Joan Chamorro and the SAJB: Past, Present, and Future

The SAJB and guests let off some steam at the 2021 Jazzing Fest.
The quintet (l. to r.): Chamorro, Ignasi Terraza, Andrea Motis, Josep Traver, Esteve Pi.
Long-time sax section stalwart Alba Esteban (center) has her day, and well-deserved.
In 2008, with their most rewarding days together in the SAJB still ahead of them, young music students Eva Fernandez, Andrea Motis, Carla Motis, and Magali Datzira had already formed lasting friendships.
Beginning as a small Dixieland combo in 2006, by the time this photo was taken in 2009, the SAJB had grown into a full-size big band.
Instructing Joan Mar Sauque, Rita, and Andrea at the 2015 National Culture Awards ceremony.
A spectacular 2015 working of the classic “Cherokee,” with guests Joel Frahm, Pablo Arias, and select SAJB musicians, with Chamorro himself having a blast on his cherished baritone sax.
Putting the band through their paces at The Jazz House.
Chamorro with Blanca Gallo Yanez, the SAJB project manager for the past five years. “When you present me as your ‘right hand’, “ she says, “I feel honored and very grateful to participate in a 360º project, where education, profession, talent, people, joy, passion … come together in a single concept: jazz.”
Drummer Abril Sauri leads the second formation of La Magia de la Veu in 2016. with Alba Armengou, Rita Payes, and Alba Esteban.
The trombone section (l. to r.): Perot Rigau, Luc Martin, Claudia Rostey, and Hugo Vlach.
The saxophone section (l. to r.): Andreu Romero, Alba Esteban (who has since ‘graduated’ from the band), Pere Company, Lola Penaranda, Sander Theuns, Koldo Munne, Shantii Ming, and Elian Sabogal.
The trumpet section (l. to r.): Martha Vives, Elsa Armengou, Alba Armengou, Max Munne, Marti Costalago, and Gerard Penaranda.
With filmmaker Ramon Tort at the 2013 Austin, TX premiere for “A Film About KIds and Music”
Giving himself quite a workout conducting the band’s extraordinary 2017 rendition of Gordon Goodwin’s “Count Bubba.”
Celebrating the SAJB’s 10th anniversary in 2016.
Live stream video of Jazzing Fest 2021, with the band presenting Chamorro cakes, and a round of “Happy Birthday” to celebrate the band’s 15 years.

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