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Can I Be Frank?

By Joanne Janning

Let’s have a birthday party for one of the greatest song stylists to ever grace the US stage. On December 12, Frank Sinatra would have been 100 years old. Since December 12 is El Día de Guadalupe, we plan to celebrate Sinatra’s birthday on Wednesday, December 9, at the Teatro Santa Ana. Appearing will be the San Miguel Jazz Cats, Joan Yonkler, and special guest Johnny Favourite.

Can I Be Frank?
A Homage to Frank Sinatra
Wed, Dec 9, 7:30pm
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
150 Pesos

The San Miguel Jazz Cats will play jazzy versions of some of the greatest Sinatra tunes. Ken Basman, a renowned guitarist nationwide, has collaborated with many of the best known jazz musicians in Mexico, the United States, and Brazil⎯including Magos Herrera and Lila Downs. Originally from Toronto, Basman studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston and continued studying with Gordon Delemont, an arranger for Duke Ellington. He also studied classical guitar with Eli Kassner and jazz guitar with Hank Morris and Art Devilliers. Basman has participated in several productions with Heart to Heart, BB Gabor, Todd Runngren, Daniel Lanois, and Paul Devilliers. Basman has performed at the International Jazz and Blues Festival in San Miguel de Allende for more than 15 years.

Antonio Lozoya, a bass player, was born in Mexico City and received his bachelor’s degree as a jazz bassist at the National Institute of Fine Arts and has performed in festivals in Mexico, Cuba, and the United States. He has accompanied Dave Pike, Bob Sheppard, John Ronstadt, Dennis Perrier, Art Lande, and Paul McCandles, among others, and has also participated with Lila Downs, Magos Herrera, and Iraide Noriega. He has been director of the International Festival of Jazz and Blues since 2006. Lozoya is the beneficiary of the National Grant Program for Performing Artist 2014 by National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA).

Víctor Monterrubio, a drummer, began his studies at the Academy of Music Fermata in Mexico City after he entered the College of Music in Jazz where he participated in clinics given by the Esbjorgn Trio Svensson of Sweden, Diedre Catright of Great Britain, Manuel Rocheman Trio of France, Criss-Cross of Austria, John Scofield of the United States, David Sanchez of Puerto Rico, Antonio Sanchez of Mexico, and Enrique Tousaint of Mexico.

Joan Yonkler, a singer, has recently performed in Washington, D.C., at Blues Alley, Laporta’s in Alexandria, Virginia, and at Café Elegance in Rome, Italy. In San Miguel, she performed at sold-out concerts for the San Miguel Jazz and Blues Festival.

Johnny Favourite is known for his renditions of Sinatra songs. His classic style and range of the Great American Songbook holds wide appeal, and his swinging style is timeless. Currently living in San Miguel, he hails from Newfoundland, Canada, and has lived throughout the world performing in more than 60 countries. Tickets are available one week before the event at the Teatro Santa Ana.


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