Welcome to our travel blog. We are Tabitha and Nic. In 2011 we 'retired' in our early 40s and set off to travel the world. We spent our first year in South America and have been lucky enough to make two trips to Antarctica.

Our blog is a record of our travels, thoughts and experiences. It is not a guide book, but we do include some tips and information, so we hope that you may find it useful if you are planning to visit somewhere we have been. Or you may just find it interesting as a bit of armchair travel.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Jazz in Paraty

Unwittingly, we managed to visit Paraty when something was happening, which we think explains why the original hostel was so keen to put its prices up.

The Bourbon Jazz Festival is an annual event here, and attracts artists from Brazil and elsewhere.  All of the performances are on outside stages in main squares and are free.

Not being especially familiar with jazz, and knowing that we like one and dislike other styles, but not necessarily which is which, we figured we'd just try a few.

On the Friday we had planned to see a gospel/soul performer, but it was raining hard, so we skipped that and just went out at about midnight to catch the tail end of a quintet called Delfeayo Marsalis.
The main band that we saw that evening was a seven piece called Reverendo Franklin.  They did a lot of Motown classics and a really interesting uptempo soul version of The Beatles' Eleanor Rigby.
On Saturday we caught Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings, who we both thought that we might actually have heard of, but could be wrong, and an eight piece band called Sao Paulo Ska Jazz.

On the Sunday we watched a couple of guys called Duofel doing a lot of Beatles covers.

I can't say that any of it is likely to rank amongst my favourite music performances, but some of it was pretty good, and for a free and unexpected event, it was quite enjoyable.

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