No, not the fine radio show on KPRG, just an excellent Sunday night performance by Larry Franquez and his friends at the Holiday Inn.
Larry is a professional jazz drummer who tours internationally yet still brings his love of music back home to Guam several times a year.
One of the highlights of the evening was special guests Forrest Harris on guitar and Francisco ‘Ankie’ Franquez, Larry’s uncle, playing harmonica. Mr. Harris is 72 and Mr. Franquez is 84 and their joy at playing music is palpable.
Here’s the whole ensemble including Dante Trinidad on piano, Mike DiAmore on sax, Forrest Harris on guitar, Lawrence Laguana on bass, Ankie Franquez on harmonica, Larry Franquez on drums, and Rosanne Limuaco on vocals. They were playing Paper Moon at this point.
Here’s a closeup of Rosanne. She’s got a hell of a voice and she put it to good use on several standards throughout the night.
My apologies this is a crummy picture and it looks even worse scaled down, but this is Gen Advincula singing while Ankie Franquez accompanies on the harmonica. She’s 24 and he’s 84, but they are both natural performers. And that girl can wail on the sax.
Here’s the flier that I received a couple weeks ago:
Guam Jazz LIVE
International Jazz Drummer
Guam’s only surviving pioneer musicians
Francisco “Ankie” Franquez harmonica
Forrest Harris guitar
Rosanne Limuaco vocals
Dante Trinidad piano
Mike DiAmore sax
Lawrence Laguana bass
Gen Advincula alto sax/vocals