Wednesday 11th

5:30pm – CentroCentro. Sala Begué
Free admission until full capacity is reached

Author: Jaime Bajo
Speakers: Luis Lapuente, Pedro Ruy-Blas, Teddy Bautista, Noa Lur.


The swing in jazz. The ‘Duende’ in flamenco. The vibe in reggae. The flow in rap. The ‘Tumbao’ in Latin music. The groove has had lots of names throughout history, depending on the musical genre in which it appeared. But they all meant the same thing. Or, at least, they all referred to an aspect that is common to all these musical genres that emerged from the African diaspora: that rhythmic cadence that only some people can capture, but then when they do, when they turn it on, they hit us with it in the depths of our soul, inevitably leaving us with no choice but to get down and shake our booties. The ‘Spell of Groove’ invites twenty essential characters in the history of “groovadelic” music, such as Irma Thomas, George Clinton (Parliament-Funkadelic), The Impressions, Rubén Blades, Roy Ellis (Symarip), Benny Golson or Mulatu Astatke, to enlighten us through the valuable life lessons they contribute to the book. A journey to the heart of groove in the words of its major protagonists: the musicians who have shaped it and given it content.


Jaime BajoJaime Bajo (1983). A lover of music with African-American roots, Jaime Bajo is deputy manager of Más Jazz magazine, and a collaborator with the newspapers El Salto and Hortaleza Periódico Vecinal, the magazine Enlace Funk, a fanzine called the Bruxismo, and the Alma de León radio show on Radio3. He is also the author of the books “Ska in Spain” (2015) and “The Spell of Groove” (2019), and director of the short film “El Ritmo que Adoptamos del Caribe” (The Rhythm we Adopted from the Caribbean) (2007).


Pedro Ruy BlasPedro Ruy-Blas (1949). As a teenager he recorded with bands like Los Príncipes or Los Grimm, he took over from Teddy Bautista in Los Canarios when he went off on his military service, he started his solo career in 1970 with unforgettable singles like “A Los que Hirió el Amor” or the censored “Mi Voz es Amor”, before becoming the singer and drummer of his jazz fusion band, Dolores. He is known as “The American”, due to his love for jazz or soul.

Teddy BautistaTeddy Bautista (1943). Leader and founder of one of the best African-American music bands in Spain, Los Canarios (1964-1974), Teddy explored soul music with them with brilliant singles such as “Get on your Knees”, “Child” or “Free Yourself” before he ended up drifting towards progressive rock in the early seventies. Since then he has diversified as a producer, composer or actor in several musicals.

Noa Lur (1983). This musician from Bilbao is, perhaps, the best young jazz performer in our country, and one of the most outstanding voices in the European jazz scene – Bobby McFerrin chose her to be his support artist. Her versatility and her on-stage performance is great fun both for kids (Jazz for Children) and for adults of all kinds. Her most recent project, “Gaur” (Today), explores the repertoire of Oskorri or Mikel Laboa in a jazz style.