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Big Band Jazz At The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is bringing Big Band Mexican Jazz to San Antonio. Spokesman Jorge Canavati says what to expect.

“We have Iraida Noriega, a very beautiful Jazz vocalist, world renowned, coming to do a concert at the Guadalupe Arts Center on the eighteenth at 7:30 p.m. She’s going to do Boleros, which are very famous ballads from Mexico and Cuba, from the 30s and 40s, and a big band, with John Migaldi and the Prime Time Orchestra, a local band,” Canavati says.

Canavati has an untold story about how Mexican nationals were a part of the birth of American Jazz.

"The international World’s Fair was in New Orleans in the late 1800s -- 1895 I think it was -- and Mexico was a heavy sponsor," he says. "And they sent a military band to play at this world’s fair. Many of those musicians stayed here, and fusioned into the early jazz groups and ensembles that were there in New Orleans at the time. What I’m telling you is that Mexico had a very large influence in American Jazz."

You an hear that influence October 18 at the Guadalupe.

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii