San Miguel Jazz and Blues Festival: The Great American Songbook

By Antonio Lozoya

The 21st International Festival of Jazz and Blues of San Miguel de Allende will present an extraordinary concert to celebrate the Great American Songbook Next Monday, June 29, in the Ángela Peralta Theater at 7pm. The concert covers popular music from Broadway and Hollywood musicals prevalent during the 1920s to 1960s. Composers include George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and Richard Rodgers. Some  representative singers of this era were Frank Sinatra, Al Jolson, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, and  Mel Torme. This timeless music offered hope of better days during the Great Depression and two world wars and helped build social bridges. The songwriters of the Great American Songbook translated positive values and an optimistic spirit into the soundtrack of American life. The musicians who will participate in this musical evening are representative of the jazz scene in our city: Robert Kaplan (singer and drummer, USA), Gabriel Hernández (pianist Cuba), Ken Basman (guitarist Canada), Antonio Lozoya (bassist Mexico), Lozoya won The National Grant Program for performing artista 2014-2017 by FONCA and was the festival General Director. For this occasion, they will have a special guest, the singer Alexandra James Keller from USA.

Jazz Concert: The Great America Songbook
Mon, June 29, 7pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
250, 180, 120 pesos

During the following months the International Festival of Jazz and Blues in San Miguel de Allende will present some special concerts celebrating their 21st birthday. I invite you to visit the festival website,, where you can obtain additional information. Do not miss this concert. It will be a pleasant experience!


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