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Katia Cardenas Jazz Tour Plants Minnesota Roots in Mexico

By Anne Nicolai

Katia Cardenas has been c


alled “the fastest rising star on the jazz scene” in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, where she performs at nationally acclaimed venues. A specialist in jazz, soul, and R&B, Cardenas’s repertoire also encompasses Latin and pop tunes, and she fronts a touring swing band, the Casablanca Orchestra.

In November, Cardenas will perform in San Miguel de Allende and throughout the Bajío region, accompanied by an elite corps of musicians from San Miguel and Querétaro.

Hosting the tour is local Latin jazz group Jazzoneando, who discovered Cardenas when they were invited to represent México and Cuba at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in 2016.

Jazzoneando presents original, contemporary arrangements of Cuban son, Brazilian bossa nova, and American jazz standards, along with original compositions. Its members include pianist/arranger Yamil Vázquez; bassist/vocalist Aarón Romo; and percussionists David Labrada, Dairon Vázquez, and Kimani Carrazana. Guests include Marco Antonio Carranco on trumpet and Jorge Luis “El Gallo” Aparicio on saxophone.

Cardenas also will perform with The Elements, featuring Patricio “Pato” Peña on keyboards, Rick Shlosser on drums, Aarón Romo on bass, and Federico Azuz on guitar.

For Cardenas, who graduated from college with a degree in psychology, music was only a side note as she pursued a career in acting, theater education, and arts administration. But in 2013, she decided to focus on her first love, vocal performance.

Recognized for her radiant energy, impeccable range, and dynamic and powerful voice, she brings emotional authenticity to every song, whether performing in an intimate space or in a grand concert hall.

Tickets and reservations available now for the following dates:

Saturday, Nov 10, 7:30pm at Teatro Ángela Peralta (San Miguel de Allende, tickets at the box office, 450/350/250 pesos).

Sunday, Nov 11, 3 pm, at El Coyoto Flaco (Atotonilco, reservations 415-139-7653, free admission, minimum required purchase of 300 pesos/person) with The Elements.

On Sunday afternoon at El Coyote Flaco, Cardenas switches from jazz to rhythm and blues with the greatest hits of Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Etta James, and more, accompanied by R&B band The Elements.



Katia Cardenas with Jazzoneando

Sat, Nov 10, 7:30pm

Teatro Ángela Peralta

Mesones 82, Centro

415 152 2200

450, 350, 250 pesos



Katia Cardenas and The Elements

Sun, Nov 11, 3pm–5pm

El Coyote Flaco

Km 2 Carretera al Santuario de Atotonilco


415 139 7653

Free cover, 300 pesos minimum required purchase


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