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).

   
Julián Arcos: Guitar
Musico profesional independiente, origirario de la Ciudad de México y radicado en San Miguel de Allende, con amplia experiencia de géneros musicales y escenarios. Estudió en la Escuela Nacional de Música y composición con Humberto Hernández Medrano. Lider del grupo Vudu Chile.
Independent professional musician, originally from Mexico City and based in San Miguel de Allende, with wide experience of musical genres and stages. He studied at the National School of Music and composition with Humberto Hernández Medrano. The leader of the Vudu Chile group.
   
 

Alfred Thompson: Saxophone

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. 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.

   

Gabriel Puentes: Drumms

Born in Santiago, Chile, in 1976, Gabriel Puentes is a jazz drummer based in Mexico since 1999. He was a student of Ricardo Ruiz (Chile) and, subsequently, took private lessons with Billy Hart, Ralph Peterson, Nasheet Waits, Antonio Sánchez, Ari Hoenig, Tony Martucci and Jim Black. He participates in various projects and has played with the most important jazz musicians of the Mexican scene during the last ten years, such as Eugenio Toussaint, Agustin Bernal, Mark Aanderud, Jorge “Luri” Molina, Alex Mercado, Hector Infanzón, Diego Maroto, Francisco Lelo de Larrea, Remi Alvarez, Iraida Noriega, Aarón Cruz, Alberto Medina, Miguel Villicana, etc. He has also performed with prominent international jazz figures, such as Eddie Gomez, Bill McHenry, Bruce Saunders, Tianna Hall, Donny McCaslin, J.D. Walter, Roland Guerin, Paul McCandless and Sachal Vasandani. Gabriel Puentes has recorded more than twenty released albums and many others to be launched. His first album as a leader, “Simple” featuring Leo Genovese on piano and Chris Lightcap on bass, was released in 2010 by Fresh Sound New Talent in Barcelona.