"LAS BILLIES"
&
JENY BEAUJEAN Y
BENJAMIN GARCÍA

DOBLE CONCIERT (JAZZ)

Six wonderful and passionate new voices from the Mexican music scene gather their talent in order to make an exceptional tribute to classical jazz standards and Mexican traditional music. They each withhold over 10 years of trajectory as singers, arrangers, composers and scholars. Together they reunite all this experience to create a new and unique form of vocal music. Each one of them as a solo artist has a rich and vast background; from funk to rap to classical music and world beat. Listening to Las Billies is an opportunity to let the heart of the classics embrace your ears as it surrounds you with a great new, eclectic, unexpected and fun vocal texture. 

Leika Mochan  / Claudia Arellano  / Luz Varela  /
Citlalli Toledo  / Ingrid Beaujean  / Jenny Beaujean

   

SARAH REICH
(JAZZ & TAP  DANCER)

Sarah Reich (Performer, Choreographer, Instructor) has emerged as one of the new leaders in the Art Form of Tap Dance. At the young age of 15, this Los Angeles native was featured in Dance Spirit Magazine’s article, “20 Hot Tappers Under 20” and was named one of the “25 To Watch” in the 2009 Dance Magazine article. Ever since, Sarah has been sought after to perform, choreograph, and teach in over 40 countries. Sarah is currently on tour with Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox as the featured tap dancer. Previously she was seen on Season 11 of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance with Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies and Season 8 with Jason Samuels Smith's, A.C.G.I. With her own company, Tap Music Project, she has choreographed and performed at the Ford Amphitheatre, UCLA’s JazzReggae Festival, Blue Whale, and the LA County Holiday Celebration. Sarah was also a performer at Madison Square Garden for the opening of the NY Knicks 2013-2014 season.In addition to her vast international travels and countless television appearances, Sarah has had the honor to perform at some of the most prestigious venues back home in Los Angeles such as The Hollywood Bowl, the Ford Amphitheatre, the Greek Theater with Mexican Pop-Star, Cristian Castro and the Kodak Theater with the great Herbie Hancock.Sarah is developing new exciting works with her company, Tap Music Project and Sole Sisters – a collaboration with Melinda Sullivan. Sarah produces a weekly class/tap jam for the Los Angeles tap community, Monday Night Tap Experience.

   

VANESSA COLLIER
VOZ Y SAX (FUNK & BLUES)

“A young woman named Vanessa Collier has issued her first album called HEART SOUL AND SAXOPHONE. She wrote all but two of the songs, sings ‘em, and plays some magnificent sax as well. Coming out of the famous Berklee School of Music in Boston, Vanessa spent some time on the road with bluesman Joe Louis Walker, among others, and is now poised to unleash herself on the world. Old school blues, jump and jive, and some sunny new school R&B”
— The BluesMobile (Elwood's Blues Breaker - House of Blues Radio)
“Vanessa Collier is the coolest young artist on the scene today; when she is on stage, all eyes are on her. Vanessa’s incredible talent, stage presence, and enchanting personality have made her one of the most important tastemakers of her generation. ”
— Stephen Webber, Berklee/The Scratch Ambassadors
“Vocalist, saxophonist Collier has an alluring voice and style that covers a lot of territory: blues rock, funk and soul blues, and soft soul jazz. Her sax playing is solid as well. She composed half of the songs on this disc and offers some convincing covers particularly “I Can’t Stand The Rain” and “God Bless The Child”. Collier is a promising newcomer. Check her out on this debut and keep an ear out.”
— Dave Rogers, WTJU 91.1 FM
“This record completely caught me off guard and it floored me”
— Johnny Fulltime, Fulltime Blues Radio
“Vanessa herself, left me with jaws agape. First her voice. Powerful yet under control. A feeling for the BLUES and when she puts the horn to her lips and BLOWS, man o man o man.”
— Al Kanovsky, Jazz & Blues Florida
“Vanessa is an important part of the future of blues, and it would cool to support her journey”
— Rex Bartholomew, Blues Blast Magazine
Master musician and multi-talented blues performer, Vanessa Collier, was recently nominated for a 2017 Blues Music Award (BMA). The Philadelphia based vocalist/saxophonist/songwriter is currently on an 11 country European tour with Ruf’s Blues Caravan, alternating between tour legs in Europe and touring back in the U.S. with a talented 5-piece band, throughout 2017. With searing saxophone solos, soulful vocals, and witty lyrics, Vanessa’s songwriting takes you through an engaging blend of blues, funk, rock, and soul in an exceptionally entertaining, high-energy performance.

