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Jazz and Blues Festival Offers Concert of Duke Ellington Songs


By Joanne Janning

Feeling in a sentimental mood? Well, you don’t even have to “Take the A Train” to St Paul’s Church on Saturday, January 12, to hear a tribute to the great music of Duke Ellington. You can stay “In a Mellow Tone” and hear some great musicians “Rockin’ in Rhythm” that day. In fact, you can “Jump For Joy” while Bobby Kapp, on vocals and drums, might sing “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” And Joan Yonkler, vocalist, might sing “I’m Beginning to See the Light.” All will be accompanied by Gabriel Hernández on piano and Antonio Lozoya on bass.

If you’ve spent time in San Miguel de Allende, you know Bobby Kapp. But did you know that he was one of ten finalists at the Thelonius Monk International Voice Competition, sharing that year’s privilege with jazz greats such as Teri Thornton, Jane Monheit, and Tierney Sutton? Or that he became a US State Department Jazz Ambassador and represented the US in countries all over Africa and Europe? Or that he played with Gato Barbieri, Dave Burrell, and Dexter Gordon? Or that he still tours around the world, performing such diverse musical genres as blues and free jazz?

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

Cuban Gabriel Hernández started studying piano at the age of seven at the Conservatory of Music of Camaguey. At 15, he received the EGREM Prize for Best Musical Orchestration. He has performed at international jazz festivals, where he shared the stage with Herbie Hancock, Chucho Valdez, Tito Puente, and Dizzy Gillespie and toured with the Crisole Band, directed by trumpeter Roy Hargrove. He toured around the world with the Afro-Cuban All Star Orchestra.

Born in México City and schooled at the National Institute of Fine Arts, Antonio Lozoya has performed in festivals in México, Cuba, and in the US. He has accompanied many great jazz musicians such as Bob Sheppard, Othello Molineaux, and Dave Pike and has accompanied great singers such as Lila Downs, Mago Herrera, and Karrin Allyson. He has performed around the country with the San Miguel Jazz Cats and is the director of the International Jazz and Blues Festival of San Miguel de Allende.

So don’t stay in solitude. You’ve got “Something to Live For.” Come join us for a stompin’ rompin’ Saturday.



XXV International Jazz and Blues Festival presents

“An Evening with Duke Ellington”

Sat, Jan 12, 7pm

St Paul’s Church

Cardo 6

350 and 250 pesos

Tickets: at Solutions and through PayPal


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