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Mark Feinman, John O'Leary & Alejandro Arenas


Sunday, September 18th, 2016 - 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum

2240 9th Ave S., St. Petersburg, FL 33712

La Lucha, the Tampa Bay area based jazz bandwill pay tribute to 

National Hispanic Heritage Month with a concert featuring songs spanning the history, culture and influences of Jazz throughout Latin America.  Their repertoire includes new arrangements of popular Spanish hits and hidden musical gems from Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba and the United States  

Special Guests

James Suggs, trumpet

Gloria Muñoz, singer/poet

Admission:  $15 at the door

Awarded Creative Loafing's "Best of the Bay Jazz Ensemble" 2013, 2014 & 2015,

La Lucha is a Tampa Bay based trio that consists of three friends from three different parts of the world; Colombia, Mexico & United States. Their repertoire is a diverse mixture of Latin inspired rhythms with Jazz standards, twisted arrangements of pop songs and original compositions. La Lucha was awarded the "Think Small to Think Big Grant," by Creative Pinellas, featured presenters at TEDxTampa Bay (2014) & TEDxUSF (2015) and were honored by a grant through the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, to present a multi-media project raising awareness for Alzheimer's disease.

Gloria Muñoz is a singer & poet from St. Petersburg, Florida. She has been honored by the Estelle J. Zbar Poetry Prize, the Bettye Newman Poetry award and most recently The Best New Poets Anthology. Gloria received Creative Loafing's 

"Best of the Bay Local Poet" in 2014. 

James Suggs is a trumpet player who now resides in St. Petersburg. He was the featured soloist while on tour with the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra and also had the honor of playing with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Suggs spent eight years living and performing in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While there, he toured with Argentinean bands, visiting countries including: Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay, Venezuela, Mexico, England, Portugal and Spain.

The Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association provides jazz opportunities for enthusiasts throughout the Tampa Bay area.  The primary focus of the association is to encourage and promote the understanding & appreciation of jazz, its origins & evolution and presenting live performances in the Tampa Bay area.  The association is also very active in education and provides scholarships to students who plan to further their jazz studies.




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