Joan Yonkler
Joan Yonkler: Joan Yonkler, jazz vocalist, has been performing jazz standards in San Miguel for the San Miguel Jazz and Blues concert series for the past few years as well as at local restaurants. She has also performed at jazz venues such as Blues Alley in Washington, DC; Bethesda Jazz and Blues Club in Maryland and Laporta’s in Alexandria, VA as well as at jazz clubs in Rome, Italy and New York City.
 
Robert Kaplan
He has been one of the leading musicians in the jazz scene in San Miguel de Allende. Drummer, singer and harmonica performer. He studied at the Berklee School of Music and Boston Conservatory, in the United States. He participated with Gato Barbieri, Dexter Gordon, Marion Brown, Etta Jones, Dave Burrell and Howard Noha. He has developed his own style of singing that led him to be one of the top ten finalists for the "Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competitions" which takes place every year in New York City, where hundreds of musicians are involved from around the world. He is also part of the "Fine Wine Trio", with whom he has performed in various countries such as Poland, where he participated in the "Elvin Jones Jazz Festival" in Morocco, Egypt, Zambia, Kenya, in the "Kennedy Center" in Washington and at the renowned jazz club "Blue Note" New York, United States.Ricky worked several years alongside the great trumpeter Gerald Hunter as well as with many other jazz greats, including Herb Ellis, Monty Budwig, Jack Sheldon, Tommy Newsome, Joe Newman, Charlie Rouse, David Fathead Newman, Herbie Mann, Chris Calloway (Cab's daughter), Richie Cole, Ernie Watts, Rebecca Kilgore, Houston Person, Chuck Redd, Nicki Parrott, Dan Barrett, Eddie Erickson,
Harry Allen, Allan Vache, Randy Sandke, Al Hermann, Brad Leali, and Chuck Berry.
Antonio Lozoya
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 Wi ston, 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
 
Gabriel Hernández
A great cuban pianist, began his musical studies on piano at the age of seven years at the Conservatory of Music in Camagüey "Luis Casas Romero", Cuba. At the age of 15, he won the award of CRME (Company Recordings and Musical Editions) for Best Musical Orchestration. He has performed in international jazz festivals where he has shared the stage with Herbie Hancock, Michel Camilo, Danilo Perez, Phil Woods, James Carter, Chucho Valdez, Tito Puente, Leon Thomas, Dizzy Gillespie, among others. He made an international tour as the pianist of the band "Crisol", directed by the North American trumpeter Roy Hargrove.
Recently, he recorded an original production having some guests like the saxophonist Bob Sheppard (Chick Corea, Perter Erskine Trio) and drummer Francisco Mela (Kenny Barron, Joe Lovano), among others. He also participates in some tours around the world with the band "Afro-Cuban All Star".

 

Alfred Thompson
Cuban musician with an extensive career, won two Grammy Awards. The first was with the famous cuban jazz group "Irakere" led by pianist Chucho Valdes and the second with the Orchestra of Ibrahim Ferrer, of Buena Vista Social Club.
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Arranger and musical director of the group "Habana Ensemble" where renowned virtuosos musicians gather artistic career. From 2002 to 2005 he serves as musical director of the group accompanying the diva of Buena Vista Social Club, Omara Portuondo. He has performed in different festivals in France, England, USA, South Africa and Japan.