Mayaguez Jazz Festival 2012

Wilbert Sostre reports from jazz festival in Puerto Rico

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Friday, November 16
The last Jazz Festival of the year 2012 in Puerto Rico was without a doubt a great success. Three days of good jazz in all its forms. On the first night, November 16, the fusion of latin music and straight ahead jazz of pianist Rey Monrozeau included an excellent version of the bolero Besame Mucho.

Sound Jazz, the official band of the Mayaguez radio station Vid 90.3, closed the night with a mix of nice originals and jazz standards.

Saturday, November 17

On the second night, the musical offering started with the latin jazz sounds of Mar Picao, a group of good musicians, including drummer Carlos Rosario. The Festival was dedicated this year to Rosario, recognized cardiologist and musician in Mayaguez. Rosario also played on sunday with the Mayaguez Big Band.

The music got even better with the second act of the night, pianist Angel David Mattos and his project Jazz Boricua. Jazz Boricua includes a dream team of jazz virtuosos and masters improvisers from Puerto Rico, bassist Aldemar Valentin, drummer Hector Matos, saxophonist/clarinetist Ricardo Pons and of course Angel David Mattos. Like the group name suggest. Jazz Boricua's music is a wonderful fusion of jazz with Puerto Rican music, Bomba, Plena, Seis, Danza, etc.

Sunday, November 18
The Mayaguez Big Band with musical director Peter Vega opened the last night of the fest. An offering of latin jazz and dancers heated up the night under a cloudy sky, preparing the stage for the next act.

The Mayaguez Jazz Fest closed on a high note with the intense music and virtuosic display of Grammy nominated Negroni's Trio. This power trio is composed by father and son, Jose Negroni on piano and Nomar Negroni on drums, bassist Josh Allen and a very special guest, Ed Calle on saxophone. The energy of these guys is amazing, enough to leave the audience breathless and wanting more. A nice way to end a good year for jazz in Puerto Rico.

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