Joan Chamorro and his inspirational band of young musicians known as the Sant Andreu Jazz Band make me wish I had grown up in Barcelona... See, I've dabbled with many many musical instruments in my lifetime. As the daughter of a music addict, music was (is) a constant in my home, as necessary as food and important as air... we were constantly marinating in Pop's musical bidding.
Between me and my sisters we played the violin, viola, piano, guitar, flute, recorder (of course), and ukulele. I dabbled in the drums as well after copping a few off the cuff lessons by Karl Hill, drummer of a band called "Sorry About Your Daughter" backstage at a talent competition in DC (in return I had to teach him how to tap dance... good times 🤘🏼.)
Eventually, my musical exploration took shape in my dance career (and now my writing)... there just weren't enough hours in the day to play-it and shake-it at the same time. But... I can't help feeling like I may have been able to do it all, if only I had been closer to the warm glow and inspirational magnatism of Joan Chamorro. Indeed, he has a unique ability to teach kids to really swing it.
After watching a documentary by Ramon Tort about the SAJB called "A Film About Kids and Music" I can see that Mr. Chamorro succeeds in inspiring these young'ns to really love, feeeeel and play jazz as it should be played. With a happy/sly smirk, snapping fingers and a sense of appreciation/friendly competition with fellow musicians, these jazz kittens are both 100% passionate musicians and 100% kids. It's perfect and amazing and, as I said, man I wish I had been born in Barcelona. Well, what can ya do...alas, as the song says, "somewhere theres music, its where you are." So, clearly one needs not be in Barcelona to celebrate this swoon, but... still woulda been cool, amirite?!
Luckily, SAJB has many successful deciples who can be thoroughly enjoyed and explored from anywhere in the world using these nifty interwebs. This partcular concoction of talent, swing and swoon is called La Magia de la veu. So, without further ado, I present one of my favorite jazz standards, How High the Moon, as performed by Eva Fernandez, Andrea Motis, Magali Datzira, Rita Payes with Joan Chomorro (bass).
A mass exodus to Barcelona may ensue... Let's brush up on our Spanish, I'll meet you there.
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