Barcelona Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival Barcelona, Spain November 24-30, 2012Sometimes picking a few festival highlights is easy. A big name turns on the charm, one or two young Turks announce their arrival on the scene, someone famous steps up at a jam session--the rest is okay, just nothing special. The Barcelona Voll-Damm Internacional Jazz Festival makes the process frustratingly difficult--it's a festival full of highlights, surprises and memorable moments, and the 2012 incarnation--the 44--proved to be no exception. Big names featured in abundance--pianists m: Chick Corea
and m: Brad Mehldau
both gave concerts in the final week; saxophonist m: Sonny Rollins
, bassist/vocalist m: Esperanza Spalding
and singer m: Melody Gardot
all appeared earlier--and some lesser-known acts and more unusual events left their own unforgettable impressions...