Guatemala Jazz Festival 2015 – Concert in Guatemala City

Our first concert of the tour was at the auditorium at Instituto Guatemala Americano in Guatemala City.  It was a pleasure to play the Baldwin grand on stage and interact with the audience who engaged deeply with us.  Our program included songs from our recent CD,  “Louie’s Dream, for our jazz heroes.”  We played the title track composed by Louie Armstrong and pianist Marty Napoleon, “Baraka 75,” dedicated to Amiri Baraka, great poet, activist and mentor and “Don’t Go Back On Your Raisin”, from the musical I co-wrote with Clifford Carlson about women fighting for and winning the right to vote in the U.S. in 1920.  As it turns out, this year is the 70th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Guatemala and the audience joined us to celebrate.  You can also see a photo of me playing percussion.  That was part of our exploration of Thelonious Monk’s “Evidence.”  We closed the concert with a collaboration with members of the University Jazz Club.  We played a Guatemalan song that warmed everyone’s heart, “Luna de Xelaju.”

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