Big Band Jazz de México
Big Band Jazz de México is a big band orchestra, founded in 1999 by a number of musicians from Mexico City interested in the promotion of jazz music in Mexico. Most of the members are from Xochimilco borough of the city and began their musical studies in the children's and youth bands here. Many of these members also have studied professionally at schools such as Escuela Nacional de Música, National Conservatory of Music of Mexico, Escuela Superior de Música, la Escuela Libre de Música and the Escuela de Música del Sindicato Único de Trabajadores de la Música.
The band is conducted by Ernesto Ramos with general coordination by Martín Ramos. The other members of the band include Miguel Ángel Ramirez, José Ángel Ramos, Alberto Delgado, Citlali Chavez Obregón, Daniel Zlotnik, Pavel Loria Millan, Pedro García Ramírez, Hernando Castro Alonso, Tonatiu Rivera, Armando Enriquez Guerrero, Martín Ramos, Filiberto Ibarra Aguirre, Eduardo Galicia Zarco, Gabriel Solares Ramos, David Ramos Nieto, Servando, Juan José López Ruvalcaba, Arturo Baez Velazquez, Mario García Cruz, Ingrid Beaujean, Jenny Beaujean and Ed Lorenz.
Its repertoire includes jazz standards such as Magic Flea, Manteca, Sister Sadie, Wind machine, Only You and Louisiana Sunday, along with classic works by Glenn Miller. While mostly dedicated to jazz, it also plays other types of selections from tango, various Latin styles and even popular music. Mexican composers that it favors include Agustín Lara, Eugenio Toussaint, and especially Armando Manzanero, with such songs as Cuando estoy contigo, Voy apagar la luz, Somos Novios and Como yo te amé. Other notable songs played by the band include Mucho corazón by Emma Elena Valdelamar and Se te olvida by Oaxacan composer Álvaro Carrillo.
The band has participated in various jazz festival and has headlined its own events. It has appeared at the Auditorio Nacional at the annual Las lunas del Auditorio event, which has resulted in their music appearing on two live albums. It has played at the Auditorio Nacional for eight seasons with a series of shows it has headlined. It has appeared on the television program Acústico on Mexico's Canal 22 as well as other programs on Canal 11 and Canal 13. One of its most recent performances includes a joint appearance with Armando Manzanero at the Festival Internacional Cervantino . Other artists with whom the band has collaborated include Gualberto Castro, Ana Cirré, Aida and Carlos Cuevas, Miguel Ríos and the Chico O’Farrill Big Band.
The band's history was made into a documentary called Resiliencia por una nota, directed by Luis Felipe Ferra.
- "Big Band Jazz de México" (in Spanish). Mexico City: UNAM. March 17, 2010. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
- "Big Band Jazz de México complace con versátil concierto" [Big Band Jazz de México pleases with versatile concert]. El Informador (in Spanish) (Guadalajara, Mexico). July 29, 2011. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
- "Big Band Jazz de México" (in Spanish). Mexico City: Chilango magazine. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
- "Armando Manzanero y la Big Band Jazz de México ofrecerán un concierto con diversidad musical" [Armando Manzanero and the Big Band Jazz de México offer a concert with musical diversity] (Press release) (in Spanish). CONACULTA. September 9, 2011. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
- "Big Band Jazz de México" (in Spanish). Hidalgo, Mexico: Secretaria de Turismo y Cultura Hidalgo. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
- "Documental ofrece historia de Big Band Jazz de México" [Documentary offers history of the Big Band Jazz de México]. El Universal (in Spanish) (Mexico City). September 3, 2011. Retrieved October 7, 2011.