On the occasion of International Jazz Day 2021 we put the spotlight on two jazz musicians.
Aurora Bertrana (1892-1974) wanted to be a writer, but her father opposed her plans and sent her to study the cello in Girona. Later she moved to Barcelona where she made a living playing the cello in a women’s trio in night clubs. In 1923 she continued her music studies in Geneva, played in a trio at the Hotel Chamonix and shortly founded there her own ensemble Jazz Women, the first jazz band made up entirely of women. Some six years later Aurora finally published her first book, but that is another story.
A present-day performer is the versatile jazz singer Laura Simó. For a taste of her musical talent listen to ‘Down Here on the Ground’, composed by Lalo Schifrin from the prison drama film ‘Cool Hand Luke‘. Enjoy!