Pequeno Auditório, Centro Cultural de Belém
Live transmission on RTP Palco 

(Streaming platform of RTP, Portuguese public TV broadcaster)

In September 2020 will run the 18th edition of Festa do Jazz, the most important jazz festival made by Portuguese musicians, bringing together the best of jazz and improvised music in Portugal. This year a lot has changed – the festival will happen for the first time in autumn, in a new location, with a new digital format and a new design.
But in 2020 the festival will continue its commitment to the Portuguese jazz scene. Since it’s first edition, Festa do Jazz is dedicated to support and promote Portuguese jazz musicians and in 2020 this support becomes even more urgent and relevant due to the unprecedented challenges that technicians, producers and musicians are confronted with in the face of Covid-19. Therefore Festa do Jazz has partnered up with the Culture Solidarity Fund (Fundo de Solidariedade com a Cultura) to raise funds for actors of the Portuguese cultural sector. 
This year the festival will take place for the first time at the Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) in Lisbon, and has established a brand new digital format in partnership with RTP Palco : https://www.rtp.pt/play/palco/. All the concerts will be professionally recorded and transmitted live, plus all the content of Festa do Jazz 2020 will be available for streaming on this platform even after the festival for free. Due to the pandemic the 2020 edition of Festa do Jazz will not have a live audience, it will be realized as a digital event. 

This year Festa do Jazz is proud to present a new festival design by Travassos, inspired by the organic nature of jazz and improvised music, which can result in unexpected beauty.

Over one weekend Festa do Jazz will feature lots of concerts as well as other activities like the book launch of “Festa do Jazz”, a book about the history of the festival which accompanies the history of Portuguese jazz of the last 20 years. There will be panel talks addressing current urgent issues for the jazz scene in Portugal and beyond like racism and inequality or working conditions in the cultural sector. And, last but not least, the festival will continue its core tradition of presenting combos from jazz schools all over Portugal for a national encounter, highlighting new talents. Like every year, the festival will be closed with an award ceremony, honoring outstanding artists and talent in the Portuguese jazz scene.

The concert highlights include performances of some of the most promising rising stars of Portuguese jazz like João BarradasRicardo Toscano or Gabriel Ferrandini as well as concerts of internationally acclaimed artists like Maria João and Carlos BicaSusana Santos Silva with Angélica Salvi on the harp, and Andy Sheppard´s new project with Mário Costa.
It is worth highlighting the tribute to Bernardo Sassetti in the year that he would celebrate his 50th anniversary as well as two exclusive encounters showcasing Portuguese jazz musicians in a format designed for Festa do Jazz, both well established artists („Encontro I“ like Carlos Martins, João Lobo, João Paulo Esteves da Silva and rising female talents („Encontro II“). 
Festa do Jazz is organized by the Lisbon-based non-profit organization Associação Sons da Lusofonia (ASL)with the artistic direction of Carlos Martins. This years edition will exclusively feature Portuguese artists some in collaboration with international artists who are based in Portugal.

Please find the full programme below. 

Saurday – 12th September 2020
17h00 – 17h40
Book Launch “Festa do Jazz”
With: Duarte Azinheira (editor), Gonçalo Frota e Carlos Martins
17h40 – 18h00
National Encounter of Schools
Curso Profissional de Instrumentista de Jazz da Bemposta/Portimão
Rodrigo Viegas, voc
Luan Mazziero, piano
Teacher: Davide Fournier
18h00 – 18h40
Tomás Marques Quartet
Tomás Marques, alto saxophone
Samuel Gapp, piano
Rodrigo Correia, doublebass
Diogo Alexandre, drums.
18h40 – 19h00
National Encounter of Schools
JAHAS RockSchool Porto 
Luís Graça, piano
Martim Godinho, guitar
Augusto Castro, guitar
Eduardo Tavares, doublebass
Gualter Correia, drums
Teacher: Francisco Rua
19h00- 19h40
Encontro I
Carlos Martins, tenor saxophone
João Paulo Esteves da Silva, piano
Carlos Bica, doublebass
João Lobo, drums
19h40 – 20h00
National Encounter of Schools
Art’J – Escola Profissional de Artes Performativas da JOBRA
Soraia Marques, voc
Miguel Fernandes. guitar
Maria Beatriz Ramo, doublebass
Francisco Ferreira, drums
Teacher: Pedro Neves
20h00 – 20h20
National Encounter of Schools
Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa
Francisco Neves, guitar
Eduardo Faustino, guitar
Sandra Santo, voice
Mariana Caeiro, voice
Teacher: Nuno Costa
20h20 – 21h00
Panel Talk “Jazz and the Labour Market”(coaching session)
With: Pedro Costa, Gonçalo Frota and Carlos Martins
21h00 – 21h40
Mali M´Buli Baaba - 50 years of Bernardo Sassetti
João Mortágua, alto saxophone
João Pedro Coelho, piano
Carlos Barretto, doublebass
Alexandre Frazão, drums
21h40 – 22h00
RTP/Festa do Jazz Awards
With: João Almeida (Antena 2) e Carlos Martins (Festa do Jazz)
22h00 – 22h50
Andy Sheppard Costa Oeste
Andy Sheppard, tenor/soprano saxophone
Mário Delgado, guitar
Hugo Carvalhais, doublebass
Mário Costa, drums

