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Joan Yonkler sings Gershwin - concert

Sunday, January 21, 1-4pm
Nextia, Nemesio Diez 10
$380 Pesos plus 10% service

Joan Yonkler sings Gershwin - concert

By Joan Yonkler

“At age 12, George Gershovitz skipped school, got into fights and occasionally stole from pushcarts in New York's Lower East Side. One day in 1910, a secondhand upright was hoisted through a front window of the Gershovitz's apartment. The piano stool clearly had Ira's name on it, but it was George who lifted the keyboard and banged out an accomplished version of a popular tune.

"The family was flabbergasted," his sister Frances later recalled. George Gershwin -- he changed his name while a teenager, was the master musician of the Jazz Age, composing show tunes and symphonic music with equal ease. He dared to begin a serious orchestral work with the wail of a clarinet or the squawk of taxi horns. He was the white composer of the haunting black folk opera, Porgy and Bess. And he was the writer of some of the most lushly romantic and inventive songs on Broadway and in Hollywood in the 1920s and 1930s."  The Washington Post article by Ron Cowen, November 11, 1998.

The music of George and Ira Gershwin lives on today because it can be interpreted into so many various tempos and rhythms. That is what makes their music so classic.

On Sunday, January 21, Joan Yonkler, Antonio Lozoya and Patricio Peña will perform a concert of Gershwin songs at a jazz brunch at Nextia, the restaurant inside the Hotel Nena, from 1pm to 4pm. Last year Joan and Antonio performed a sold-out concert featuring Cole Porter songs.

This year’s concert is a continuation that features composers of the Great American Songbook. Please join us for some great food in a beautiful setting to hear some of America’s greatest classical music. Reservations are highly recommended.

Joan Yonkler, jazz vocalist, has been performing jazz standards for the San Miguel Jazz and Blues concert series for the past few years as well as at local restaurants. She has also performed at Blues Alley in Washington, DC; Bethesda Jazz and Blues Club in Maryland and Laporta’s in Alexandria, VA as well as at jazz clubs in Rome, Italy and New York City.

Antonio Lozoya, bass player, was born in Mexico City and received his bachelor’s degree as a jazz bassist at the National Institute of Fine Arts and has performed in festivals in Mexico, Cuba and the US. He has accompanied Dave Pike, Bob Sheppard, John Ronstadt, Dennis Perrier, Art Lande and Paul McCandles, Lila Downs, Magos Herrera and Iraide Noriega. He has been director of the International Festival of Jazz and Blues since 2006.
Antonio Lozoya is the beneficiary of a “*National Grant Program for Performing Artist 2014 by National Fund for Culture and the Arts - (FONCA).”

Patricio Peña began his musical studies in the conservatory with studies in organ baroque and piano. He started playing jazz in 2005 under the direction of pianist David Gómez Oropeza and later with Gabriel Hernández (Cuba) and Pepe Rivero (Madrid, Spain). From 2007 to 2011 he performed as a pianist and musical director of Latin American Grammy winner singer-songwriter Alberto Cortéz, in Argentina, Chile, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States.

Joan Yonkler sings Gershwin

Sunday, January 21, 2018
1 to 4 pm

Nextia Restaurant
Nemesio Diez 10
Brunch price includes fruit, cereals; main course choice from three items, orange juice, coffee and a welcome Mimosa. $380 Pesos plus 10% service

Telephone: 415 121 5567

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