Jazz & Blues Festival 2012
By María Dolores Vidargas Rojas
Everything is ready for the International Jazz & Blues Festival, to be held in San Miguel de Allende from November 15 through 18. It is the oldest festival of its kind in Mexico, and one of the most important in Latin America. This year there will be four concerts and an educational workshop for young people from different schools, not necessarily music students. The aim is to bring them closer to jazz and share this music that has no boundaries and in turn will create new audiences in the following generations.
The inaugural event, a free show, will be presented on November 15. Magos Herrera will perform at Teatro Ángela Peralta beginning at 6pm. Herrera is a Mexican jazz singer who includes in her repertoire performances in Spanish, English and Portuguese and is internationally recognized in this genre. After her acclaimed first performance in San Miguel two years ago, local jazz lovers will delight in seeing and hearing her again. She will be accompanied by a quartet from New York City, made up of pianist Aaron Goldberg, guitarist Nil Felder, bassist Orlando Lefleming and drummer Alex Kautz.
The rest of the concerts will also be presented at the historic Teatro Ángela Peralta, at eight in the evening: on Friday, November 16, J. K. O’Donnell and The Blues Streak; on Saturday, November 17, Bob Montgomery and Herman Allen Quintet; and on Sunday, November 18, San Miguel Jazz Cats and Special Guests, featuring among other musicians singer and harmonica player Randy Singer, Cuban pianist Gabriel Hernandez, singer Robert Kaplan, percussionist Julian Mendieta, drummer Rick Shlosser and keyboardist Uriel Orozco. This special closing progam will be a tribute to the music of Sting. Tickets will be on sale at the Teatro Ángela Peralta box office. For complete information, visit the official website at www.sanmigueljazz.com.mx.