“All of Blues,” a musical story to share…
By Antonio Lozoya
If you love the blues, you should not miss the opportunity to enjoy this musical evening on Wednesday, March 12, at 7:30pm at the Ángela Peralta Theater when the Dave Bingham Blues Band will present the first of several extraordinary concerts as part of the International Festival of Jazz and Blues.Concert “All of Blues” Wed, Mar 12, 7:30pm Teatro Ángela Peralta 250/200/100 pesos
On this occasion, they will be performing a memorable concert of all the different blues styles that have emerged throughout history, “All of Blues,” which is an entire musical story. As in previous years, there will be a number of concerts in advance of the festival itself — November 12 to 16 — keeping the cool spirit of jazz and blues in our town during the whole year. We are pleased to share this 20th anniversary edition and thereby reaffirm the festival as the longest running event of its kind in the country. This is thanks to the participation of the public which has been involved for so long in this cultural celebration — thanks for being part of this adventure and we´ll invite you again!
The group responsible for this musical journey is the Dave Bingham Blues Band. Dave is originally from Toronto, Canada, a singer and harmonica performer. He is well known because he was part of one of the most representative rock bands of the late ’60s called The Ugly Duckling. It opened concerts for The Rolling Stones, who regarded it as one of their favorite Canadian bands. Additionally the band interacted with The Animals, The Beach Boys, The McCoys, Wilson Pickett, Sam the Sham and The Pharoahs, Gary Lewis and The Playboys, Jeff Healey, Lee Aaron, Albert King, Edgar Winter and King Biscuit Boy. Dave has also jammed with iconic artists such as Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Miles, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker.
The other members of the band include Ken Basman on guitar, certainly one of the most renowned guitarists nationwide. Originally from Toronto, Canada, he began his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston and continued with private lessons with Gordon Delamont, classical guitar with Eli Kassner and jazz guitar with Hank Morris and Art Devilliers. He has participated in several productions with Heart to Heart, BB Gabor, working as a guitarist, composer and arranger, has recorded two albums for EMI – Capitol, another with producer Todd Runngren (Utopia, Meatloaf), made a recording with Daniel Lanois (U2, Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan) and Paul Devilliers (Yes, Mr. Mister).
Rick Schlosser, drums, was the first drummer of Edgar Winter White Trash in 1970. He moved to Northern California in 1971, playing “Wild Night” and “Jackie Wilson Said” by Van Morrison and worked with him until late 1972. He moved to Los Angeles in 1976, recording with Rod Stewart “Tonight’s the Night” in 1977, making an important career in music recording in Los Angeles. Some of his most famous recordings are: “How You Gonna See Me Now” with Alice Cooper, “Deja Vu” with Dionne Warwick, “9 to 5” with Dolly Parton, “Endless Love” with Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie, “Through the Years” with Kenny Rogers, “Oh No” with The Commodores, “Everyday” with James Taylor, to name a few.
Antonio Lozoya, on the bass, graduated from the School of Music in Mexico City. He has performed in several festivals in Mexico, Cuba and the United States, accompanied by prominent personalities such as Dave Pike, Bob Sheppard, John Ronstadt, Randy Bernsen, Roberto Vizcaino, Dennis Perrier, John Lefwitch (quintet of bass players), Daline Jones, Ivan Renta, Francisco Mela, Paul McCandless, Othello Molineaux and others. In addition he has participated as bassist with the singers Lila Downs, Magos Herrera and Iraida Noriega. Since 1997 he has worked actively in the International Jazz Festival of San Miguel de Allende in different areas, either as a musician, director of education, musical director and producer. For five years he has made a series of concerts and didactic lectures on “History and Appreciation of Jazz.” In 2006, with Tere Urtusástegui, he reactivated the International Jazz Festival and added the flavor of blues, since then he has been charged with the general direction of the International Jazz and Blues Festival of San Miguel de Allende.
Please check our web site regularly (www.sanmigueljazz.com.mx) because we´ll have more events during the year!