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Magos Herrera opens Jazz and Blues Festival

By Jade Arroyo

To inaugurate the 18th International Jazz and Blues Festival, a concert was offered on November 15 at the Ángela Peralta Theater by the singer Magos Herrera and her band, made up of pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Orlando Lefleming and drummer Alex Kautz. Magos Herrera is a Mexican jazz vocalist with a beautiful voice, and she sings in Spanish, English and Portuguese.

That night, she sang some songs by Chico Guarque and Vinicius de Moraes, but she focused on a tribute to Mexican music from the 1930s to 1950s, honoring the maestro Agustín Lara and his African-American influences, as in the song “Noche Criolla.” She offered some songs from her latest recordings, including “Distancia” and “México Azul,” along with some unreleased songs.

Magos has participated in the festival several times; at the beginning of her career, 14 years ago, it was one of the places where she got her start. She is internationally renowned and her performances are among the most anticipated by jazz lovers.

Before starting the concert, Magos thanked the festival’s director, Antonio Lozoya, for his friendship and support. She offered a few words to the public to welcome them, and said that it was a pleasure to be able to share art in such a poetic and beautiful way, through music. “Welcome to this theater, where we return over and over again. To me, coming to San Miguel is like coming back home,” the artist said.

Read more about Herrera on page 16, in an interview by Antonio De Jesús Aguado.


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