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A Comida for Jazz Lovers

Rogers and Hart

By Joanne Janning

On Sunday, March 25, the Dominguez brothers, Alonso and Luis, will serve a special three-course comida at their restaurant, Nextia at the Hotel Nena. 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.

This month’s musical “side dish” will be to celebrate the beautiful songs from two great composers of the 20th century, Jimmy Van Heusen and Antonio Carlos Jobim. 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. The previous concerts in this series (Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Rodgers and Hart) were sold out.

Joan, Antonio, and Patricio will perform such songs as “But Beautiful,” “It Could Happen To You,” “Imagination,” “One Note Samba,” and “Corcovado” (Quiet Nights), 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, and 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. Lozoya is the beneficiary of a National Grant Program for a Performing Artist 2014 from National Fund for Culture and the Arts  (FONCA).

Patricio Peña began his musical studies in the conservatory with a focus on baroque organ and piano. He started playing jazz in 2005 under the direction of pianist David Gómez Oropeza and later with Gabriel Hernández in Cuba and with Pepe Rivero in 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.

Please join us for some great food in a beautiful setting to hear some of America’s greatest music. Reservations are highly recommended



“A Comida for Jazz Lovers”

By Jimmy and Jobim with Joan

Sun, Mar 25, 1–4pm

Nextia Restaurant

Nemesio Diez 10

Three courses at 500 pesos plus service

Telephone: 415 121 5567


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