International Festival of Jazz & Blues raises expectations

By María Dolores  Vidargas Rojas

The International Festival of Jazz & Blues in San Miguel de Allende, to be held from November 13 to 17, is raising great expectations. Among the guest artists are Grammy winner Paul McCandless and the Art Lande Quartet.

On November 15, the Ángela Peralta Theater will play host to Grammy winner Paul McCandless and the Art Lande Quartet. McCandless, originally from Indiana, Pennsylvania, inherited a love for music from his parents, who were both music teachers. He plays oboe, saxophone, English horn, bass clarinet, soprano and sopranino and is a forerunner in the world of jazz.

McCandless has recorded 200 albums and has shared the stage with artists such as Carla Bley, Wynton Marsalis, Jaco Pastorius and Fred Simon, among many others. For his outstanding work McCandless was awarded a Grammy in 1996 for best instrumental pop and movie soundtrack.

The musician will share the stage with the Art Lande Quartet, made up of Grammy-nominated Art Lande, an internationally known pianist, composer, jazz drummer and educator and one of the most important figures in the field of improvisation, along with Dennis Gruenling on harmonica and Steve Guyger, who plays harmonica and sings.

Another major concert presented by the International Festival of Jazz & Blues will be by Randy Bernsen, guitarist and composer of jazz and rock, who has played with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Bob James and Peter Erskine.

As a complement to this 19th edition of the International Festival of Jazz & Blues the film series “An Evening with Jazz” and a workshop on Jazz and Blues Language taught by Ingrid Beaujean will be presented at Teatro Santa Ana in La Biblioteca. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

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