Billy Joel Tribute at Jazz Festival

By Ana Barrón

To close the 22nd International Jazz and Blues Festival, there will be a tribute to the singer, songwriter, and pianist Billy Joel at Bellas Artes on Sunday, November 20, by the San Miguel Jazz Cats and special guests.

Concert
Homage to Billy Joel
International Festival of Jazz and Blues
Sun, Nov 20, 7pm
Bellas Artes

One could say that the musical career of Billy Joel began in 1973 when he launched his album The Piano Man, and overnight became a popular star, his signature tune being “Just the Way You Are.” Rolling Stone magazine has named him as one of the 100 best singers of all time, and his music has had a great influence on jazz, blues, and R&B.

San Miguel Jazz Cats is led by the bass player Antonio Lozoya and completed by Victor Monterubio on drums and the recent addition of the guitarist Jaime Valle. The group has been in existence for 17 years, constantly performing in different places throughout the country in addition to accompanying many performers at the festival.

“San Miguel Jazz Cats is a group which knows and understands comprehensively the language of jazz, executing it in a masterly fashion.” —Burrill Crohn, producer, writer, and director of jazz documentaries.

Antonio Lozoya is a graduate of the Escuela Superior de Music in Mexico City where he received a degree in jazz. In his career he has performed at important music festivals in Mexico, Cuba, and the US and has collaborated with such artists as Dave Pike, Othello Molineaux, Lila Downs, Magos Herrera, John Ronstadt, Art Lande, Paul McCandless, Brice Winston, and with the Dutch pianist Bert van Der Been, with whom he recorded a CD. Since 2006 he has been in charge of the general direction of this festival, together with Tere Urtusástegui, musician, producer, and festival co-director.

The festival is a cultural organization dedicated to the appreciation and advancement of jazz and blues. If you would like to be a benefactor, please contact sanmigueljazz@yahoo.com.mx

Tickets are on sale at La Conexión, the Biblioteca and via PayPal on the festival web page; http://www.sanmigueljazz.com.mx/boletos.html

Long live the jazz and blues experience in San Miguel de Allende!

 

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