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Sébastien Giniaux (France) | Guitar
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Sebastien Giniaux

French guitarist Sébastien Giniaux is one of the most renowned guitar players from the new generation of musicians inspired by Django Reinhardt. Born in 1981, he is also a cellist, painter, and composer, and he plays with many different bands, in many different musical genres.

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Jazz, gypsy jazz, balkan music, music from west africa, etc. Sébastien is a very open-minded musician. He has toured the globe with many of the world’s greatest artists, such as Biréli Lagrène, Taraf de Haidouks, Cherif Soumano, Richard Galliano, Didier Lockwood, etc…

 “Sebastien Giniaux is one of the greatest young guitarists in this style in Paris, and therefore probably one of the best in the world.” – Mission Mission

 

Jonah Smith | Singer-songwriter
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Jonah Smith, San Miguel Jazz Festival

Jonah Smith is a critically acclaimed American singer-songwriter. His music ranges over nine albums from soul-jazz to Americana and he moves effortlessly on stage between keyboards and guitar.

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Smith’s vocals are soulful, bringing to mind Steve Winwood and even Ray Charles but his songs are stories that bring to mind Dylan and Paul Simon. His last record, Stay Close was released in 2018 and was nominated for Album Of The Year by the Independent Music Awards. Smith’s songs are in rotation on radio stations around the country. He has had songs featured on television including Good Morning America and America’s Got Talent where he was a semi-finalist on Season 9. OnAGT, Smith received a standing ovation from judges Howard Stern and Howie Mandel after performing his song Skyscraper Blues. Smith has toured throughout America as well as Europe and Asia. He has appeared at Bonnaroo and has been an opening act and guest singer with artists such as Los Lobos, Little Feat, Taj Mahal, and many others.

You’re the real deal. You can play, you can sing…you are terrific.
– Howard Stern

Jonah Smith’s amalgam of American Roots and soul evokes The Band (Garth Hudson’saccordion on an early record didn’t hurt).
– The New Yorker

Smith’s folk songs areequally well suited to downtown lounges&rural front porches.
– New York Times

Soulful music,which calls to mind J.J. Cale &Van Morrison.
– Wall St. Journal

A blend of distinctive American styles with engaging songwriting.
– David Dye, NPR 

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.