Jazz Legend Bobby Kapp Plays Birthday Gig at Paprika
By Tony Cohan
This Saturday, drummer and singer Bobby Kapp will celebrate his birthday with a special performance. Kapp, a longtime San Miguel resident and fixture on the music scene, will be accompanied by Adrián Flores on bass, Dulce Resillas on piano, and Federic Hulzs on saxophone. Kapp, a master jazz musician and respected musical figure in Mexico and wherever he appears, brings humor, savvy, and fun to his interpretation of standards and originals, and he never fails to delight audiences. He has often performed in clubs and concerts in San Miguel with local and visiting musicians, including guitarist Ken Basman, saxophonist Richie Cole, and Cuban piano virtuoso Gabriel Hernández.
Drummer and singer Bobby Kapp
Sat, Apr 11, 7-9pm
Ancha de San Antonio 7
Raised on the East Coast, Kapp studied percussion at the Berklee School of Music before moving to New York. There he became active in the avant garde new music scene of the ’60s, appearing on some classic records of the period, including Three For Shepp with Marion Brown; Live at Judson Hall with Noah Howard; In Search of a Mystery, Gato Barbieri’s first recording; and Dave Burrell High with pianist Dave Burrell. Bobby went on to play with jazz greats Dexter Gordon and Pharoah Sanders, among others, and in 1998 was a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Vocalist Competition. He has appeared at the Blue Note in New York City, and in 1999 performed with Etta Jones at the San Miguel Jazz Festival. With his group the Fine Wine Trio, Bobby toured Africa and the Near East, designated as Jazz Ambassadors for the United States Department of State, and played a concert performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has performed throughout Mexico over the years and was a featured performer at last year’s International Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato.
In 2013, Kapp recorded El Güero Azul, Blue White Boy, featuring Gabriel Hernández, a surprising and spirited vocal and instrumental album that has received wide praise. Last fall, he returned to New York to record a free-form jazz suite with bassist Tyler Mitchell and other stellar musicians. Two months later, he was in Cuba just before the trade embargo ended, inspiring yet another new album, Cilla Sin Embargo, dedicated to Cilla Zweig, his companion of 20 years. Of his music, Kapp has said, “I feel that the only reason for me to be around is to perform; is there any way we can communicate and raise our level of being? The music has to be about more than just being a virtuoso musician.”
Don’t miss what promises to be a delightful musical birthday celebration in words and music. Bobby Kapp Birthday Gig, April 11, 7 to 9pm, Paprika Restaurant, Ancha de San Antonio 7; www.paprikarestaurante.com; 152 4373 for reservations.