And so, another month has ended. It was good.
- 2 November: Jam Manouche @ Rubicón, Calle del Sol 4
- Apparently, I was attending an historic event: first ever Manouche Jam in Santander. From now on, it’s gonna be every first Sunday of the month.
- 6 November: Antonio Borja @ El Cazurro, Playa de La Arnía, Liencres
- An evening of flamenco music in a cozy restaurant (great seafood!) overlooking the beach in Arnía.
- 7 November: Samuel Blaser Trio @ Salón de Actos de la E.T.S. de Náutica de la Universidad de Cantabria
- An experimental jazz trio featuring Samuel Blaser (trombone), Marc Ducret (guitar) and Peter Bruun (drums).
- III Encuentro Internacional de Canción de Autor featuring:
- 11 November: Gustavo Almeida (Brazil) + Cierto Pablo @ Canela Bar, Plaza de Cañadio
- 12 November: Ida Susal + JaviBotanz @ Rubicón
- 13 November: Claudio H (Argentina) + Yael Gaitero @ Escalera 41, Calle San Celedonio 41
- 14 November: Julio Hernández (Cuba) + Paolo Latrónica @ Restaurante Bodegas Mazón, Calle Hernán Cortés 57
- 15 November: Linker vs Latrónica @ La Nave Que Late, Calle Antonio López 66
- 16 November: Tincho Fernan (Uruguay) + Nuria González @ Cientocero, Calle Río de la Pila 20
- 18 November: Swing Sentidos @ Canela Bar
Appetisers: a couple of groovy originals. Main course: Gypsy swing standards. Dessert: a sizzling interpretation of Man of Constant Sorrow.
- 20 November: Chambao @ Escenario Santander
Say no more.
- 25 November: The Buttshakers @ El Almacén de Little Bobby, Calle del Sol 20
- Fabulously raw soul and rhythm and blues. An orgasm of a show.
- 26 November: The Blue Ribbon Healers @ Rubicón
I was meant to meet my friends at Rubicón that night but I was late. When I got there, about 10 pm, the room was totally crowded and the singer sang Ямщик, не гони лошадей (she seemed to know about three-quarters of the lyrics). I got quite close to the band but still could not see my friends. As I learned later, they turned up on time, found it too crowded, and headed to another bar. But I decided to stay because the band were really good. What their music is like? You can discover yourself. In the Healers’ own words, they “have concocted a sonic gumbo of tasty treats for the ears and feet, a sound you can drink to, dance to, and smoke to, a feeling that warms the heart and brings people together in lively celebration”. Yummy.
- 27 November: Curtis Stigers @ Salón de actos de la Fundación Botín, Pedrueca 1
I just found out that Curtis Stigers plays four shows over two days at Ronnie Scott’s in London next month, with tickets priced from £65 to £100, and they are already sold out. Well I just saw him for free. He is supported by the band featuring Matthew Fries (piano), James Scholfield (guitar), Cliff Schmitt (bass) and Paul Wells (drums). Stigers smoothly moves from jazz standards such as Our Love is Here to Stay, The Way You Look Tonight and In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning to Things Have Changed and Jealous Guy to his own Hooray for Love. My favourite was his take on Emmylou Harris’ I Don’t Wanna Talk About It Now by Emmylou Harris.
- 30 November: Jam Manouche @ Rubicón
- This jam (originally planned to be on first Sunday of December) was moved one week forward. The last song was Очи чёрные played completely unplugged.