Tribute to Pedro Iturralde
Wednesday, November 10th
20.00 h – Fernán Gómez. Centro Cultural de la Villa
Price: €16 / Concessions: €14 / Friends of the FG: €13
We’ve said it many times before and we have to say it again today: the reason why he was so intermittently, albeit tenaciously, active in the last years of his professional life was his age. 91 years were quite enough to make it more than advisable to space out his stage performances. Even so, this devoted admirer of Dexter Gordon still managed to bring any standard he attacked slap up to date.
Born in Falces, Navarra, Pedro was a musician of deep and singular lineage, who embodied like few others of his generation Machado’s dictum “the path is made by walking”. While still just a young man, he quickly fell in love with the emerging bebop of the 1940s and just a couple of decades later, Madrid’s iconic Whisky Jazz opened its doors to his beat which, by the way, had a similar rhythm to that of such colleagues as Tete Montoliú and Vlady Bas, trailblazers, as he himself was, of Spain’s first jazz sessions of any consequence.
Pedro Iturralde was the greatest Coltrainian performer in our land, the doyen of the saxophone and jazz in our music. His style was fashioned in the 50s, with the forms of hard-bop, the same ones he would have once again presented at the concert he was scheduled to give at JAZZMADRID last year, had it not been for his death. An event which, as it happened just before the festival began, left the organisers with little room for manoeuvre to put a well-deserved tribute together. That activity will take place now.
For all this, we will be able to enjoy Pedro’s unique take on the forms of hard-bop thanks to the moving tribute paid to him by the musicians who played with him in the last years of his professional life, people who, moreover, have always enjoyed the appreciation and following of a large audience.
A lifelong artist, performer and composer, Pedro Iturralde’s career spanned seven decades of uninterrupted work, providing lots of content for jazz encyclopaedists. All this awaits you, I insist, on the stage. And, above all, a feeling of sincere gratitude to everyone who has made this tribute concert possible. The name of this saxophonist already and forever ranks among our country’s greatest jazz musicians.