ABOUT JAVIER

Currently recognized as one of the benchmarks in the vibraphone in Spain, Javier Navas is part of the new generation of jazz musicians who have become an indisputable reference of this style, throughout the country.

Strongly influenced by his education in classical and orchestral percussion, his language is nourished by forming with musicians such as Juanjo Guillem, Rafael Gálvez, Belén López, John Bergamo or Leigh H. Stevens in the classical repertoire. In his jazz aspect, he has received classes from Arturo Serra, Jorge Rossy or Tony Miceli, in addition to other reference musicians such as Peter Bernstein, David Kikoski or Steve Grossman.

In the classical field, he regularly works with the Málaga Symphony Orchestra, the Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra or the Málaga Chamber Ensemble, premiering and touring with the show Desnúdame el alma. As a result of his degree in History and Music Sciences, he has worked in different musical fields, such as research or dissemination of the classical repertoire, together with the Avalonia Quartet, Cuarteto Granada or Plural Ensemble.

After completing his Musicology studies, he entered the world of jazz and, little by little, began to play with important musicians on the current scene and leading his own projects.Javier shared the stage with musicians such as Enrique Oliver, Phil Wilkinson, Pedro Cortejosa, Bob Sands, Julián Sánchez, Bori Albero, Toño Miguel, Fernando Brox, Albert Vila, Borja Barrueta, Javier Galiana, Dani Domínguez, Ernesto Aurignac, Juan Galiardo, Toni Mora, David León, José Carra, Andrés Litwin, Ariel Brínguez, Marco Mezquida, Ramón Prats, etc.

In 2013, he began working on his own repertoire for quartet formation that, years later, would conclude on his first recording as leader, Finally in my hands (Ambar Records, 2016), while he co-chaired the ensemble The Beatles Songbook. (recording a live album, LIVE, in 2014).

In 2017, commissioned by the Malaga International Jazz Festival, he was commissioned to close the Festival by creating a project for jazz band and symphony orchestra. This commission, entitled Jazz con Oscar, features the participation of a sextet formed by Julián Sánchez, Enrique Oliver, Marco Mezquida, Toño Miguel, Ramón Prats and Javier himself, together with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Málaga, Jose Carra in the arrangements and orchestration.

A year later, in October 2018, Javier released his second album as a leader, Fresh start, which led him to perform throughout much of Spain, participating in major festivals and cycles across the country. An album that consolidates a voice, a language of his own, within the national jazz scene, with a stable and long-lasting line-up.

Throughout 2021, Javier is working intensively on the production of his new studio album, La revolución (Blue Asteroid Records), which will be released throughout Spain in 2022. In the meantime, he has released new compositions recorded live and a short documentary about the creative process of his band, entitled “Desde cero”.

He is currently one of the most sought-after musicians for his versatility and style, a vibraphonist in continuous development, combining the classical and technical knowledge of the instrument with the sophisticated and evolved language of jazz and modern music.