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Hela San | Singer
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Hela San

Mexican singer, songwriter and producer. After traveling through jazz, folk and rock and collaborating with renowned musicians from the country’s music scene, Hela San has consolidated her own eminently contemporary sound that moves away from conventional labels to get closer to a “signature pop” in the that the main element is the voice and the power of the songs.
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 Her music has been presented on stages in Canada, the United States, Spain and several cities in Mexico, and was part of the soundtrack of film projects. In 2021 she released her album “La Sangre”, with which she consolidates her identity as a composer and is positioned as one of the most proactive and original projects of today at the national level.

Ricardo Urbina | Guitar

Ricardo Urbina

On the guitar, Ricardo Urbina, mexican musician recently graduated from the prestigious jazz program at the University of North Texas, where he studied guitar and composition with great teachers such as Davy Mooney, Noel Johnston, Rich DeRosa, Lynn Seaton, among others. In the United States he has participated in several editions of the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival in Texas.

Rodrigo Barbosa | Drums

Rodrigo Barbosa

He is one of the most recognized drummers on the national scene, with a career of more than 20 years within various genres such as jazz, pop, cumbia and rock. As a session musician he has participated in the recording of more than 15 albums of diverse artists, in jingles of the most important commercial companies of the country and in soundtracks for several national films as well as in popular theater orchestras.
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He currently serves as producer and musical director for singer-songwriter Hela San, with whom he has produced the EP “Humana” and the album “La Sangre.  He is also part, as an associate producer, of the Casa de Maniobras collective where he also serves as a mixing engineer and music producer.

Antonio Lozoya | Bass & Musical Direction
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He was born in Mexico City, bassist with a bachelor Jazz Degree; educator, producer, promoter, arranger and composer. He has performed at various Festivals in Mexico, Cuba and the United States, accompanying prominent personalities such as: Dave Pike, Paul McCandless, Othello Molineaux, Lila Downs, Magos Herrera, Karrin Allison, Art Lande, Erik Alexander, Sarah Reich, among others.

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In 1996 he began collaborating in the San Miguel de Allende International Jazz Festival in various areas such as: musician, director of the educational area, musical director and producer. In 2006, with Teresa Urtusástegui they reactivated the International Jazz Festival and added the Blues style, taking charge of its general direction. Since then he has produced several concerts inviting the participation of prominent figures from the Jazz and Blues scene such as: Joey Calderazzo Trio, Antonio Sánchez Trio, Tuck and Patti, Betsy Pecanins, Magos Herrera, Sarah Reich (Postmodern Jukebox), Karrin Allison, David Sanchez Quartet, Peter Bernstein Jazz Quartet, among others. He has produced several concerts with his group “San Miguel Jazz Cats” at the International Cervantino Festival and in various locations in the country. For ten years he has performed concerts as a musician and musical director, presenting different musical proposals related to jazz and blues. Beneficiary of the Scenic Creators with Trajectory Program, 2014-2017 of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts.

Spencer Day | Vocals, Piano
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Spencer DaySpencer Day is a #1 Billboard singer and songwriter has played venues as diverse as Lincoln Center, the Hollywood Bowl and London’s West End. Spencer is a widely acclaimed songwriter creating witty and sophisticated pop songs in the tradition of classic jazz American writers.

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He grew up listening to a wide cross-section of composers, including Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Joni Mitchell, John Lennon and Paul Simon. And the classic MGM musicals in the local theater – the only options available in his hometown – eventually left their mark on his creative sensibilities.

Day’s album Vagabond peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Album Chart, staying there 47 weeks. His album, Daybreak, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts. Day’s collaboration with the Postmodern Jukebox has surpassed 1.5 million views on YouTube.
– The Washington Post praised his “cool jazz sensibilities” and “cleverly crafted tales.”
– “One of the most beautiful singing voices around today” – Julian Fleisher, New York Public Radio/WNYC’s American Standards.

Craig Caffall | Guitar
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Craig Caffall

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Craig Caffall has been involved with music literally since the age of 9 when he began as a drummer in Mexico for a school band. Almost 45 years later he continues to dazzle audiences with his showmanship and vocal talent unsurpassed by many music and bands. Born in the Bay Area and growing up in the United States and Mexico, this bi-cultured musician wows them in both English and Spanish.

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Caffall’s career has paired him up with some notable artists including Bo Diddley, John Mayall, Martha Davis and the Motels, David Clayton Thomas, Cyril & Charles Neville (Neville Bros.), Lee Oskar, Dan Hicks, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Wier, and Steve Earle, just to name a few. Caffall has been residing for the last 18 years in the San Francisco Bay Area and most recently has been playing guitar with legendary singer Maria Muldaur for the past fourteen years, touring throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, Ireland, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Japan.

Caffall has also been playing and touring with Shana Morrison (daughter of Van Morrison) for the past four years, here in the Bay Area and venues up and down the west coast. Caffall signed with Marin’s own GRA label (gragroup.com) and released his second CD entitled “Hold Me Up” which was taken from the Big Train sessions.

In 2012 Caffall released 3 albums. In January Caffall released the CD, CCB “That’s When You Got It Made”. He produced an album for folk singer Buffy Ford Stewart (wife of songwriter John Stewart from the Kingston Trio). And with Maria Muldaur on her “Christmas At The Oasis” release where he plays on the title track.

More recently CCB released “Got It Covered” from the bands cover set list. “Songs that everybody knows but CCB makes them their own” says Caffall proudly. CCB just released a new CD of new songs penned by Caffall entitled “Turns To The Blues”, his fourth album in the past six years. CCB has been playing venues around the Bay Area, up and down the coast and around the country and Mexico for the past 25 years.

Chris Bergson
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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).

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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).
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).