An unforgettable night in Mexico

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    Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Session Mexico
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    Alejandro Sanz
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    Jesse & Joy, Alejandro Sanz
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    Joy & Alejandro Sanz
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    Gloria Calzada
September 06, 2013 -- 7:10 am PDT

The  idea behind the Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Session is to have an opportunity to enjoy great artists and their music in an intimate setting to better savor the pleasures of telling stories in song.

The 5-time Latin GRAMMY winners Jesse & Joy performed their songs on a stage decorated with a couch and floor lamps, reinforcing the notion of a gathering at home, singing among friends. An hour later,  the 15-time Latin GRAMMY winner Alejandro Sanz, unveiled his new band and sang conjuring the drama and power of a stadium show.

Each in their own way, on Thursday, Sanz and Jesse & Joy took the opportunity to turn the beautiful and acoustically remarkable Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral, part of the complex of the Sociedad de Autores y Compositores de México, into an extraordinary living room.

After a brief introduction by presenter Gloria Calzada, the siblings  Jesse & Joy Huerta, accompanied by a quintet that included trumpet, bass, guitar, cajón and piano, opened the event revisiting some their great hits such as “Con Quien Se Queda El Perro” and “La de La Mala Suerte”, but also new songs such as “Me Quiero Enamorar”.

Without losing intimacy, mostly thanks to Alejando Sanz’s charm, the second half was painted with bold strokes in vivid colors. Fronting a 10 piece band that included keyboards, electric and acoustic guitars, trumpet, two backup singers, bass drums and percussion, Sanz of several songs of his latest album La Música No Se Toca, such as “Camino de Rosas”, “Mi Marciana” (sang with Jesse & Joy) and “No Me Compares,” in which he called on Noel Schajris, best known as one half of Sin Bandera.

But Sanz also included “Looking For Paradise” and “Corazón Partío,” a piece he called “one of the most important songs in my career” noting also that he started writing it in Monterrey, México.

Another notable moment was the collaboration on Sanz and Jesse & Joy on the duo’s great hit “¡Corre!”.

The event, presented by The Latin Recording Academy, CÎROC® Ultra Premium Vodka, Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry, and Heineken®, included guests such as maestro Armando Manzanero, and the one time rock star and later popular film and TV figure Cesar Costa, took place in Mexico City for the third consecutive year. More events from this series are planned in the United States in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Los Ángeles and Miami.