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The International Jazz Day

By Tere Urtusástegui

The XXIII International Festival of Jazz and Blues of this city will hold an extraordinary concert to celebrate International Jazz Day. Leading musicians of different nationalities will share their music: Flora Pasquet—singer (France), Robert Kaplan—drummer and singer (USA), Patricio Peña—piano (Mexico), Azande Cummings—drums and vibes (USA), and Antonio Lozoya—bassist and musical director (Mexico).

International Jazz Day
Sat, Apr 29, 7pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
Mesones 82
300, 250, 200, 150 pesos

Jazz is much more than music. It is a lifestyle and an instrument of dialogue, even of social change. The history of jazz tells the story of the power of music to bring together artists from different cultures and backgrounds, as a conductor of integration and mutual respect. In times of change and uncertainty, we need the power of jazz more than ever to bring people together and strengthen respect for shared values. The new generation needs tools that send a message of peace to the heart, and jazz is one of them. In November 2011, during the General Conference of UNESCO, the international community proclaimed April 30 as International Jazz Day.

This show aims to sensitize the public to the virtues of jazz as an educational tool and as a vehicle for peace, unity, dialogue, and strengthening cooperation between peoples.

The French-born singer Flora Pasquet brings forth a repertoire borrowing from French, Criollo, Spanish, and English with a touch of nu soul, inviting excited audiences to discover through their ears a whole new universe of past, present, and future tendencies of improvised music genres. Bobby Kapp has been one of the leading musicians in the jazz scene in San Miguel de Allende, as a drummer, singer, and harmonica performer. He’s played with Gato Barbieri, Dexter Gordon, Marion Brown, Etta Jones, Dave Burrell, and Howard Noha. Alfred Thompson (saxophone), a Cuban musician with an extensive career, won two Grammy Awards. The first was with the famous Cuban jazz group “Irakere” led by pianist Chucho Valdes, and the second was with the Orchestra of Ibrahim Ferrer of the Buena Vista Social Club. Patricio Peña performed as a pianist and musical director with the Latin American Latin Grammy-winning singer, Alberto Cortez, performing more than 90 concerts in countries such as Argentina, Chile, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Azande Cummings (drums and vibes) has performed professionally with New York’s finest musicians: Richard Williams, Roland Alexander, Wes Belcamp, and the legendary pianist Red Garland. Antonio Lozoya (bass and musical direction) has performed accompanied by prominent jazz personalities such as Dave Pike, Bob Sheppard, John Ronstadt, Art Lande, Paul McCandless, and Othello Molineaux, among others. He has backed up singers Lila Downs, Magos Herrera, and Iraida Noriega. Lozoya was the 2014 beneficiary of the Performing Artists with the Trajectory Award from the National Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA), and he is the director of the Festival.

We will enjoy a musical journey through which different styles of jazz will be addressed, such as the influence of Blues, the Latin of Cuba and Mexico, and great themes of traditional jazz, majestically executed by participants in this musical evening.

You can purchase your tickets at the Angela Peralta Theater box office or through PayPal at

Do not miss this performance on Saturday, April 29, at 7pm. It will be an opportunity to listen to these great musicians who are celebrating what jazz represents: peace and unity.


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