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Vanessa’s alluring vocals and stinging saxophone work saw her light up stages as part of Joe Louis Walker’s band (2012-2013), while her 2014 debut album Heart Soul & Saxophone was declared “magnificent” on Dan Aykroyd’s blues radio show, winning her accolades as a Best of 2014 Blues Breaker.

     
 

 

CHRIS BERGSON
VOZ Y GUITARRA (BLUES BAND)

Bitter Midnight was named Album of the Month in the March issue of Gitarist Magazine (NL). Kevin Pasman writes: "As we've come to expect from Bergson, Bitter Midnight is full of tasty, intuitive guitar work and passionate vocals.... We hear here the work of a man who imposes on himself absolutely no limitations, with a swinging, lively record as a result. An absolute must for fans of blues, soul and southern rock."
"One of the most talented bands playing today...From blazing rock to funk to soul to Delta blues and all That's in between.
Chris Bergson was inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame in February 2015. With MOJO Magazine's #1 Blues Album of 2008, Fall Changes,#2 Blues Album of 2011, Imitate the Sun, and #3 Blues Album of 2014, Live at Jazz Standard, New York guitarist/singer Chris Bergson has established himself as "one of the most inventive songwriters in modern blues music" (All Music Guide),
Chris Bergson has performed and/or shared the stage with B.B. King, Norah Jones, John Hammond, Etta James, and Bettye LaVette, to name just a few.
Notable past performances include: Festival Blues en Loire (France), Levon Helm's Midnight Rambles (Woodstock, NY),  The Blue Note (NYC), John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC), SXSW, and opening for B.B. King at B.B. King's Blues Club (NYC).
He is a combination of Levon Helm and Gregg Allman, you can hardly believe this guy is from New York City. Imitate the Sun displays an artist dedicated to bringing blues and classic R&B into the future while honoring the past.
Keep a sharp eye on this guy."Hittin’ the Note"Outstanding. Deeply soulful vocals and dynamic fretwork."Blues In Britain "Bergson's stirring voice and glorious guitar command immediate attention."Blues Revue"If you like the music of Coltrane, Muddy Waters and The Band, you will definitely like the Chris Bergson Band."Rootstime (Belgium)

   

INGUNA
COLOMBIA JAZZ (JAZZ FUSION)

“I had never heard anything like this, and less in the Colombian Andean music; It's unique. Tremendous musicians make up INGUNA, where their effort is worthwhile. They are opening new ways” - IVÁN BENAVIDES - Colombian Producer
Inguna pays tribute to the cosmogony of the Colombian indigenous people "Kogi" who uses this word to refer to "Way of Life". In more than a decade, the group has plotted an experimental sound path that combines Colombian andean music with jazz, progressive rock and worldmusic, to give traditional rhythms such as "Bambuco", "Guabina" ,"Torbellino" and "Pasillo", a reinterpretation from the sound of the city.
Since 2007 his permanent activity has represented 3 international tours, 3 demos, 1 album production. The band has made collaborations with leading international musicians, among which are the Venezuelan Jorge Glem and Huáscar Barradas. In turn, the group has been deserving of scholarships, stimuli, recognitions and awards at national and international level.

     
 

SAN MIGUEL J&B COLLECTIVE E INVITADOS ESPECIALES
TRIBUTO A ERIC CLAPTON
(BLUES)

     
 

ANTONIO LOZOYA
BASS

Antonio Lozoya – Bassist – Bachelor of Music (jazz), School of Music, National Institute of Fine Arts, Mexico City. Lozoya has performed in festivals in Mexico, Cuba and the United States, accompanied by prominent jazz personalities such as Dave Pike, Bob Sheppard, John Ronstadt, Randy Bernsen, Roberto Vizcaino, Dennis Perrier, John Lefwitch (bass quintet), Daline Jones, Francisco Mela, Art Lande, Paul McCandless, Othello Molineaux, Brice Winston, and many others. He has backed-up singers Lila Downs, Magos Herrera and Iraida Noriega, and accompanied Dutch pianist Bert Van Der Been in an original musical production. Since 1999 he has produced many concerts throughout Mexico with his group “San Miguel Jazz Cats”.

Since 1997 he has worked in many capacities for the International Jazz Festival of San Miguel de Allende, 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 directed of the International Jazz and Blues Festival of San Miguel de Allende. For his work, Lozoya was the 2014 beneficiary of the Performing Artists with Trajectory award from the National Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA).