The Great American Songbook, a Jazz Concert

By Antonio Lozoya

The XXI International Festival of Jazz and Blues of San Miguel de Allende will present an extraordinary concert to celebrate the Great American Songbook, popular music from Broadway and Hollywood musicals from the 1920s to 1960s. Familiar composers include George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and Richard Rodgers.

The Great American Songbook
Jazz Concert
Mon, Jun 29, 7pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
250, 180, 120 pesos

Musicians participating in this special evening are the most representative of the jazz scene in our city. They will be joined by special guest singer, Alexandra James Keller. Alexandra is a 20-year-old jazz and blues singer and songwriter. Her genres include gospel, soul, fusion, and jazz. She has performed at various venues in Boston, including the Berklee Performance Center and the world-renowned Jordan Hall.

Singer and drummer Robert Kaplan has played with Dexter Gordon, Etta Jones, David Fathead Newman, and many others. With his natural rhythmic sense, he is a force to be reckoned with as a vocalist and lyricist. He has been called a romantic, a Jazz Ambassador, an expatriate, and most importantly, a master musician.

Pianist Gabriel Hernández was born in Camagüey, Cuba. He has been involved in the well-known “Jazz Plaza” festivals presented annually in Havana and was a member of the Leon Thomas and Dizzy Gillespie musical groups. These bands performed in many international jazz festivals, including Montreaux, Montreal, Jazz Jamboree (Poland), Jazz Danubio (Bratista-Czechoslovakia), and London Jazz Fest. Gabriel has shared the stage with Roy Hargrove, James Carter, Chucho Valdez, Tito Puente, The Fine Wine Trio, and many others. He regularly plays worldwide with the famous orchestra, Afro Cuban All Stars.

Guitarist Ken Basman is originally from Toronto, Canada. Working as a guitarist, composer, and arranger, Ken recorded two albums for EMI–Capitol, another with producer Todd Rundgren (Utopia, Meatloaf), a recording with Daniel Lanois (U2, Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan), and worked with Paul Devilliers (Yes, Mr. Mister). In Mexico, he has participated in productions and recordings of singers Magos Herrera and Lila Downs, presented in several parts of the country, the US, and Brazil.

Antonio Lozoya, bassist, graduated from the School of Music in Mexico City as a Bachelor of Jazz. He has performed in festivals in Mexico, Cuba, and the US, accompanied by prominent personalities such as Dave Pike, Bob Sheppard, John Ronstadt, Randy Bernsen, Roberto Vizcaino, Dennis Perrier, John Lefwitch (quintet of bassists), Othello Molineaux, Paul McCandless, Art Lande, Francisco Mela, and Brice Winston. Since 1997 he has worked actively in the International Jazz Festival of San Miguel de Allende as a musician, director of the educational area, musical director, and producer. For five years he has done a series of concerts and didactic lectures on “History and Appreciation of Jazz.” Now you know a little bit about the lineup for this great jazz concert!


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