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International Jazz and Blues Festival Concert to Feature Pedigreed Guest Musicians

By Tere Urtusástegui

On Thursday, July 11, the Angela Peralta Theater’s presentation of the XXV International Jazz and Blues Festival’s supplemental concert will highlight music showing how Latin composers came to a crossroads with jazz in the 1940s and 1950s.

This concert will feature Latin jazz songs from México, including “Bésame Mucho,” “Cuando Vuelva a Tu Lado,” “One-Note Samba,” “How Insensitive,” and “El Manisero.” There will also be original music and some tunes from the jazz repertoire.

Another highlight will be the participation of two outstanding musicians from San Luis Potosí—drummer and singer Karina Colis and pianist Samuel Martínez.

Colis, who is based in New York City, graduated summa cum laude from the Berklee College of Music in 2006. Her musical work is characterized by a diversity of rhythms and styles, combining the roots of various Latin/South American traditions with elements of jazz, fusion, and pop. Colis has been a member of several musical projects and has performed at international festivals and jazz venues in over 20 countries, including Birdland Jazz Club, Smalls, Lincoln Center, the Blue Note Jazz Festival, and the Fusion Festival in Germany. She has collaborated or shared the stage with many internationally-acclaimed artists such as Edmar Castañeda, Esperanza Spalding, Giovanni Hidalgo, Paquito D’Rivera, Jorge Glem, John Benitez, and Ruben Blades.

Samuel Martínez Herrera is a composer, pianist, and music educator. A student of Jorge Martínez Zapata and Luis Marín, he also took private lessons with pianists Mark Levine, Tim Ray, Alón Yavnai, Rafael Alcalá, Enrique Nery, Danilo Pérez, Toby Koenigsberg, and Takeshi Ohbayashi. He graduated from the Puerto Rico Conservatory with a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance and Caribbean music in 2010. He has performed in Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Canada, Costa Rica, Egypt, and the United States. During his stay in Puerto Rico, he shared the stage with Miguel Zenón, Luis Perico Ortíz, Eddie Gómez, David Sánchez, Charlie Sepúlveda, Paoli Mejías, Bryan Lynch, and Oscar Stagnaro.

On percussion and vocals is Julián Mendieta, and on bass is Antonio Lozoya, both two outstanding San Miguel musicians.

Buy tickets for this event at the Ángela Peralta Theater box office or by PayPal:


XXV International Jazz & Blues Festival

“Latin Jazz”

Thu, Jul 11, 7pm

Teatro Ángela Peralta

Mesones 82, Centro

400, 350, and 250 pesos

Tickets: box office




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