9pm – Sala Galileo Galilei
Price: On the door: €22 / Advance sale: €18
Age is to blame for the fact that his albeit tenacious activity is only sporadic. 91 years of life are enough to make it more than advisable to space out his stage performances for health reasons. Even so, this devoted admirer of Dexter Gordon still manages to bring any standard he attacks slap up to date.
Born in Falces, Navarra, it didn’t take Pedro Iturralde long to fall in love with the emerging bebop of the 1940s. 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.
A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then, and with it, the episodes of a curriculum that, like Pedro’s, is a veritable treasure trove of hundreds of recording sessions for a vast array of popular music performers, multiple collaborations with major American stars passing through Spain, and countless appearances in festivals all over the world.
The prize for such overwhelming constancy is enviable: enormous prestige and a retirement that is anything but boring. And, just to round out this profile, it is interesting to know that, back in 1967, in the company of a young Paco de Lucía, he was responsible for one of the first jazz-flamenco fusion experiences.