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Swinging at St. Paul’s—The Great American Songbook


By Joan Yonkler

This week was the 80th anniversary of the famed Benny Goodman jazz concert at Carnegie Hall. That was the first swing concert ever performed at the great hall. People were wary—some because they couldn’t imagine having such “wild” music performed at such a prestigious venue. And lovers of the new swing music were wary because they worried that this music, the voice of their generation, would be usurped by the “elites.” But Benny Goodman and his famed band showed them that their concerns were unfounded. This music could appeal to everyone. According to The New York Times, “Carnegie Hall had never seen an audience that behaved this way: listeners who not only listened but swayed to the music, made sounds, and seemed ready to break into some kind of hysterical dance.”

And now San Miguel will have the chance to experience such behavior at St. Paul’s Church on Saturday, January 27, starting at 5pm.

Come and hear The Great American Songbook, interpreted by some fine jazz musicians.

Bobby Kapp, vocals and drums, studied with Alan Dawson at Berklee College of Music, and in New York he played and recorded with alto saxophonists Marion Brown and Noah Howard, pianist Dave Burrell, and tenor saxophonist Gato Barbieri. In San Miguel de Allende, he co-led the Fine Wine Trio with pianist Richard Wyands and bassist Gene Perla and reunited with Noah Howard for the album Between Two Eternities. In 2014 he released Themes 4 Transmutation, and By Cactus, with pianist Matthew Shipp.

Joan Yonkler, vocals, has been performing jazz standards for the San Miguel Jazz and Blues concert series for the past few years as well as at local restaurants. She has also performed at Blues Alley in Washington, DC; Bethesda Jazz and Blues Club in Maryland; and Laporta’s in Alexandria, VA, as well as at jazz clubs in Rome and New York City.

Andrew Peruzzini, trumpet and flugelhorn, performed with the Buffalo (NY) Philharmonic Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas, the American Wind Symphony Orchestra under Robert Austin Boudreau (Pittsburgh), the Glorious Brass Quintet (Austin), the Carol McLaughlin Big Band, the jazz trio Payazzo, My Cousin Tone’ jazz ensemble, and others. He also shared the stage or classroom with Keith Jarrett, Ron Carter, Allen Vizzutti, and Rick Braun, among others.

Jaime Valle, guitarist, has performed worldwide in jazz festivals with Steve Allen, Frankie Laine, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dave Valentin, Eddie Harris, Joe Farrell, Doc Severinsen, Kenny Burrell, Big Joe Turner, John Lee Hooker, Joe Pass, Mike Wofford, Lamont Johnson, Mongo Santamaria, and many more.

Antonio Lozoya, bass player, born in Mexico City, received his bachelor’s degree as a jazz bassist at the National Institute of Fine Arts and has performed in festivals in Mexico, Cuba, and the US. He has accompanied Dave Pike, Bob Sheppard, John Ronstadt, Dennis Perrier, Art Lande and Paul McCandless, Lila Downs, Magos Herrera, and Iraida Noriega. He has been director of the International Festival of Jazz and Blues since 2006.

Tickets are available at St. Paul’s Church from Monday to Friday, 10am–2pm, and by PayPal at Don’t miss it!


The Great American Songbook Comes to San Miguel

Sat, Jan 27, 5pm

St. Paul’s Church

Cardo 6

Tickets at St. Paul’s Church

By PayPal:

300 and 200 pesos


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