It´s time for “Jazz Divas” Concert

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San Miguel Jazz Festival is pleased to present an amazing concert to celebrate some of the best female singers in jazz history. Enjoy a beautiful evening with our special guests.

LOUISE PHELAN
Vocals

Originally hailing from Ireland, Louise has performed in solo concerts, musicals, tv and radio shows across the US, Canada and all around Europe, South America and Mexico. Since May 2010, Louise has been based out of Mexico City, where she regularly performs at the most prominent Jazz clubs, venues, theaters and festivals around Mexico City and across the country. She has released many albums like Songs from a Darkened Room; Moments of Light now available on iTunesGooglePlayAmazonSpotify; Remembering Ella & Joe.

“Louise is deeply cultured and respectful of the intellectual jazz of the country where she is currently (Mexico). Louise is a reference for the kind of good Jazz from Mexico.”

Carlos Bono, International Jazz Review


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).


SABRINA BROWN
Vocals

Originally from USA and inspired by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Joni Mitchell, and Ray Charles. Sabrina performs the music of The Great American Songbook, Broadway hits, and contemporary jazz. A graduate of the professional music program at GRCC in Washington State, has performed in USA and Europe. In most cases, she is in New England with her husband and musical partner, the saxophonist and pianist Fred Haas. In 1996, both founded Interplay Jazz Camp, which mission is to provide an opportunity for musicians of all ages to participate in a supportive and holistic learning environment that fosters human artistic expression through the study of jazz and improvised music.



GABRIEL HERNÁNDEZ
Piano

He was born in Camaguey, Cuba. He has shared the stage with great jazz figures such as Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Ray Charles, and participated as a pianist of artists such as Gene Perla, Tito Puente, Bob Sheppar, Roy Hargrove, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera and Greg Fishman, among other great jazz personalities.
He is the founder of Fever Opus, a group with which he has performed at jazz festivals in Montreal, Montreux, Jambori, Jazz Fest of the Danube. Gabriel was part of the project of the famous jazz and blues singer Leon Thomas. The Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba, granted him the title of member of the list of Cuban art personalities. He is a member of the evaluation commission of artists in Cuba.
In addition to his career as a jazz soloist pianist and his ensemble Mi Quinteto, he is a member of the famous group Afrocuban All Stars, and Cubanismo group.


FRED HAAS
Sax

A graduate of Dartmouth College (USA), he is currently a professor at this university teaching the subjects of saxophone, jazz piano, improvisation, jazz history, music theory and jazz combinations. Travel regularly throughout the USA and Europe playing, recording and teaching. He has participated with Oscar Peterson, Ray Charles, Clark Terry, Sheila Jordan, Pat Metheny, Lena Horne, Dionne Warwick, the Mitchell-Ruff duo, Joe Morello, Milt Hinton, Attila Zoller, Don Cherry, Bob Brookmeyer, Gene Bertoncini, Milt Jackson, Louis Bellson and many others.

“A world-class saxophonist.”

– Pat Metheny, jazz musician


JUAN ALE SAENZ
Drums

Drummer and composer born in Mexico City. He received his Bachelors Degree in Music Performance with the highest honor “Summa Cum Laude” from Berklee College of Music. During his stay in Berklee he was part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute directed by Danilo Pérez where he was under the tutelage of Terri Lyne Carrington, Joe Lovano, and John Patitucci among others. He has participated in several jazz festivals including the Panama Jazz Festival, the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Cambridge Jazz Festival, and the Barquisimeto Jazz Festival. Juan Ale has also performed in stages in Mexico, New York, Puerto Rico, Boston, Germany and Africa with artists such as Tim Miller, Janek Gwizdala, Gabriel Hernandez, Dave Santoro, Jim Odgren, John Lockwood, Carlos Averhoff, Santiago Bosch, Lincoln Goines, Darren Barrett, Hal Crook, Oscar Stagnaro, and Alain Mallet.

 

 

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