|13th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF JAZZ AND BLUES
NOVEMBER 21 – 25, 2007
This year’s 2007 jazz and blues festival launched what promises to be the biggest and best jazz festival ever in the history of San Miguel. The festival has a proud history.
Director Antonio Lozoya has organized nine concerts and educational clinics that will once again position San Miguel’s festival as one of the leading jazz events in all of Mexico.
With the sponsorship of local foundation Cantos de los Santos, such artists as saxophonist Bob Sheppard (www.bobsheppard.net), blowing audiences away playing with everyone from Chick Corea to James Taylor.
Brazilian bebop guitarist Peter Sprague (www.peterspraguemusic.com), absolutely dominates the San Diego jazz scene with his quartet featuring sax-playing brother Tripp Sprague and drummer Duncan Moore.
Five maestros from the Jazz Academy of Escuela Superior de Musica in Mexico City will not only perform, but also present educational clinics about improvisation, free to all students.
And there’s more: Singer Daline Jones and the San Miguel Jazz Cats will perform a free concert in the Jardin; the gypsy swinging Hot Club of San Francisco (www.hcsf.com), will give string quintet lovers something to enjoy, Bassist extraordinaire Gene Perla (Elvin Jones) will front the Fine Wine Trio (www.finewinetrio.com); and new drumming sensation Cubano Franciso Mela (www.franciscomela.com), who plays with John Scofield, Joe Lovano and Kenny Barron trio, will join forces with pianist Gabriel Hernandez for smoking jazz a la Cubano. We will enjoy the Funky Jazzy-Blues of two Randys: Randy Bernsen on the guitar (www.randybernsen.com) and the great harmonica player Randy Singer (www.randysinger.com).
These aren’t just great names “for a San Miguel event.” Each one of these performers holds his or her own at international festivals from Monterrey to Montreal to Montreaux. The festivities will wrap up with a reprise of last year’s sold-out “Tribute to Ray Charles,” complete with a few surprise guests.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Festival International de Jazz and Blues is an educational organization dedicated to the appreciation and development of jazz and blues music in Mexico. The festival offers free concerts and free music clinics, outdoor events and forums for the spontaneity of jams and impromptu performances.
CALL FOR FINANCIAL AND LOGISTICAL SUPPORT FOR THE FESTIVAL
Over the years, the community, local businesses and friends of the festival have supported the festival in a variety of ways – financially, providing lodging and food for the artists, and help with pre-festival and festival logistics.