The Annual Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

The longest running jazz fest in the Caribbean celebrates 22 years!

2018 Dominican Republic Jazz FestivalThe Dominican Republic Jazz Festival is a fun time in Cabarete and falls on Constitution Day weekend. With events that span the entire country, it’s one of  the biggest cultural events in the country.

From October 26 – November 4, some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians will come together to jam on the stages of the longest running Jazz Fest in all of the Caribbean.

This year’s festival theme is “ Voices for Peace & Humanity” with a special emphasis on the impact of singers in jazz to bring forward a powerful message of freedom, creativity, and hope for all mankind,” says Marco Pignataro, Artistic Advisor to the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, and Managing Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. “By celebrating singers,” he continues, “the festival also recognizes that the human voice was used for artistic expression before the invention of instruments and because all melodic instruments learn from the human voice, it can be suggested that all music is influenced from vocal music.”

FEDUJAZZ – Educational Foundation for Jazzfest


FEDUJAZZ,  a partner of the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival was established in 2012. Located in Cabarete, the educational foundation is just one of the many programs aimed to promote societal development for the youth of the Dominican Republic. The vision behind the Jazz Festival’s collaboration with FEDUJAZZ is to provide workshops with artists and thus an excellent music program for Dominican youth. We got this from their website:

A Dominican student entering the public education system has less than a 10% chance of graduating from high school (United Nations [UN], 2005). Research has shown that children and adolescents are stimulated to improve their education and learning aptitude through music. Studies have proven that children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.”

The Line-Up for the 2018 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

The grand finale of the celebration is on Saturday and Sunday. Cabarete is always the closing location for the Festival that also sets its stage in Santo Domingo, Santiago, Sosua, Puerto Plata, and now Cap Cana.

The Cabarete main stage is set up in front of Pomodoro Restaurant. The concert is free and anyone can enjoy it from the beach. To sit in front of the stage you can buy VIP tickets online.

Festival Date, Show Location, Country Dedication

Friday, October 26, 2018 – Santiago, Centro Leon

  • Edmar Castañeda
  • Pavel Núñez

Thursday, November 1, 2018 – Puerto Plata, Plaza de la Independencia

  • Xiomara Fortuna
  • Sissy Castriobani

Friday, November 2, 2018 – Sosúa, Playa Alicia

  • 6pm: “Mothers with Sissy” Parade: Mothers and children will model designs by Sissy Bermudez in support of the Fedujazz Foundation.
  • Tutti Druyan featuring Edmar Colón
  • Grupo Bonyé

Saturday, November 3, 2018 – Cabarete, Playa de Cabarete

  • Luciana Souza
  • Berklee Global Jazz Institute

Sunday, November 4, 2018 – Cabarete, Playa de Cabarete

  • Omara Portuondo
  • El Prodigo & Sandy Gabriel
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