Les Gwan Jupons play vintage party music from the French, Spanish and English-speaking Caribbean . . . biguine and mazurka from Martinique and Guadeloupe, calypso from Trinidad, cumbia from Colombia, mento from Jamaica, bolero from Cuba. Les Gwan Jupons translate music from rare Caribbean recordings of the 1930s to 60s to the context of a contemporary acoustic jazz ensemble, with instrumentation inspired by the biguine bands of Martinique dancehalls in the 1930s. The band is named in French Creole for the puffy skirts traditionally worn by women at Carnival celebrations. Co-led by bassist Lisa Mezzacappa (bass) and John Finkbeiner (guitar), Les Gwan Jupons are Cory Wright (clarinet), Rob Ewing (trombone), John Hanes (drums).
The 2014 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival 2013 Season at Yerba Buena Gardens in downtown San Francisco runs May 4 through October 26, 2014 and presents over 90 free events including music, theater, circus, dance, poetry, festivals and children’s programs with artists from Africa, Japan, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, the Philippines, Sweden, China, Venezuela and the Bay Area. This year’s Festival features events at Jessie Square with poetry, dance workshops and salsa dancing. Yerba Buena Gardens is located between Mission Street and Howard Street and 3rd and 4th Streets in downtown San Francisco.