XXIII FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE JAZZ Y BLUES DE SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE GUANAJUATO 2017
It is almost time for the XXIII edition of the International Festival of Jazz & Blues of San Miguel de Allende, from the 15th to the 19th of November. Considered as one of the most outstanding and most successful festivals of its kind in Mexico and one of the most important festivals in Latin America. In this issue we share the celebration “Year Colombia – Mexico, 2017-2018″.
For the opening we will start with a Double Concert. The duet, “Jenny Beaujean and Benjamin Garcia”, voice and acoustic bass (Jazz) and “Las Billies” female group A Capella (Jazz) both from Mexico City. Leika Mochan, Claudia Arellano, Luz Varela, Citlalli Toledo, Ingrid Beaujean and Jenny Beaujean. For the next day the extraordinary tap dancer “Sarah Reich” (Tap Dancer & Jazz Band), performer, choreographer and instructor of Los Angeles California, is one of the new leaders of its kind worldwide. It was named as one of the “25 To Watch” in the article of the magazine “Dance 2009″ of the United States. Sarah has been a very sought after dancer in different international festivals and currently belongs to the group “Postmodern Jukebox”.
On Friday “Vanessa Collier Blues Band” (Philadelphia, saxophonist and songwriter) recently nominated for the 2017 Blues Music Award (BMA) is returning from a European tour of 11 countries with Ruf’s Blues Caravan, alternating with the United States throughout this 2017. Vanessa is an energetic combination of Blues, Funk, Rock and Soul. For Saturday we will have another double Concert, celebrating the “Colombia Year – Mexico, 2017 – 2018″ with the special participation of the “Inguna Colombia Jazz Fusión” Group, located in the city of Bogota, Colombia. They have as a proposal to mix and reinterpret the Colombian musical tradition through the elements and sonorities of Jazz and contemporary music. They have been winners of several prizes in composition and interpretation in Colombia. About “Chris Bergson Blues Band”, New York singer and guitarist, “is one of the most creative composers of modern blues music.” (All Music Guide). Chris has shared the stage with BB King, Norah Jones and Etta James to name just a few.
And for the Closing Concert of the Festival an extraordinary concert “Tribute to Eric Clapton”, directed by bassist Antonio Lozoya, (* Beneficiary of the Scenic Creators Program with Trajectory, year 2014 of the National Fund for Culture and Arts) and his group “Jazz & Blues Collective” with the participation of “Special Guests”.
In addition to the concerts, there will be various free activities. In the didactic we have the Jazz Workshop, for all audiences, where we will approach the elements that make up this musical language and in audio-visual we will again have our Film Series, with a selection of projections allusive to jazz and blues.
Information from: http://www.sanmigueljazz.com.mx/festival_english.html