Valentine’s Jazz Concert at St Paul’s Church
By Antonio Lozoya
Join us for an extraordinary concert of the XXII International Festival of Jazz and Blues in San Miguel de Allende to celebrate love and friendship. “Valentine’s Day” will be held in St Paul´s Church with the participation of the great singer Julie Kelly from the US, master guitarist Ken Basman from Canada, and bassist Antonio Lozoya from Mexico (Director of the Festival and National Grant Program for Performing Artist 2014) given by National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA).
Valentine’s Jazz Concert
Sun, Feb 14, 4pm
St Paul’s Church
The late, respected jazz critic Leonard Feather once said of jazz singer Julie Kelly, “Julie Kelly radiates a sense of joy and spontaneity. Listening to her, you are reminded that jazz singing is still alive and well!” Feather’s successor at the Los Angeles Times, the veteran critic Don Heckman, referred to Kelly as having “one of the finest vocal jazz instruments of the ’90s.” Born in Oakland, California, Kelly grew up immersing herself in gospel, blues, and jazz in addition to pop and classical music. She added, “The blues is what guides me, and the great ones have shown the way.” All of these various musical influences are, in some form or other, incorporated into her latest and best vocal album, “Kelly Sings Christy.”
Kelly spent 1971 in Brazil, and that had a profound effect on her musical development. During that period, she spent valuable time in Rio de Janeiro performing with the notable musicians Carlos Lyra and Luis Eca and meeting young, emerging artists like Milton Nascimento. Returning to the United States, she enrolled at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Here she studied composition and music theory. But, as she well described it, “I soaked up everything I could in New York.” Returning to the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1970s, Kelly came to an important musical crossroads. “I decided to commit myself to music body and soul! I played in a number of interesting groups and was a member of John Handy’s ensemble.” During her years in Los Angeles, she worked with such luminaries as Benny Green, Nat Adderley, Ray Brown, John Clayton, Ross Tompkins, Bobby Ojeda, Gary Foster, and Alan Broadbent. Kelly can be found in Leonard Feather’s Encyclopedia of Jazz. Here are some quotes: “…a singing style bounded by elegance, wit, and lyrical sensitivity…” David Nathan, All About Jazz. “Julie Kelly is truly a singer’s singer. A class act.” Royal Stokes, Jazz Times. She is one of the Top Ten Jazz Vocalists in the DownBeat Magazine Readers’ Poll.
Buy your tickets in La Conexión (Aldama 3), La Tienda in La Biblioteca (Insurgentes 25), and at St Paul’s Church (Calle del Cardo 6). Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy love songs and spend an unforgettable day!