azz guitar man Jaime Valle has been a force on the San Diego scene for many decades. That stayed true even after he moved to the picturesque Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende. I was curious for a report about how his community was responding to the pandemic. “Well, there were no rebels against the rules,” he says.
“It’s been almost four months since we’ve had a case. People have no issues wearing a mask, because nobody wants to get sick. My neighbor waited ten hours to get her second vaccination. It’s not political in Mexico. Luckily, I was able to come back to San Diego twice to get my shot.”
- Saturday, July 31, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
- Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, 1008 Wall Street, San Diego
Valle is also returning to town July 31 to play the second gig of the La Jolla Athenaeum’s recently revived summer concert series, following the debut episode earlier this month featuring the Larry Goldings Quartet. Valle’s group of Latin jazz heavyweights go by the handle Jaime Valle and Equinox.
The band features Otmaro Ruiz on keyboards, Allan Phillips on percussion, John Pena on bass, Anibal Marcelo Seminario on saxophones, and jazz fusion-icon Alex Acuna on drums. Even casual jazz fans will recognize Acuna’s name from his time with Weather Report, memorialized on the albums Heavy Weather and Black Market.