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A Special Comida for Rodgers and Hart Lovers

By Peter Kronowitt

On Sunday, February 25, the Dominguez brothers, Alonso and Luis, will serve a special three-course comida at their highly regarded restaurant, NeXtia, at the Hotel Nena, to honor the songs of Rodgers and Hart.

Alonso Dominguez is a young chef whose particular vision of cooking distinguishes him from others. He and his younger brother, Luis, grew up learning about the culinary arts from their father, Bricio Dominguez, who runs several outstanding restaurants in both San Miguel and in Guanajuato. Nextia has placed sixth in the 15 Best Restaurants in Mexico 2016; and placed 19 in the 101 Best Restaurants in Latin America and the Caribbean 2016.

This special day is part of a series of concerts that feature composers from the Great American Songbook and will be performed by Joan Yonkler, Antonio Lozoya and Patricio Peña. Last month’s concert featured the Gershwin brothers and was sold out.

This month, Yonkler, Lozoya, and Peña will perform such songs as “My Romance,” “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “Where or When,” and “I Could Write A Book,” to mention a few.

Joan Yonkler, jazz vocalist, 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; Laporta’s in Alexandria, VA; as well as at jazz clubs in Rome, Italy, and New York City.

Antonio Lozoya, bass player, was born in Mexico City and received his bachelor’s degree as a jazz bassist at the National Institute of Fine Arts. He has performed in festivals in Mexico, Cuba, and the US. He has accompanied Dave Pike, Bob Sheppard, John Ronstadt, Dennis Perrier, Art Lande, Paul McCandles, Lila Downs, Magos Herrera and Iraide Noriega. He has been director of the International Festival of Jazz and Blues since 2006 and is the beneficiary of the national grant program for performing artists in 2014 by Fonda Nacional Para la Cultura y las Artes (National Fund for Culture and the Arts).”

Patricio Peña began his musical studies in the conservatory with studies in organ baroque and piano. He started playing jazz in 2005 under the direction of pianist David Gómez Oropeza and later with Gabriel Hernández of Cuba and Pepe Rivero of Madrid. From 2007 to 2011, he performed as a pianist and musical director of Latin American Grammy winning singer-songwriter Alberto Cortéz, in Argentina, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States.

Reservations are highly recommended.


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