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Doug Robinson Plays Well With Others! A Mini Music Festival in a Single Night

By Doug Robinson

I’m always suspicious when I read articles promoting upcoming events written by the performers themselves—can you really trust us to be objective about our own work?

Jazz, World Music, Blues
Thu, Jan 8, 8pm
San Miguel Theater Company
Ave. Independencia 82
200 pesos (includes dessert sampler)
Tickets available at La Conexión Aldama and Libramiento

On the other hand, who besides the artists are as qualified to deliver scintillating details about our upcoming concerts? Does it really matter if we throw in a few glowing adjectives in an attempt to get on your calendar? That said, I’m here to announce what I hope will be the first unforgettable musical event of 2015. “Plays Well with Others!” will be a soulful evening of connection between excellent musicians from different worlds.

Iraida Noriega is a terrific singer who has studied in New York with Sheila Jordan, among others. She has an easy presence that belies the intensity of her spirit and the depth of her skills. David Scott (saxophone, flute, and pennywhistle) is one of my oldest and closest musical accomplices. He’s super talented and more exciting to watch than any other Australian Zydeco/jazz musician I know. Dale Carley (trumpet) is a new friend who honed his bluesy style while playing with Count Basie and the legendary Buddy Rich Band.

Roberto Falcón (bass) is a freakishly talented young man with whom I played in Vallarta. He’s already an Internet sensation due to his jaw-dropping technique, but it is his sensitivity onstage that makes him my favorite. Jesús Estrada (drums) is another excellent band mate from Vallarta. When Jesús and Roberto lock into a funky groove, they really make the music move. With Jesús, it’s always about the song and not just the drums.

My good friend Ken Basman (guitar) is widely acknowledged to be one of Mexico’s top jazz players. I’ve never met a more empathetic player than Ken. For 10 years now, we’ve been finishing each other’s musical thoughts and I hope to present our telepathic grooviness in a way that is new to you. As for me, I’m a multi-instrumentalist and composer who likes to try new things, having played with artists as diverse as contemporary jazz drummer Peter Erskine, Tony Award-winner Ben Vereen, and classic rockers Peter and Gordon. I’ll be playing organ and singing a couple of (hopefully) witty originals.

Our repertoire will blend original compositions with unusual interpretations of songs like Iraida’s stunning arrangement of “Hijo de La Luna,” David’s take on a swinging hit by Peggy Lee, whisper quiet duets and trios, blues-inspired improvisations, and more. And finally, as you walk into the theater, you will receive your personal dessert sampler, lovingly prepared by my favorite natural baker, Denise Rosenfeld. It all happens at the new San Miguel Theater Company in Independencia, a great space for performing. There’s free parking in a secure lot and concierge taxis for after the show. Beer and wine will be available. We hope to see you there!


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