Sunday – 13th September 2020
16h30 – 17h40
Panel Talk “Portugal, Jazz and racism”
with: Mamadou Ba (SOS Racismo), Maria João, Selma Uamusse
17h40 – 18h00
National Encounter of Schools
JB Jazz Clube
Sara Barros, voc
Filipe Cordeiro, guitar
João Fonseca, guitar
Erik Dornelles, electric bass
Gonçalo Machado, drums
Teacher: Nuno Ferreira
18h00 – 18h40
Gabriel Ferrandini “Volúpias”
Pedro Sousa, tenor saxophone
Rodrigo Pinheiro, piano
Hernâni Faustino, doublebass
Gabriel Ferrandini, drums and percussion
18h40 – 19h00
National Encounter of Schools
Universidade de Évora
Constança Ochoa, voc
Francisco Carvalhido, saxophone
Rui Ferreira, guitar
Jorge Simão Lamas, doublebass
Rafael Santos, drums 
Teacher: Claus Nymark
19h00 – 19h40
João Barradas Solo
João Barradas, accordion and midi accordion
19h40 – 20h00
National Encounter of Schools
ESMAE Jazz Ensemble
Hugo Caldeira, trombone
Rafael Santos, clarinet and guitar
Rui Catarino, guitar
Gonçalo Ribeiro, drums
Teacher: Pedro Guedes
20h00 – 20h20
Encontro II
Inês Proença, piano
Maria Fonseca, trumpet.
Sofia Queiróz, doublebass
Beatriz Félix, drums
20h20 – 21h00
Susana Santos Silva + Angélica Salvi 
Susana Santos Silva, trumpet
Angélica Salvi, harp
21h00– 21h40
Ricardo Toscano “ The Sound of Desire”
Ricardo Toscano, alto saxophone
Demian Cabaud, doublebass
Marcos Cavaleiro, drums
21h40 – 22h00
Honourable Mentions of Schools / Discourse
With: Carlos Martins and João Almeida
22h00 – 22h50
Maria João & Carlos Bica Quartet
Maria João, voc
Carlos Bica, doublebass
André Santos, guitar
João Farinha, piano and synths

This edition is made possible by the support and sponsoring of Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, DGArtes, Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) Villa Galé Hotels and DST Group.
The Culture Solidarity Fund (Fundo de Solidariedade com a Cultura) is created by Santa Casa da Misericórdia, GDA, Audiogest and GEDIPE.
Promoter: Associação Sons da Lusofonia
Artistic Direction: Carlos Martins
Executive Production: Inês Lobo
Technical Direction: Rui Guerreiro
Production: Inês Lobo, Luís Hilário
Production Assistant: Catarina Fernandes
Design: Travassos
Sponsorship: DGArtes, Santa Casa da Misericordia de Lisboa DST Group, Vila Galé Hoteis
Partners: RTP Palco, CCB
Supporters: Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Universidade Lusíada de Lusíada e Orquestra de Jazz de Matosinhos
Promoter: Associação Sons da Lusofonia
Media Partners: Antena 2, Antena 1, Público
Link RTP Palco: https://www.rtp.pt/play/palco/