Jazz On The Seventh Day

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 Franquez plays the drums
Larry is a professional jazz drummer who tours internationally yet still brings his love of music back home to Guam several times a year.

Forrest Harris on guitar, Francisco 'Ankie' Franquez on harmonica
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.

Jammin' on Paper Moon: Dante Trinidad on piano, Mike DiAmore on sax, Forrest Harris on guitar, Lawrence Laguana on bass, Ankie Franquez on harmonica, Larry Franquez on drums, Rosanne Limuaco on vocals
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.

Rosanne Limuaco on vocals
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.

It's a crummy picture, but this is Gen Advincula singing while Ankie Franquez accompanies on the harmonica. She's 24 and he's 84, but they both love music
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:

Holiday Inn
Resort

Presents

Guam Jazz LIVE
Featuring

International Jazz Drummer
LARRY FRANQUEZ

And

Guam’s only surviving pioneer musicians
Francisco “Ankie” Franquez harmonica
Forrest Harris guitar

With

Rosanne Limuaco vocals
Dante Trinidad piano
Mike DiAmore sax
Lawrence Laguana bass

Introducing
Gen Advincula alto sax/vocals

4 thoughts on “Jazz On The Seventh Day

  1. Anonymous

    Guten tag, Herr Strohmeyer,

    How did Herr Franquez get the knick “Ankle?” Did he have a bad turn on the hoops court going in for a layup as a younger man? (Sarcasm now off.)

    Where is the Holiday Inn these days? Jeez, I been gone so long and the hotels just keep movin’ ’round.

    Brother, I been in Texas too frickin’ long. Here is my latest random setlist on my jukebox:

    Medicine – Drag The River
    Buena Vista – Gomez
    Taj Mahal – Sam Roberts
    Alphabet City – Two Cow Garage
    The Late Greats – Wilco
    Never Gonna Change – Drive By Truckers

    OK, Gomez and Sam Roberts redeem things a bit, but y’all caint stop the fack thait aihm fixin’ ta see Two Cow Garage down the street next weekend.

    Just a couple weeks until you join us in demolition ain Poplar Grove.

    Si Craig

  2. Thomas

    Sorry, I didn’t ask why he’s nicknamed Ankie. Some sort of derivation of Frankie/Francisco I guess.

    Holiday Inn is/was the Parc Hotel at Matapang Beach. Where the California Pizza Kitchen used to be. Perhaps you’re thinking of the budget place called Holiday Plaza, location of Mac & Marti’s (which is not that shithole Marty’s and their panoply of short shorts girls).

  3. J.

    Personally, I dislike the guy. As a band teacher, he was a dick; and, when he didn’t have an oboe for me to play for an entire semester, he gave me a B- in the class, as though it was my fault DOE deprived high schools of oboes. Because of that grade, I ended up 8th in my class, instead of valedictorian. So yes, I’m bitter; but ultimately, I’m glad there’s a pool of remarkable talent in the island.

  4. sapere aude

    A great group. I’ve enjoy their music. Easy listening music with a great cigar from Mac & Marty’s and a Dr. Pepper– that’s a slice of heaven. *chuckles*

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