Hot international jazz in Cartagena, Costa Blanca

Lucky Peterson and wife Tamara Tramell Credit: Facebook

IT’S time for Jazz in Cartagena again and the annual festival has three more nights of big international names appearing at the Nuevo Teatro Circo with each concert starting at 9.30pm.

On Saturday November 16, the theatre welcomes American singer Stacey Kent direct from Madrid before returning to her US tour.

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She has a collection of gold and platinum discs and appearing with her will be her touring band as they perform a selection of Brazilian and French numbers as well as some of the lyrics written by Nobel Literature Prize Winner Kazuo Ishiguro.

Support for the concert which costs €20 is Belgian singer and flute player Mélanie De Biasio who is described as being a cross between Sade and Billie Holliday with a touch of the Velvet Underground thrown in.

She first appeared in Spain at Cartagena in 2014 and this welcome return sees her accompanied by a three piece band.

On Friday November 22, it is the turn of Youn Sun Nah who has travelled from her homeland to Europe and performed all over with this being her first appearance in Cartagena.

She has just launched a new album on the Warner Brothers label and will be accompanied by a duo with guitars and synthesiser so expect something quite different with tickets costing just €15.

The label Jazz incorporates a number of different styles and on November 23, the festival comes to an end by blues royalty, guitarist, organist and singer Lucky Peterson who learned at the feet of his father James Peterson, Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters.

Following the death of BB King, he is considered one of the last of the major old school blues musicians although with his current band he features wife, Texas singer Tamara Tramell who plays a mixture of southern soul and modern R&B.

Tickets for this show cost €18 and all can be purchased online at


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