The fantastic month of weekly jazz at Carnal is sadly coming to a close, but fear not! There’s still time to get in on the action. The “Women in Jazz” series has been gracing Carnal with its sound every Tuesday at 10 PM to mark the international (and annual) Jazz Appreciation Month, who this year celebrated the centenary of jazz queen, Ella Fitzgerald.
After witnessing some of the talent on show over the last few weeks, I can say the last week is not one to pass up. Closing proceedings tomorrow will include the talented Yamile Burich, backed by a four woman-strong ensemble.
Yamile has been a familiar face in Buenos Aires jazz scene for the best part of a decade, following an expansive tour of some of the best jazz spots around the globe: New Orleans, New York and Havana to name a few. This week at Carnal, Yamile’s sax will be backed by guitar, double bass and a mixture of percussion, including the conga (a Cuban based creation).
Expect tasty tunes coming in various jazz-related forms; there’s simply no better way to start off the week.
“Women In Jazz:” Buenos Aires Edition
Over the course of this month’s project, I’ve caught up with a few faces: jazz singer Abril Olivera and one of the project organizers, Martín Jacovella.
Jazz singing is no easy feat, but Abril made it seem all too simple in her slot at Carnal. Entering the jazz world as a child, courtesy of her parent’s shared love for the music, Abril has been immersed in jazzy waters ever since. Having performed a fair amount of times around the city, she knows the scene well.
Tell me about your influences.
One name that stands out for me is Sarah Vaughn, without a doubt, as a vocalist. For composers, I like Bill Evans a lot, and I love Chet Baker. Listening to him sing and play is a very emotional process for me.
Do you think the jazz scene here is a particularly big scene?
It’s not a huge scene, good jazz courses here are at the Manuel De Falla. But it’s not normal to enter an average club [where] they will be playing jazz. You have to go to Palermo. Jazz is always trendy. It’s never not, but it’s not that popular.
I think that in Buenos Aires there’s a real mixture of people who like it. It’s not something that just adults only listen to, there are many younger jazzy fanatics too. For some, it provides a platform for future jazz careers. I think jazz has a language that transcends the ages.
Is there a fair representation of women in jazz in Buenos Aires?
Today, thank the lord, women’s representation is growing, as is people’s consciousness. There are a lot of women’s bands out there, not as many compared to men, but the feminist scene is growing without a doubt. There are a lot more women composers, and those who have continued to show solidarity. Now, you can go to a bar and there’s a girl playing the guitar and singing really well. This didn’t exist as much before, I think.
Having been involved with the project from the get-go as a proficient project organizer, Martín is an experienced hand when it comes to creative projects, jazz and otherwise. A key component to the projects? Keeping a classic theme filtering through new and exciting projects in the city.
What is the message of this year’s project?
The event is a homage to women in jazz because of the centenary of Ella Fitzgerald; we are rallying bands led or integrated by women. I think that it creates an important space in the artistic scene and especially for the jazz scene.
What do you think of the jazz scene in Buenos Aires?
The jazz scene here is growing loads, we have an international jazz festival in November. Well, in fact last year we had various other events through Bars and Arts. Last year we had “Jazz and Wine,” this year it’s called “Women In Jazz,” and there [are] various events coming up.
Have you found that there is a big mixture between members of the audience?
The scene is attracting more and more young people as fans of jazz, in fact tonight the majority of people are younger. There is a strong movement in jazz at the minute, a good things that differs from other jazz clubs is that you don’t have to pay an entrance fee, with these events you get in for free.
What’s next on the bill?
Well, we’ve got various other themed events coming up this year, in Carnal as well as other spots. There’s “Sprit Nights,” “Bubble Nights” and “Cocktail nights”.
Jazz heads, watch this space!
Tuesday evening: April 25th from 10 PM onwards
Carnal (Niceto Vega 5511)
Entry is free