Whenever we travel away from our native New York, we always seek out the local musicians. In Oaxaca, where we just experienced the Days of the Dead, marimba bands were easy to find, hot jazz less so. But we persevered! And we were rewarded.
Here you have a rare picture of the Oaxaca Wanderers in action. It would be both unkind and inaccurate to say that their jam session is in the least wooden. From the left, there’s Lester “Presidente” Joven on tenor and overalls. He really sinks his teeth into his solos. To his right, we have Horacio “Caliente” Vaca and his sister Elsie on trumpets. Elsie used to be a stripper but has given it up for a strong lead in the fashion of Conrad Gozzo.