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Jazz concert, Tribute to Natalie Cole

Natalie Cole

By Antonio Lozoya

The 22nd International Festival of Jazz and Blues in San Miguel de Allende presents an extraordinary concert dedicated to one of the great voices of jazz, Natalie Cole, this coming Friday at 7pm.

Jazz Concert
Tribute to Natalie Cole
San Miguel Jazz Cats and Lady Zen
Fri, Mar 11, 7pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
250/200/150 pesos

In this concert the singer Lady Zen participates with the San Miguel Jazz Cats—on guitar Ken Basman, on bass Antonio Lozoya, and on drums Victor Monterrubio.

Lady Zen, whose real name is Alzenira Quezada, is an internationally known lyric fusion poet who was recently published in Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters. She performed at the 2016 San Miguel TEDx event and was part of the lineup for the New Year’s Eve celebration for San Miguel. She has graced many stages throughout the city and volunteers her time with Magic Town Music Festival. She not only received a Fulbright Scholarship in Opera Performance through the University of Arkansas but also was given a Community Service/Social Justice award through the University of Southern Maine. She received her MFA in creative writing in 2014, studying with renowned poets such as Carol Ann Duffy, Kevin Young, Jennifer Clement, Francine Ringold, and Annie Finch. She teaches voice and performance techniques and writing, and she travels extensively as a professional entertainer.

Natalie Cole, daughter of singers Nat King Cole and Maria Cole, was a singer-songwriter and actress. She rose to musical success in the mid-1970s as an R&B artist with the hits “This Will Be,” “Inseparable,” and “Our Love.” In the 1990s, she re-recorded standards by her father, resulting in her biggest success, “Unforgettable … with Love,” which sold more than seven million copies and also won Cole numerous Grammy Awards. Natalie Cole was just eight years old when her father, Nat King Cole, recorded his first album in Spanish, scoring an unexpected international smash in 1958. Her father’s foreign-language success was a culturally captivating experience for little Natalie, who got to travel outside the country for the first time with her famous father. She vividly recalls a trip to Mexico during which she saw her first piñata, posed for pictures “as a señorita” in folkloric dress, and most memorably, witnessed first-hand the adulation and esteem that Latin American fans showed for the king, a pioneering African-American superstar.

“They loved, loved, loved him,” she recalled. “And I loved what he loved. So I fell in love with the culture.” On December 31, 2015, Natalie Cole died at the age of 65.

Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy this memorable concert. Buy your tickets at Ángela Peralta Theater’s box office for the performance on March 11 at 7 pm! 250/200/150 pesos. For more information, please visit


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