What to do in Barcelona today, Thursday, September 2, 2021

What to do in Barcelona today, Thursday, September 2, 2021

Sometimes we do not value our own enough because we are too close. This could be the case of the Sant Andreu Jazz Band, a model musical project led by Joan Chamorro what do you expect train young people both in the artistic and personal aspects. Your only requirement is to love this type of music and be willing to play and improvise with it. It is a pool of new talents from which international names have emerged like those of Andrea Motis, Rita Payés, Eva Fernández, Magalí Datzira, Marc Martín or Èlia Bastida. Despite being a local idea is admired throughout the world by the greatest of this specialty who demand that this methodology be transferred to their countries. Every year they celebrate their party that, in this eighth edition, commemorates 15 years of training and is dedicated to the trombonist Toni Belenguer, recently deceased.

As usual, it includes the Jazz Education Stage, an experience of four days for teach and practice the methodology applied in this center and whose ultimate purpose is that the youngest (and those who are not so young, teachers interested in learning about his philosophy can also attend) fall in love with this musical style. But, for the general public, in parallel, it is programmed Jazzing, a series of interesting concerts, as well as record presentations, another common element of this event. Both cycles can also be followed in streaming, and at a reduced price, through the platform Scenicus. Let’s discover what they prepare for us between now and Sunday at their usual meeting place, the Fabra i Coats Creation Factory.

Two new records, piano and violin

Today we will know the work of two of his most gifted students. To get started, the Empordà trumpeter Joan Mar Sauqué, leading his trio (completed by guitarist Josep Traver and double bass player Giuseppe Campisi), they will discover us Gone with the wind (20 hours). Its title has nothing to do with the famous film What the wind took away beyond recover old themes, some better known than others, like the classic I Only Have Eyes for You, that covered from Frank Sinatra to Rod Stewart, two others popularized by Dizzy Gillespie as Ray’s idea O In the land of Oo-bla-dee, as well as Kitchenette across the hall, with which they intend to spread the work of the lesser-known Tadd Dameron. Will complete this first day the singer Gabriela Suárez, who will present Moonlight in Vermont (9pm) accompanied by the piano by José Alberto Medina, the double bass by Tanausú Santana and the drums by David Xirgu and recorded in New York. Suárez, revelation artist of the 2021 Canary Islands Music Awards, has a voice from another generation that transports you back to the 30s con aroma a Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald o Sarah Vaughan.

Tomorrow Friday will start with another presentation, that of Meraki, created by the pianist Carolina Alabau and the violinist Èlia Bastida (8pm), both also vocalists and percussionists. The two artists share their love for good music, improvisation and their desire to enjoy and make the audience enjoy. They have poured their musicality and musical tastes into this project in which they combine their own themes, Brazilian, Mediterranean and traditional music always with the dialogue between the instruments and the voices as the main element. They will follow pianist and singer Dena DeRose and saxophonist Scott Hamilton (9pm), two internationally renowned North American musicians who will be accompanied by two important musicians from the country’s scene, David Xirgu and Manel Fortià. A concert for enjoy swing, standards and the best music.

Tribute to a veteran and two debutants

Saturday will be the day dedicated to the long-awaited Toni Belenguer (8.30 pm), the trombonist who died almost a year ago and who collaborated with the project on various occasions. During the concert, some of the songs that the Valencian musician recorded with the Sant Andreu Jazz Band or composed by him as Leakage densification. But three great friends closely linked to his career will also participate: Carlos Martin (trombonist), Perico Sambeat (saxophonist) and Francisco Blanco Latino (saxophonist and promoter of Sedajazz, a group in which Toni grew up and with which he collaborated on multiple occasions). Equally Consecrated artists of the orchestra will take part like Andrea Motis, Rita Payés or Èlia Bastida, as well as the band’s trombone section. The repertoire will include themes by Broadway authors such as Oscar Hammerstein II or Ira Gerswhin, classics like Angel eyes O Sweet and lovely and even a Brazilian theme, the Samba in prelude by Vinicius de Moraes and Baden Powell. A well deserved tribute to a musician who left us too soon but who left us with a very important work.

Sunday at noon (1:00 p.m.) will be the moment in which Chamorro will present two young promises who release their first albums bearing their own names as titles. The first will be Marçal Perramón, who dominates the alto sax and the clarinet, who comes from a family of musicians and has been part of the band for eight years before starting to fly solo. Chamorro highlights his evolution: “At an instrumental level, his sound was acquiring more nuances, more depth, more warmth every day, inspired by the great tenors of jazz history.. His album moves through different sounds with some brushstrokes of Brazilian themes, performed by Alba Armengou on vocals, a big band song with the entire Sant Andreu Jazz Band and a vocal song performed by Andrea Motis & rdquor ;. The other young debutante is Joan Martí, that he started in this training when he was only 7 years old and “he was already a serious, responsible and very orderly boy, with a very special sense of humor”. Fifteen years later, he presents his debut, which according to Chamorro stands out for its “balance between arrangements for various instruments and themes in quartet or quintet, also paying tribute to the greats of jazz & rdquor ;. It is composed of great standards such as Nature Boy (made popular by Nat King Cole, David Bowie, and the movie red Mill), Indian Summer (which was the popular melody of Elena Francis’s office), the immortal Stardust, the brazilian Water to drink O Marshmallow, where both appear.

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Final with the band and luxury guests

To close this jazz festival with a flourish, The Sant Andreu Jazz Band will offer a concert (7pm) accompanied by all the aforementioned musicians that make up an authentic dream team. This performance will be packed with unforgettable themes, including three delicious songs by Cole Porter. (It’s all right with me, From this moment on and Every time we say goodbye), two of Hoagy Carmichael’s classics (Stardust and Georgia on muy mind), by Jerome Kern (All the things you are, Nobody else but me) and could not miss the tribute to the great Duke Ellington (Do nothing til you hear from me). A compilation of fantastic melodies that They will sound more enthusiastic than ever thanks to these great little musicians and their guest stars. A memorable culmination of these 15 years of life that, surely, are only the beginning of this idyllic relationship between the Sant Andreu neighborhood and music.


Jazzing y Jazz Education Stage.

Where? The Fabra i Coats Factory (Sant Adrià, 20) and Scenikus platform.

When? from today until Sunday at different times.

Price: from 15 to 25 euros. Season tickets: from 40 to 80 euros. In ‘streaming’: from 8 to 30 (subscription) euros.

More information: Sant Andreu Jazz Band.

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What to do in Barcelona today, Thursday, September 2, 2021