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“Gypsy Jazz” concert, Tribute to Django Reinhardt

By Antonio Lozoya

Next Saturday, May 26, the XXIV International Festival of Jazz and Blues of San Miguel de Allende will hold a special concert dedicated to the music of Django Reinhardt.

XXIV Festival Internacional de Jazz y Blues presents
Tribute to Django Reinhardt
Sat, May 26, 6pm
St Paul’s Church
Cardo 6, Centro
300 and 200 pesos

Django Reinhardt, (1910–1953) was a Belgian-born French jazz guitarist and composer of Romani ethnicity, regarded as one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century. He wrote nearly 100 songs and was the first and most significant jazz talent to emerge from Europe.

Despite having two of his fingers disabled in a fire, Reinhardt forged an entirely new style of jazz guitar technique (sometimes called “hot” jazz guitar), which has since become a living musical tradition within French Gypsy culture. Benny Goodman asked him to travel with his band, which he never did, but he did tour the US with Duke Ellington‘s band in 1946. He died suddenly of a stroke at age 43.

With violinist Stéphane Grappelli, Reinhardt formed the Paris-based Quintette du Hot Club de France in 1934, today considered one of the most original bands in the history of recorded jazz.

Playing guitar at this special event is Julian Arcos, an independent professional musician originally from Mexico City and now based in San Miguel de Allende. He has extensive experience in blues, jazz, rock, funk, and other musical genres. His study of Gypsy music in the style of Django Reinhardt is one of his favorite styles to play. On the violin is Pedro Cartas, who was born in Cuba and studied violin at the National School of Arts of Cuba as well as in the Higher Institute of Arts of Havana, where he graduated as a Concertista. He participates in concerts and recordings with artists such as Placido Domingo, Silvio Rodríguez, Pablo Milanés, and Leo Brower. Additionally, Cartas has toured with symphony orchestras in various US cities, accompanied by his group and led by trumpeter Doc Severinsen. On the second guitar is Noe Cobos, originally from Navojoa, Sonora. He studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City. He has been musical director for Ofelia Guilmain, as well as a founding member of experimental music ensembles like Holy Trinity in Mexico City and La Machaca in Leon, Guanajuato. Bass player and musical producer Antonio Lozoya has a bachelor’s of music in jazz from the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City. Lozoya has performed in festivals in Mexico, Cuba, and the United States, accompanied by prominent jazz personalities such as Dave Pike, Bob Sheppard, John Ronstadt, Randy Bernsen, Francisco Mela, Art Lande, Paul McCandless, Othello Molineaux, and Brice Winston. He has backed singers such as Lila Downs, Magos Herrera, and Iraida Noriega.

Tickets for this event are on sale at Solutions, Recreo 11, and by PayPal:

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