La locomotora negra

They will round off the day in the evening with a great jazz concert in the Meadow.


7 pm Meadow PARTY FINALE

Admission is free


La Locomotora Negra are one of the longest-serving groups in the world of jazz in this country. They made their debut in 1971 in a quintet format. In time, the group has expanded to reach the current number of 17 members, releasing more than 13 CDs during their 44-year history.

La Locomotora Negra’s style is oriented towards the most popular facets of black jazz. Their models are the most famous bands of the Swing period, such as the Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington and Count Basie orchestras. Their repertoire also includes performances in the New Orleans style and arrangements by their own members.

They have taken part in international jazz festivals all over the country, including several appearances at the Barcelona festival, where they have become a classic, as well as San Sebastián, Vitoria, Terrassa and Andorra.They have also performed at big international music festivals like those at Perelada, Portaferrada, Cambrils, Huesca, Palma de Mallorca and many others.Outside Spain, La Locomotora Negra have appeared at the Middelheim International Festival in Antwerp (Belgium), and in France at the Saint Gilles Croix de Vie (1993) festival and several times at Montauban. 

Throughout their history, the band have accompanied top international musicians like Bill Coleman, Benny Waters, Gene “Mighty Flea” Conners, with whom they recorded an album, "Wild" Bill Davis, Harold Ashby and Willie Cook.

In 2002, La Locomotora Negra received the Creu de Saint Jordi (St George’s Cross) from Catalan Prime Minister Jordi Pujol for their work in popularising jazz in Catalonia over the previous 32 years.

Year after year, the band have produced and presented new shows and repertoires, including the Louis Armstrong tribute concert "Louis Armstrong 100 years" to celebrate their 30th anniversary; the concert of sacred music "Memorial Duke Ellington”, which they produced in cooperation with Coral Sant Jordi, and various soloists; the show “Dames del Jazz”, a tribute to the great female voices of jazz with the cooperation of the voices of the Catalan Big Mama and the Americans Kathy Autrey and Leslie Bee; "Swingin’ for Hamp" as part of the Barcelona Jazz Festival, a tribute to the sadly missed vibraphone player Lionel Hampton; and the show "Jazzin' & Dancin'", in which, with the lindy hop dancers the Barcelona Jazz Cats and the tap dancers Barcelona Rhythm Tap, they offered a journey through the atmospheres where jazz and dancing historically came together.

Coinciding with its 35th anniversary, the band offered a special show to cover its entire career, remaining faithful to the principles of swing and offering everything from classics by performers like Duke Ellington to original tunes by its own members.

Other outstanding shows included “La Locomotora Negra: 35 anys/35 mm”, offering us a compendium of original versions from Hollywood films, playing with the band’s 35th anniversary and accompanied once again by the Barcelona Jazz Cats and the singer Kathy Autrey; the superproduction in tribute to Salvador Espriu "He mirat aquesta terra” (I have looked at this land) with Coral Sant Jordi and other soloists; the opening show for the 2013 jazz festival "Golden Standards: The American Songbook" reviewing the great vocal jazz standards with the participation of the vocalists Susana Sheiman, Marina Tusset and Gemma Abrié; and one of their most recent shows: “From Gospel to Swing”, presented at the Barcelona Jazz Festival together with the gospel choir Gospel Messengers.  


      Members of La Locomotora Negra

Ricard Gili, leader and trumpet

Isidre Delgado, trumpet

Miquel Donat, trumpet

Arnau Boix, trumpet

Marc B. Trepat, trombone

Victor Gonzàlez, trombone

Xavier Trepat, trombone

Oscar Font, trombone

Tomás Gonzàlez, tenor sax

Lluís Trepat, clarinet, alto sax and bass clarinet

Toni Gili, tenor and soprano sax

Àngel Molas, baritone sax

Albert Gassull, alto sax

Cristòfol A. Trepat, piano

Jordi Casanovas, bass

Albert Romaní, guitar

Carles Gili, drums


La locomotora negra