Tribute to Eric Clapton, Closing of the International Jazz & Blues Festival

By Pavel Cervantes

It is a tradition that the International Festival of Jazz & Blues chooses a musical figure that has influence from one of these genres to dedicate a tribute to him/her. The closing program this time will be dedicated to one musician who has remained in the taste of the public for generations thanks to his originality and creativity, the legendary Eric Clapton. This musician synthesizes a combination of great blues representatives such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Freddie King, in addition to his own music.

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Closing of the International Jazz & Blues Festival
Tribute to Eric Clapton
Sun, Nov 19, 6pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
Mesones 82, Centro
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The event is on Sunday, November 19, at 6pm at the Ángela Peralta Theater, the main venue of the festival. With this event, the XXIII edition will close the festival with the longest track record in Mexico in these genres and one of the most important of its kind in Latin America.

The tribute will be directed by the bassist Antonio Lozoya (Beneficiary of the Program of Performers with Trajectory, National Fund for Culture and Arts) and will participate with his group “Jazz & Blues Collective,” composed of Kiko Kornejo with voice and guitar, Alex Rivera on the second guitar, Dave Bingham with voice and harmonica, Ana Karen Aboytes and Aurora Nunez on choirs, Rick Schlosser on the drums, Mario Torres on percussion, and Uriel Orozco on the piano and keyboard, in addition to some surprise festival guests.

Lozoya is also the director general of the festival and a musician who has played with great musicians such as Dave Pike, Bob Sheppard, Francisco Mela, Art Lande, Paul McCandless, Othello Molineaux, Brice Winston, Dennis Gruenling, Lila Downs, and Magos Herrera, among others. A graduated of the School of Music of Mexico City in jazz studies, he has appeared in various festivals in Mexico, Cuba, and the United States. Since 1997 he has actively collaborated in this festival, either as a musician, director of the educational area, music director, or producer. For five years he organized a series of concerts and didactic conferences about the “History and Appreciation of Jazz” in San Miguel de Allende, which generated new audiences. Since 2006 he has been the general director of the International Jazz & Blues Festival of San Miguel de Allende.

Along with the musical presentations, the festival presents a cycle of free cinema at noon at the Santa Ana Theater of the Public Library (Insurgentes 25, Centro), with a selection of projections allusive of jazz and blues.

The first screening will be Nina on Thursday, November 16, about the life of the pianist and singer Nina Simone. The second, Born to Be Blue, to be shown on Friday, November 17, is about the life of jazz trumpeter and singer Chet Baker, The third screening to be presented on Sunday, November 19, Cadillac Records, is a story of how some of the recordings of the blues musicians were performed, as well as the lives of their main exponents.

Do not miss the closing of this important event! The tickets tend to sell out every year!

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