Celebrate “Valentine´s Jazz” Concert

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San Miguel Jazz Festival is pleased to present an amazing concert to celebrate friendship and love. Do not miss Valentine´s Jazz concert with our special guests.

JULIE KELLY
Vocals & Guitar

Born in Oakland, California, Kelly grew up absorbing herself in gospel, blues and jazz in addition to pop and classical music. In 1980 and she began her recording career with Pausa Records. Her 1984 “We’re On Our Way” contains her captivating version of Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen’s “All My Tomorrows”. Two years later there was “Never Let Me Go”. In 1992 she recorded “Some Other Time” on CMG Records with the remarkable pianist/arranger Tom Garvin and in 1997, “Stories To Tell” was released in collaboration with pianist arranger Bill Cunliffe. Julie and Bill colllaborated again on her 1999 “Into The Light” and now Julie teams back up with Tom Garvin for “Kelly Sings Christy”. During her years in Los Angeles she has worked with such luminaries as Benny Green, Nat Adderley, Ray Brown, John Clayton, Ross Tompkins, Bobby Ojeda, Gary Foster, and Alan Broadbent. Julie can be found in Leonard Feather’s Encyclopedia of Jazz.

“Julie Kelly radiates a sense of joy and spontaneity. Listening to her, you are reminded that jazz singing is still alive and well!”

– Leonard Feather


ANTONIO LOZOYA
Bass

Antonio has performed in festivals in Mexico, Cuba and the United States. He has been worked with prominent national and international jazz personalities. Since 1999 he has produced many concerts in Mexico with his band San Miguel Jazz Cats. Since 1997 he has worked in many capacities for the SMJF including: musician, director of education, musical director and producer. For five years he has delivered a series of concerts and didactic lectures on the history and appreciation of jazz at the festival. In 2006, Lozoya reactivated the festival and added blues performances to the program; since then, he has been directing SMJF. For his work, Lozoya was the 2014 beneficiary of the Performing Artists with Trajectory Award from the National Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA).


RAÚL RÍOS
Drums

He was born in 1993 in Querétaro, México, where he began his drumming studies with Sergei Sokolov in 2011. He has performed with different musicians of the jazz scene in Queretaro and San Miguel de Allende as well as with national and international recognized artists. He performed at Queretaro-Montreal 2015 Summer Jazz Festival, Cuartel del Arte within the framework of Feria de San Marcos 2015 at the National Festival of Children and Youth Music, Las notas de Guido Xalapa 2015, Queretaro International Summer Jazz Festival with Saxodia Saxophone Quartet, and Jazz en Movimiento 2018 festival in Queretaro. He played with Cultura y Tradición Mexicana on tour in Spain, Portugal and Colombia. He currently plays with Saxodia and JEM Collective.


JULIÁN ARCOS
Guitar

Independent professional musician, originally from Mexico City and based in San Miguel de Allende, with extensive experience of musical genres such as Blues, Jazz, Rock, Funk, among many others. Guitarist leader of the group Vudu Chile with whom he has appeared in various festivals. His study of Gypsy music in the style of Django Reinhardt has been particularly
one of the styles he likes to play and share.


RODRIGO VELÁZQUEZ
Sax

Independent professional saxophonist, based in San Miguel de Allende. He holds an extensive experience of musical genres and is well-known in the jazz scene in the city and also in Queretaro. He has performed with different national and international musicians of the jazz scene, during San Miguel Jazz Festival special concerts.


MARÍA PIEDRA
Vocals & Guitar

Singer María Piedra, was born in Torreón, México. She studied in Monterrey, Nuevo León, at Facultad de Música at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. She also studied at Festival Cali Suzuki, el cual se enfoca en dar clases magistrales, cursos y talleres de educación musical infantil basados principalmente en la metodología Suzuki.

 

 

 

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