I've probably mentioned the Sant Andreau Jazz Band before.
It's a music school for young Catalonians from the ages of seven to twenty-one.
The standard is exceptional.
This is one of their stars, Andrea Motis who is about 21 this year. She plays trumpet, alto and soprano sax to a professional standard. She has an exceptional vocal range and has no business being this good looking.
This is her latest recording.
Here's one who's "up-and coming," Alba Armengou who also plays trumpet and alto sax and is fourteen.
The other girls singing are Andrea Motis, who I've mentioned, Elia Bastida, violin/tenor sax and fifteen year old Rita Payes, trombone.
It's a fact that reed and brass instrument players, if they can also sing are able to hold "long tones" without going out of tune or the notes, cracking.As demonstrated here. Their musical knowledge helps them to harmonise with each other.
The other girls all take turns singing lead vocals, they are that good. They have few problems singing in English either.
You can see they all love the life. They have a huge repertoire of jazz standards.
Here's Alba at the age of ten on trumpet soloing with the whole orchestra at a concert. totally fearless.
The band play at concerts, mostly in Spain but in other European countries and as here in small clubs in and around Barcelona as well as open air concerts in the city squares. They are occasionally augmented by adult soloists and rhythm musicians
You don't have to like jazz to appreciate the quality.
There's a huge selection of their performances on YouTube
Beats the rubbish we often get on "The Voice" doesn't it?
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