, organist 'Doctor' Lonnie Smith (31 August and 1 Spetember), guru of the Hammond B-3, brings his incomparable arrangements capable of making old standards sound fresh.
Blues and jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson (at the Choperia, 9, 10 and 11 August), who has played here in 1994 and 2009, returns to the city to present songs from 2012's Another Country. Another big voice who has previously played four times for paulistano audiences, Macy Gray (Choperia, 23 and 24 August) has become a familiar figure to Brazilians – thanks in no small part to the inclusion of her hits on soap opera soundtracks. Staying true to the spirit of the festival, she performs jazz versions of pop hits, accompanied by a big band led by American saxophonist David Murray.
Rare sets that should promise to be highly sought after include composer and pianist João Donato (24 and 25 August), and trombonist and composer Raul de Souza (8 August), who represent local Brazilian talent at the festival.
The event feaures a dynamic schedule and is a must for anyone wishing to better understand 20th-century jazz and its place here in São Paulo today.
Tickets can be bought at all SESCs. The maximum is two tickets per person. Prices vary for each show.