Cinema, Reading, and Music in the Jazz and Blues International Festival
By María Dolores Vidargas Rojas
The 20th Jazz and Blues International Festival of Jazz in San Miguel de Allende is all decked out in the second day of activities, with the screening of the film Ray Charles, the presentation of the book by Antonio Malacara, and the Brice Winston Jazz Group at Teatro Angela Peralta.
Brice Winston Jazz Group, is headed by Brice Winston, a saxophonist and author, who has won the Grammy Award and appears as a composer and performer on numerous movie soundtracks next to Terence Blanchard and in CD recordings, including his latest project, “Magnetic.”
This artist has not only settled for interpreting and composing jazz, but he has gone further: he is co-owner of the School of Jazz at the Jazz Institute of Tucson, Arizona (TJI), which focuses on teaching jazz to students from middle and high schools around southern Arizona.
The performances of TJI have earned national and international recognition. With his “Ellington Band,” they won the competition “Essentially Ellington,” held in New York in the “Jazz at Lincoln Center” circuit. They won the title of the best band in high school from the prestigious jazz magazine Downbeat magazine.
On the other hand, the Teatro Santa Ana is the alternate venue for this festival, at which the film Ray Charles, starring Oscar winner Jaime Fox, will be projected.
Finally, on this same day, the presentation of the book about jazz by jazz critic Antonio Malacara will take place.
Ticket are already for sale at the desk of Teatro Angela Peralta. More information is at: www.sanmigueljazz.com.mx