Sachal Vasandani, Jazz Singer from New York City
By Tere Urtusástegui
Join us for an extraordinary concert from the 22nd International Jazz and Blues Festival in San Miguel de Allende, featuring the Sachal Vasandani Jazz Quartet. Vasandani is a Grammy award nominee; The New York Times has called him “a bright young singer with charisma to spare.”
Sachal Vasandani Jazz Quartet
Sat, Jul 16, 8pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
Vasandani is recognized for his singular voice, with a tone and unique phrasing that mark him as one of the most compelling voices on the scene today. Slow Motion Miracles, his 2015 release on Sony/Okeh, features his unique original lyrics and music. Produced by Steely Dan’s Michael Leonhart, this release puts Vasandani in the ranks of other leading singer/songwriters who create their own category doing what they do. His fall touring in 2015 brought him from Italy to South America; guest spots with legendary Brazilian artist Milton Nascimento and Mexican pop star Natalia LaFourcade; collaboration on the United Nations #HeforShe worldwide initiative; singing with big bands across the US; and as part of several star-studded Frank Sinatra tributes.
Vasandani has released three records. His 2011 release, Hi-Fly, reached #1 on the iTunes Jazz charts. Produced by John Clayton, it featured vocal legend Jon Hendricks. Vasandani has been touring clubs (Blue Note, Ronnie Scott’s), theaters (Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall) and festivals (North Sea, Nice Jazz) consistently since 2007. When not leading his own groups, he has performed alongside greats like Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Feinstein, and many more. A frequent collaborator with musicians of all styles, he has two originals on pianist Gerald Clayton’s current release, which was nominated for a Grammy.
He will be joined by a great pianist with astounding technique and boundless imagination, Alex Mercado. Mercado is acclaimed for his ability to write striking compositions and create vibrant sonic landscapes that have resonated with critics and audiences alike in his native Mexico City. On Symbiosis, his second trio recording (featuring Antonio Sánchez on drums and Scott Colley on bass), Mercado takes us on a journey through a vibrant musical world full of engaging melodies and dynamic improvisations.
On drums will be Victor Monterrubio and on bass, Antonio Lozoya. Lozoya was the Jazz and Blues Festival director and a recipient of the National Grant Program for Performing Artist 2014 given by National Fund for Culture and the Arts—(FONCA).
You´ll enjoy a musical journey where different styles of jazz will be performed!
Tickets at the Angela Peralta Theater. For more information, please visit the Jazz and Blues Festival web site: www.sanmigueljazz.com.mx.