The experience is a behind-the-scenes look at a local jazz band. We'll meet up at a recording/ practice studio that we call home in the center of Coyoacán. Kick back and enjoy a tequila or mezcal and get to know the band and our personal histories. The six of us represent three countries and six cities of origin and somehow all ended up in the CDMX. We'll run through a set list in a private session/ pre-concert run-through/ rehearsal of about an hour and show you around the practice studio, which is used on a given day by several bands of all genres. Check out the instruments up close in an intimate setting. I play a King Super 20; Gabriel has a Selmer Mark VI, Héctor plays on the house drum kit, but don't get him started on equipment; Gonz swiches from the electric to an upright bass. Yann has three pianos, but tends to prefer his Korg. If you happen to be travelling with an instrument, you're welcome to sit in on a few tunes. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy the show! Remember, as an Experience, it could be a private concert or up to a maximum of eight guests. We're blocks away from the central plaza of Coyoacán, where guests can find some fun options to continue the evening. We have been meeting up on Thursday evenings for the past six years, with some flexibility.
I'm the cofounder and trumpet player of Candela Groove. I've been playing the horn for about 16 years, six of those with Candela Groove. We're a community band that met up at the Escuela Nacional de Música (now the Facultad de Música de la UNAM) with members hailing from Tamaulipas, France, Toluca, Ciudad Neza, Detroit, and CDMX. Our sound is hard bop/ Latina/ electric with a repertoire that includes hard bop standards by Nat Adderly, John Coletrane, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, et al, as well as original compositions. We released our second CD of original work in mid-2019 (check out the link). We play the local scene in Mexico City, and have also done jazz festivals in Mazunte, Oaxaca and San Cristobal, Chiapas, to name a few. We're committed to being a band; we've been together for six years and plan for many more!
Botanas include a delicious hummus recipe with pita chips. We also provide two beverages that can be local beer (I'm a fan of…
We rehearse in a recording studio/ small event hall/ practice studio on a secluded street eight blocks from the central Hidalgo plaza and four blocks from a smaller plaza called Parque Santa Catarina in the heart of Coyoacán. The converted Colonial home is filled with photos of jazz legends and features a peculiar mural that pays homage to the greats.
Private Session With Local Jazz Sextet